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GHISLAINE MAXWELL : Before - During - After - Epstein
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s Father Was a Dark and Mysterious Figure, Just Like Jeffrey Epstein

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"'Robert Maxwell set out to build a media empire. He ended up like a John le Carré villain embracing spooks across the world. Even his death is an enigma."

Clive Irving
Updated 07.29.19 1:19PM ET / Published 07.13.19 10:21PM ET

"Ghislaine Maxwell, the most elusive figure in the Jeffrey Epstein ménage, grew up in a family of dissemblers. In fact, the family business was built on dissembling.

No charges have been filed against 57-year-old Maxwell but she has been named in civil lawsuits alleging that she acted as a procurer of young women for Epstein. Their relationship has varied over the years from romantic to a more practical partnership in which she used her social connections to introduce Epstein to some notable figures, including Prince Andrew, the raciest member of Britain’s royal family.

Ghislaine’s father Robert Maxwell was one of the darkest and most mysterious men to appear in British public life
Even his death remains a mystery. In November 1991 he disappeared from the deck of his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, named for his youngest daughter, as it was anchored off the Canary Islands. (Like all Maxwell’s nine children Ghislane is French by birth—they were all delivered by the gynecologist sister of Maxwell’s wife Betty at a maternity home in Maisons Laffitte, a suburb of Paris.)

His naked body was found floating 15 miles away by a fisherman. Pathologists who performed post-mortem examinations disputed the cause of death. Two said he had fallen from the yacht after suffering a heart attack and drowned, a third said his heart condition had not been responsible, that he had fallen and drowned.

Throughout his whole life Maxwell concealed as much as he revealed. Outwardly he played the part of a charismatic businessman. But this performance was always based on an increasingly complicated web of companies with links that only he understood.

After his death it emerged that the Maxwell Communications Corporation owed money to 43 banks, with a total debt of more than $4 billion.

Seen through the eyes of forensic accountants it seemed like the life of a swindler and consummate con man. But the motivation behind it was more a self-created fantasy than greed. This was a pathology that I got to see myself, up close.

Maxwell first appeared as a small, flickering blob on my radar in 1963, in the first year of my leadership of an investigative reporting team at the London Sunday Times.

The paper’s science editor suggested that we take a dive into the records of a publishing company called the Pergamon Press, based in Oxford.

He explained that Pergamon published scientific journals. Pergamon’s list was originally built on an extraordinary coup planned by its owner, Maxwell.

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Portrait photograph of United States Army Technician 5th Grade Robert Maxwell, June 20, 1942.
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At the beginning of World War II a young Czech refugee, born Jan Ludvik Hoch, enlisted in the British Army as Private Robert Maxwell. By the end of the war he had fought from the Normandy beaches all the way to Berlin and risen to the rank of captain.

In Berlin Maxwell realized that a mother lode of scientific papers produced in Germany during the war had never been published in the West. While he was still in the British army and then in following years Maxwell arranged through German publishers to share the rights in these papers and he would publish them in English.

This was the West Berlin caught in the movie The Third Man, written by Graham Greene, in which Orson Welles is the unscrupulous Harry Lime making shady deals with shady people. Maxwell was not as cynical as Lime but he became adept at dealing in the hungry trading of the city where many of the deals were not in money but in bartered goods—in return for access to the scientific papers Maxwell could offer in exchange essentials that were in short supply.
Maxwell was in an obsessive pursuit of his own Great White Whale, in the form of Rupert Murdoch.

Maxwell’s personality thrived in such a world where his fluency in languages and his cunning and wits were fully engaged. He made contacts in Eastern Europe, behind the Iron Curtain, that paid off later.

But London was a different challenge. There he felt like an outsider in a place where the old boy network still ran everything, particularly in book publishing. Very quickly, he got on the wrong side of them.

At the Sunday Times we learned enough to figure out that Maxwell had developed a new business that took him way beyond the potential of the German archives. Across the world science was splintering into many more specialized disciplines. Pergamon editors spotted each new field of work as it emerged and contacted its leaders. They were offered positions on an editorial board, a title was created and a new journal appeared.

