Making Haigh – GFH Capital's general counsel David Haigh on buying Leeds Utd
When David Haigh recounts his first meeting with Ken Bates the anecdote reveals as much about himself as it does about the famously combative ex-chairman of Leeds United Football Club. "He had his leaving event recently and I was reminding him about the first time we met in Monaco," recalls Haigh, whose Dubai-based GFH Capital bought the club from Bates at the end of last year. "His first question to me, in a rather gruff voice, was 'how old are you?' – to which the answer was about a third of his age." The comments are typical of the chipper self-confidence exuded by 35-year-old Haigh, the Islamic private equity group's general counsel and deputy chief executive – and now managing director of Leeds United, with responsibility for the daily running of the club.
The ebullient GFH Capital general counsel speaks to Alex Newman about buying Leeds United, his unorthodox legal career and lofty political ambitions
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