David Sullivan, West Ham’s co-owner, has caused quite a stir during his time with the club. This was mainly because he warned that the players and management would have to take a pay cut even if the club avoids relegation.
Sullivan, along with David Gold, bought Birmingham City in 1993 and has been involved in football ever since.
So, just how did Sullivan end up where he is today? Let’s find out about the man. There are some surprising details along the way…
- David Sullivan was born on the 1st of February in 1949, in Cardiff. He graduated from the Queen Mary’s university with a degree in economics. That degree was put to use with a 21 year ownership, from 1986-2007, of the Sunday Sport and Daily Sport.
- Apart from being the joint-chairman of West Ham, he is also a British pornography entrepreneur. Believe it or not, this helped him in the initial stages of his career. After working at a petrol station that paid him £30 a week, he entered the porn market at 21 by producing weekly pictures that and selling photos that earnt him around £800 a week.
- On to the football then. Sullivan happened to buy Birmingham when it was advertised in the Financial Times. He helped to transform the club from being bottom of the second tier in English football to where they are now.
- In 2007, Sullivan seemed to have had enough by stating that he wanted to leave Birmingham. If that had alerted potential buyers, then the news of 2008 alerted the police. He and managing director, Karren Brady, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy which was to do with an alleged corruption in English football. Luckily for the pair, no action was to be taken.
- The long stay as co-owner of Birmingham looked to be taking its toll on him as he blamed previous manager Steve Bruce’s player signings for the club’s relegation from the Premiership in 2008.
- In January of this year, Sullivan and Gold accquired the 50% stake that was needed to take control of West Ham.
- Amongst Sullivan’s other interests, he likes horse racing and with all the money he has it is not surprising to hear that he lives in a house that cost £7.5m to build. He is Britain’s 68th richest man.
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