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"He had the Daily Mirror executive floor bugged so that he knew what his top managers were saying about him"


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Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell[ (born 25 December 1961)[2] is a British socialite and the youngest child of disgraced publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell. She moved to the United States after her father's death in 1991"

"Early life

"Ghislaine Maxwell was born in 1961, in Maisons-Laffitte, France,[4] the ninth and youngest child of Elisabeth (née Meynard), a French-born scholar, and Robert Maxwell, a Czech-born British media proprietor.

Her father was from a Jewish family and her mother was of Huguenot descent. Ghislaine was born days after a tragic car accident left her older brother Michael at age 15 in a prolonged coma, unresponsive until his death in 1967.[5]

Throughout childhood, Ghislaine resided with her family in Oxford at Headington Hill Hall, a 53-room mansion, where the offices to Robert Maxwell's Pergamon Press were also located.[4][6][3] Maxwell attended Headington School, Marlborough College, and Oxford University's Balliol College.[2]


Maxwell founded a successful women's club named after the original Kit-Cat Club.[7] Maxwell was a director of Oxford United Football Club, during her father's ownership of the club.[8][9] The Scotsman stated that Robert Maxwell had also "tailor made a New York company for her".[10]

She was widely credited with being her father's favorite child.[3][11][12] Her father named his luxury yacht the Lady Ghislaine after her, and it was near this yacht, in the Canary Islands in 1991, that his body was found floating in the sea.[13]

Though a verdict of death by accidental drowning was recorded, Maxwell has since stated that she believes her father was murdered,[14] commenting in 1997 that "He did not commit suicide. That was just not consistent with his character. I think he was murdered."[15] After his death, Robert Maxwell was found to have fraudulently appropriated the pension assets of his Mirror Group Newspapers to support its share price and was disgraced.[16] There were reportedly over £440m in pension funds missing, which left the surviving Maxwell family members and the British government in a bind to repay the 32,000 people affected.[17]

Ghislaine Maxwell moved to the United States in 1991, just after her father's death. Maxwell was photographed boarding the Concorde luxury aircraft to cross the Atlantic causing outrage amidst the pension scandal.

In 1992, she had moved to an apartment of an Iranian friend overlooking Central Park. At the time, she worked at a real estate office on Madison Avenue.

She was reported to be socializing with a crowd that included Ivana Trump and Adnan Khashoggi's son.
[18] Maxwell quickly rose to wider prominence as a New York City socialite."

[b]Jeffrey Epstein and sex trafficking allegations[/b


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Elisabeth Maxwell

"Elisabeth "Betty" Maxwell (11 March 1921 – 7 August 2013) was a French born researcher into the Holocaust who established the journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 1987. She was married to the publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell.[1]


"She was born Elisabeth Jenny Jeanne Meynard in La Grive, near Saint-Alban-de-Roche, France, to Paul and Colombe Maynard, Protestant descendants of the Huguenot aristocracy. Her father Paul owned a silk-weaving factory and was the mayor of the village.[1][2][3] Her parents sent her to England at age nine to attend the convent of Our Lady of Compassion at Acocks Green in Birmingham.[4] In 1932, she returned to France. Elisabeth Meynard studied law at the Sorbonne.

In September 1944, after the Liberation of Paris, she met Czechoslovakian-born British Army Captain Robert Maxwell, while working as an interpreter for the 'Welcome Committee', which introduced French people to allied officers; they married on 15 March 1945.

She then worked as his secretary and assistant in London as he established his

publishing empire. Elisabeth Maxwell and Robert had nine children:

Michael, Philip, Ann, Christine, Isabel, Karine, Ian, Kevin and Ghislaine.

