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The Times Article – “A full paid member of the rotory club”

Written off before he even started, the East End boy built an empire but isn’t finished yet, writes Billy Kenber

“Hydraulics. Check.” “Collective switch. Check.” “Twist grip. Check.”

David Gold is hunched forward in his business suit, perring intently at the illuminated control panel of a Eurocopter 120. Outside, snow continues to fall and the gleaming black helicopter begins to rock and shake as it powers up. Continue reading...

Young Apprentice 2012 – John Fisher School

On the evening of Thursday 9th February the John Fisher School in Purley hosted its very own Young Apprentice Competition, attended by three prominent businessmen: chairman of West Ham Football club David Gold, chairman of House of Fraser Don McCarthy and owner of MOMA Food’s Tom Mercer who acted as the judges for the event. The competition was organised by the collaboration of two teachers in the school Mr A. Dean and Mr E. Miller. The prizes included an invitation to the executive box, containing ten seats, at West Ham’s Upton Park, House of Fraser vouchers, autobiographies from David Gold and Alan Sugar, and MOMA food samples. Continue reading...

West Ham chairman David Gold to give advice at Purley school

Budding entrepreneurs will enter the dragon’s den and pitch their ideas to three business moguls tonight.

Students at John Fisher School will face a trio of West Ham United Football club chairman David Gold, Chairman of House of Fraser Don McCarthy and the founder of Moma Foods Ton Mercer as part of a young enterprise event.

The panel, with an estimated net worth of £500 million, will grill the Year 11 Purley pupils over their ideas before offering their wealthy of experience on how to take the concept further. Continue reading...

BBC Late Kick Off interview with David Gold

Watch the BBC interview with David Gold below.
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David Gold interview on ITV’s London Tonight Program Continue reading...

David Gold: ‘My dad was in jail, we were in abject poverty, West Ham was pure escapism’

David Gold’s father, known in East End criminal circles as ‘Goldy’, was once the getaway driver for a gang who hauled a barge off the Thames and up Greenwich Creek, where they intended to unload £75,000 worth of copper ingots, in the days when £75,000 could buy a whole streetful of houses. Unfortunately for him and the gang, happily for the police, Goldy got a little too cosy sitting in the cab of his lorry and fell asleep. He was caught not so much red-handed as bleary-eyed.

The co-chairman of West Ham United relates this story with the timing born of a thousand tellings. Continue reading...

David Gold: My fear at learning I was on armed raid gang hit list

Terrified football tycoon David Gold has turned his home into a fortress after learning he is on the hit list of Britain’s most wanted armed robbers.

The West Ham co-owner has spent £250,000 installing CCTV, a direct phone line to the police… and even a PANIC ROOM.

David Gold and fiancee Leslie

Mr Gold, 74, says he’s been living in fear since being told by police that he was a target of the gang, who have carried out a series of violent raids on rich businessmen. Continue reading...

West Ham co-owner David Gold recovering well in hospital, says daughter Jacqueline

West Ham co-chairman David Gold is recovering well from cholangitis and septicaemia, his daughter Jacqueline said.

Gold went into hospital on Sunday after being taken ill on Wednesday evening.

Since then, the Hammers have been inundated with messages of support for the 74-year-old, who missed the team’s crucial 3-1 win over Liverpool last weekend. Continue reading...

West Ham beat Tottenham to win Olympic stadium backing

West Ham plan to retain the athletics track at the stadium in Stratford

West Ham have won the backing of Olympic bosses in the battle for the 2012 stadium, BBC London has learned.

Olympic Park Legacy Company executives have decided the offer from the club – which would retain the athletics track – is better than Tottenham’s rival bid.

They are expected to ask the company’s board to announce West Ham as the preferred bidder on Friday. Continue reading...

Nanny jailed over poisoning bid on Ann Summers boss

Allison Cox was hired by multi-millionaire tycoon Ms Gold to look after her child

A nanny who tried to poison Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold by lacing her asparagus soup with screenwash has been jailed for 12 months.

Allison Cox, of East Grinstead, West Sussex, admitted administering poison with intent to annoy last month. 

Cox, 33, was hired by lingerie tycoon Ms Gold, 50, to look after her child at her home in Whyteleafe, Surrey. 

Guildford Crown Court heard Cox was trying to get the chef who prepared the soup into trouble. Continue reading...