Jacqueline Gold transformed Ann Summers into a flourishing retail operation offering women lingerie, sex toys and more.
Why it matters
Gold was a pioneer in her field, credited with turning Ann Summers into a household name and bringing sex onto the High Street. She inspired a generation of women entrepreneurs and brought female sexuality into the mainstream.
What the papers say
The sources all agree on the key events and significance of Jacqueline Gold's life and work, with some providing additional details and personal anecdotes.
How we got here
Gold's father, David Gold, bought the four struggling Ann Summers sex shops in the early 1970s. She joined the family business as a teenager and rose to become director, then chief executive and finally executive chairwoman. Gold was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago and passed away on March 16, 2023.
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