Two of the children died in childhood; daughter Karine passed in 1957 at age three from leukemia and son Michael entered a coma following a car crash in 1961 and died six years later without regaining consciousness.[5] Starting in 1960, the family moved into residence at Headington Hill Hall where the offices to Robert Maxwell's Pergamon Press were also located.[6][4]

In her forties, she worked in public relations for her husband's company and campaigned for him in the General Election of 1964. She then earned a BA degree in modern languages at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

In 1981, at age 60 Maxwell was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in French Literature from the University of Oxford for her thesis on The art of Letter Writing in France, 1789-1830.[7][8] Maxwell researched her husband's Jewish relatives who died under Nazi rule, and discovered they amounted in total to over 300 of his immediate and extended family.[7][9]

In 1988, Elizabeth Maxwell organized a conference in both Oxford and London titled "Remembering for the Future".[4] That same year, she received the Sir Sigmund Sternberg award for furthering Christian/Jewish relations. Maxwell's authored a book on antisemitism titled Silence or Speaking Out, published in 1990 by the University of Southhampton.[10]

Elizabeth's husband Robert was found dead, floating in the waters of the Canary Islands near his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, in November of 1991. Following his mysterious death, evidence emerged that Robert Maxwell had plundered his employees' pension funds from the Mirror Group. It is believed she knew nothing of her husband's fraud; his behaviour left her financial resources severely depleted after his death.[7] Yehuda Bauer, a fellow Holocaust historian stated that after Robert Maxwell's death "Elisabeth lost her pension, all her property, and only her children continued to support her. She was a wonderful person, kind and supportive, quite contrary to her husband, whom she loved despite everything."[11]

Maxwell's autobiography, entitled A Mind of My Own: My Life with Robert Maxwell, was published in November 1994.[12] In a 1995 interview with the New York Times, she reflected on her marriage stating ”The worst years of my life were 1981 to 1991. I was at his beck and call with no kudos, nothing was right. What saved me was my work on the Holocaust.”[13]

Maxwell was an editor for the book Remembering for the Future: the Holocaust in an Age of Genocide, a comprehensive work including the contributions of nearly 200 scholars, published in 2001.[14][15] According to the BBC, Maxwell served as the executive chairman of the Remembering for the Future organization and was the opening speaker for the London conference Evil and Indifference: Is there an End to Genocide? held at Westminster Hall in July of 2000.[16] She was on the Executive Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews and founded the International Conference on the Holocaust.[14]

Elizabeth Maxwell was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Woolf Institute at Cambridge for her work to improved relations between Christians and Jews.[17][18] She also received an Honorary Fellowship at Tel Aviv University.[18]

She died at the age of 92 in Dordogne, France."

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"Christine Maxwell
(born 16 August 1950) is an Internet content pioneer and educator, best known as the creator and co-founder of Magellan. Maxwell also co-founded the software company Chiliad and is the author of several books. She is the Program Manager of Learning Technologies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

"Early Life

Christine Maxwell is the daughter of Elisabeth Maxwell, a French-born Holocaust scholar and Robert Maxwell, a Czech-born British media proprietor. She was born in Maisons Laffitte, France on August 16, 1950. Her father was Jewish and her mother was of Huguenot descent. One of nine children, siblings include her twin sister Isabel Maxwell, brothers Kevin Maxwell and Ian Maxwell, and younger sister Ghislaine Maxwell. In 1960, her family resided at Headington Hill Hall where the offices to Robert Maxwell's Pergamon Press were also located.

After completing her high schooling at Milham Ford Grammar School in Oxford, England in 1969, she entered Pitzer College, Claremont, California, from which she received the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Latin American Studies and Sociology in May 1972.

In September 1973 she entered Lady Spencer Churchill College of Education near Oxford. She graduated in June 1974 with a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate.


From September 1974 to June 1976 Maxwell worked as a middle school teacher at Shepherd’s Hill Middle School in Blackbird Leys, Oxford.

Maxwell earned a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Maxwell was an Editor for Pergamon Press Publishers in the early 1970s.

In the late 70s, she became a school editor for A. Wheaton & Company in Exeter, England. Maxwell is the author of The Pergamon Dictionary of Perfect Spelling[1] first published by Pergamon Press Ltd. in 1977. The book became an international best seller, proving valuable for dyslexic learners. Maxwell's book has been republished several times: in 2005 under the title Dictionary of Perfect Spelling by Barrington Stoke Publishers, in 2007 under the title Spell it Right by Berlitz , and most recently as the School Spelling Dictionary in 2012 by Barrington Stoke.

