Estimated as the 16th richest woman in the United Kingdom, Jacqueline Gold is most commonly recognised as the British businesswoman who is the Chief Executive of Gold Group International, Ann Summers and Knickerbox. Born in Kent as the daughter of two successful entrepreneurs, the business woman has been vocal in calling the women of Britain to join her on the path to success.
Jacqueline Gold began her career in business with a period of work experience at Ann Summers, which was owned by her father. Gold criticised the atmosphere of the early stores as seedy and male dominated, before attending a Tupperware party in London gave her the idea which would go on to become the immensely successful Ann Summers Parties.
Gold was appointed CEO of Ann Summers in 1987, transforming it into a multi-million pound business with a current workforce of 7,500 women party organisers, 136 high street stores throughout the UK, Ireland, and Channel Islands, with the takeover of Knickerbox in 2000 adding another five stores.
Across the course of her career, Gold has been voted the second Most Powerful Woman in Retail by Retail Week and one of Britain’s 100 Most Influential Women by The Daily Mail. Gold was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to entrepreneurship, women in business, and social enterprise.