E100: Ann Summers CEO: The Heartbreaking Story Of One Of Britain’s Richest Women: Jacqueline Gold CBE

10.04.2021 - By The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

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Jacqueline Gold has been the CEO of AnnSummers for over thirty years, and we think after listening to this you’ll understand why she’s an inspiration to people everywhere. Taking over AnnSummers in 1987, she is now one of the richest people in the UK, and is worth over £400 million.  

At the beginning of her CEO journey, no one saw what she saw, that women might be interested in sex. Taking over a company run by and for men, AnnSummers and the sex industry was transformed by empowering a new audience, women. Female empowerment remains at the heart of everything she does. 

Jacqueline has had to overcome a lot of demons and obstacles in her life, but the attitude she’s employed to tackle these is nothing short of incredible. Jacqueline is an example of the power of approaching life with optimism and generosity, no matter what it throws at you.


Your early years - a traumatic childhood
Being a shy person
Using work as an escape 
Physical consequences from emotional trauma
How hard times have shaped me - Breast cancer 
The importance of being optimistic - The pandemic
AnnSummers - your journey
Receiving a bullet in the post
Discrimination as a female CEO
Putting a stop to a bully culture
Your relationship with money
Your worst day in business
Your partner
The passing of your child - IVF treatment
Being poisoned by your nanny
Your conclusive life advice
Our new question segment 



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