Information technology

Maxwell is the creator and co-founder of Magellan, one of the first professionally curated online search/reference guides to Internet content.[2][3] In 1992 she created and co-authored one of the first hard copy reference guides to the Internet: New Riders Official Internet Yellow Pages[4] and The McKinley Internet Yellow Pages;[5] both published by Macmillan Publishers in 1994 and 1995 respectively.

After Magellan was acquired by competing search engine Excite, in 1996,[6] she went on to co-found Chiliad:[7] a software company involved in the advance of on-demand, massively scalable, intelligent mining of structured and unstructured data through the use of natural language search technologies. The firm's software was behind the data search technology used by the FBI's counterterrorism data warehouse.[8]

She is the Program Manager of Learning Technologies at The University of Texas at Dallas[9] and is involved in Special Projects for Information Resources.

Maxwell is a former Trustee of the Internet Society[10] and The Santa Fe Institute.[11]

She presently serves on the boards of the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet[12] and Leonardo/OLATS.[13]

In 2011, she was appointed an IPv6 Fellow[14] of the Internet Protocol version 6 Forum in recognition of her contributions to support the promotion, deployment, and technology advantages of version 6 around the world.
Personal life

In 1986 she married Roger Malina of Berkeley, California. She has three children, sons Xavier (born 1988) and Yuri (born 1990) and daughter Giselle (born 1991). "

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Isabel Maxwell

"Isabel Sylvia Margaret Maxwell
(born 16 August 1950) is a French-born academic and entrepreneur most notable for being the co-founder of Magellan. Maxwell is a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum, and the President emerita of Commtouch.[1] She was a Director of Israel Venture Network and built up their Social Entrepreneur program in Israel from 2004-2010. Maxwell was also Senior Adviser to Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus' not-for-profit microfinance organization Grameen America.

Early life and education

Maxwell was born in Maisons Laffitte, France on August 16, 1950 along with her fraternal twin sister Christine, to parents Elisabeth and Robert Maxwell. Her father, a Czech-born British media proprietor, was Jewish and her mother, a French-born Holocaust scholar, was of Huguenot descent. One of nine children, her siblings include brothers Kevin Maxwell and Ian Maxwell, and younger sister Ghislaine Maxwell. In 1960, her family resided at Headington Hill Hall where the offices to Robert Maxwell's Pergamon Press were also located.

Maxwell studied at St Hilda's College at Oxford, graduating with her BA and MA in History and French in 1972.[2] She earned a Masters Degree in Education (French) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, before beginning her career in film and television production.

Film and television

In 1973, Maxwell made her first film, an adaptation of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Her second film, a documentary on lesbian women, was made in 1980 while at Southern Television in the UK. [3]

In 1981, Maxwell moved to the United States[2] where she continued to produce and direct documentaries. In 1982, Maxwell wrote and directed Grays Inn - A Fountain of Justice,[4] narrated by Ludovic Kennedy.

Maxwell worked with Djerassi Films Inc.[3] on collaborative projects with Dale Djerassi whom she married in 1984. They co-produced the feature film '68 (released in 1988 by New World Pictures) and the 1982 PBS documentary, Bhutan – A Strange Survival, introduced by the late Senator Charles H. Percy of Illinois and narrated by Ludovic Kennedy. Michael Aris, the late husband of Aung San Suu Kyi, served as adviser and writer.


Maxwell was a co-founder of the company behind early search engine Magellan. Isabel joined sister Christine Maxwell who was leading a small company called Research on Demand that was online in 1993"[1]". The company changed names to McKinley Group and became a search engine with ratings. Maxwell served as a senior vice president, her second husband, David Hayden "[2]", was CEO and her sister Christine was publisher.[2] In early 1996, the company was poised to IPO, but investment bank Robertson Stephens decided to put Excite on the market first. A few months later, IPOs became difficult and the startup company was running out of money. Magellan wanted to go public with Lehman doing the offering but was unsuccessful. Michael Wolfe's book Burn Rate also describes a failed deal to combine with Wolff New Media, which shortly later went broke itself.[5] With intensifying financial constraints, Maxwell’s husband was pushed out of the company by investors and her sister left. Isabel assumed the responsibility to dispose of the company. After a layoff, the firm was sold for $18 million (of stock) to competitor Excite.[2]

