David Sullivan bio

David Sullivan took on the role of co-chairman at West Ham United approximately a year after parting ways with Birmingham City, a club he had been associated with for 16 years. Together with his long-time business partner, the late David Gold, Sullivan departed from Birmingham City in 2009. However, their hiatus from football was short-lived, as they assumed joint chairmanship of West Ham United less than a year later. This particular club held sentimental value for Gold, who had a deep connection from his upbringing, while Sullivan, a Welshman, had been a fervent supporter for many years.

Upon acquiring 27 percent ownership, Sullivan expressed that it took 22 years to fulfil his dream of gaining controlling interest in the club during the takeover. Two years later, following an increase in their shareholding to 60 percent, Sullivan and Gold announced their personal commitment to financially support player transfers.

David Sullivan-West Ham-Chairman

West Ham chairman David Sullivan

Controversy arose when Sullivan and Gold opted to leave Upton Park, considered by many as the club’s spiritual home, and relocate to the former Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season. This decision faced significant backlash, marked by protests and pitch invasions, especially during a challenging period when the club fought against relegation. Surviving four major protests, the most significant occurred during a 3-0 victory by Burnley.

Sullivan encouraged outside investment

Originally from Cardiff, Sullivan has overseen West Ham United’s establishment in the Premier League since winning a playoff under Sam Allardyce in the 2011-12 season, spanning a 12-year period. Over the years, he appointed various managers, including Slaven Bilic, David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini, and a second stint with Moyes.

Before accumulating wealth through successful property ventures and becoming one of the world’s wealthiest individuals with a fortune nearing two billion pounds. Sullivan entered the pornography industry in his early 20’s. After a brief 71-day prison stint, he successfully appealed the sentence, asserting that adults should decide what they want to read or not read.

Currently residing in Essex in a custom-built house, Sullivan holds the title of the club’s largest shareholder with 38 percent of the shares, with Karren Brady serving as deputy chair. The second-largest shareholder is Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky, with a 27 percent ownership stake.