Ann Summers founder Jacqueline Gold dies months after football chairman dad

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    The founder of sex toy and lingerie shop Ann Summers has died aged 62.

    Entrepreneur Jacqueline Gold who "championed" women in business died on Thursday evening surrounded by family.

    Her death comes just two months after the passing of her West Ham co-chairman dad, 86. David had been in charge of the Hammers since 2010 when he and David Sullivan acquired a 50% share in the club.

    READ MORE: West Ham joint chairman David Gold dies aged 86 after short illness

    In a touching tribute from the Gold family, Jacqueline has been described as an activist through her work with Ann Summers and beyond.

    Their statement said: “It is with unspeakable sadness that Ann Summers confirm our amazing executive chair Jacqueline Gold CBE passed away yesterday evening with her husband Dan, daughter Scarlett, sister Vanessa, and brother-in-law Nick, by her side.

    “Jacqueline is best-known for founding Ann Summers and leading a business run by women, for women. She was also an activist for women in business, and championed female entrepreneurs with the ambition to better the working environment for women."

    It continued: "The thoughts and sincere condolences of everyone at Ann Summers are with Jacqueline’s husband Dan, daughter Scarlett, and sister Vanessa at this extremely sad time.”

    The 62-year-old was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to entrepreneurship, women in business and social enterprise.

    Jacqueline became a formidable force in retail, following in the footsteps of her late father David who led a true rags to riches life.

    Brought up in the east end of London, he was forced into developing his entrepreneurial ways as he and his mum battled poverty, while his criminal dad Godfrey 'Goldy' Gold was behind bars for a botched heist.

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    Gold junior meanwhile would help raise funds for his mum by selling buttons from a stall outside their house and later cards and sweets from their front room.

    The aspiring businessman and publisher first worked as a bricklayer. But Gold, well, struck gold selling lingerie before venturing out into publishing.

    He joined forces with David Sullivan in 1972 to launch the Sunday Sport newspaper in 1986, which went down as another raging success, thanks to its mixture of topless glamour models and satirical stories.

    Other X-rated titles included Rustler and Raider.

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