[b]Later Technology Leadership

From 1997 to 2001, Maxwell was the president of Commtouch, Inc., an Israeli-American e-mail messaging and security company. The company went public on NASDAQ in 1999.[6] In 2014, the company changed its name to CYREN.[7]

From 2003 to 2004, Maxwell was invited by Blumberg capital to become CEO of iCognito "[3]", renamed Puresight, an Israeli web content filtering software company. She turned the company around, and it was sold in 2005 to Boston Communications.[8][3]

Other interests

Maxwell was a member of Israel Venture Network, an organization founded in 2001 by Eric Benhamou.[9] "[4]" From 2004-2010 she was Chair of the IVN Social Entrepreneur Fellowship Program. "[5]", Video on YouTube,"[6]". She spoke on several occasions for and on behalf of IVN at conferences such as WEBBIT in Istanbul in Turkey[3] and had developed IVN conferences both in California and Israel.

She has been an invited and active member of the International Governing Board of the Peres center for peace since 1999 "[7]" and is on the governing board of the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center "[8]".

She works as a consultant for startup companies and venture capitalists.[6]

Personal life

Maxwell and Dale Djerassi divorced after eight years together. They had a son, Alexander. She later married dot-com entrepreneur David Hayden; that marriage also ended in divorce. In 2007 Maxwell married Al Seckel, but this marriage was not official, as Seckel was still legally married to his previous wife.[10] Maxwell and Seckel moved to France from Malibu, California, sometime around 2010, to care for Maxwell's ailing mother.[10] They lived in Chateau de la Malartrie in La Roque-Gageac, and acquired thousands of stone-age tools to sell in the U.S. [11] In December 2015, after Seckel's death, Maxwell was declared bankrupt by a British court.[12][13]

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Kevin Maxwell

Kevin Francis Herbert Maxwell
(born 1959) is a British businessman, and the fourth son of publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell.


"Kevin Maxwell is the fourth son of Elisabeth (née Meynard), a French-born scholar, and Robert Maxwell, a Czech-born British publishing tycoon. His father was Jewish and his mother was a French Protestant of Huguenot descent.[1] Kevin is one of nine siblings, two of whom died in childhood. Relatives include sisters Christine Maxwell, Isabel Maxwell, and Ghislaine Maxwell, and brother Ian Maxwell.[2] The family residence was once at Headington Hill Hall where the offices of Robert Maxwell’s Pergamon Press were also located.

Educated at Marlborough and Oxford University,[2] Kevin Maxwell spent most of his working life before 1991 employed by his father, including a spell as chairman of Oxford United F.C..[3] Following his father’s death and the collapse of the Mirror Group media empire, he became the biggest personal bankrupt in UK history with debts of £406.5 million in 1992.[4] He was later tried and acquitted of fraud arising from his role in his father's companies.[5]

The bankruptcy was lifted three years later, and he co-founded media company Telemonde,[6] which later failed. He entered into a further arrangement over debts he accrued subsequently. After his discharge from bankruptcy in 2005, Maxwell went into the property industry where he has been involved in setting up large property deals, including the sale of Earls Court Exhibition Centre and Olympia, and the purchase of Stables Market in Camden Town.[7]

On 8 July 2011, as a result of an Insolvency Service investigation into the collapse of Syncro, a Manchester-based construction company, Maxwell was disqualified from being a company director for eight years.[8][9]

Maxwell announced, in September of 2018, that he and his brother Ian had founded a UK think tank called Combating Jihadist Terrorism with the aim of better understanding terrorism and its causes.[10]

Personal life

In 1984, he married Pandora Warnford-Davis.[11] They once lived in a manor house in 10 acres (4 ha) of land in Oxfordshire. They had seven children[12] but separated in 2007.[13]"

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Ian Maxwell

"Ian Maxwell
(born 1956) is a British businessman, son of the publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell.

Early life and education

"Maxwell, born 1956 in Maisons Laffite, France, is the son of Elisabeth (née Meynard), a French-born scholar, and Robert Maxwell, a Czech-born media mogul.[1] His father was Jewish and his mother was a French Protestant of Huguenot descent.[2] He is one of nine siblings, of which two died in childhood. Relatives include sisters Isabel Maxwell, Christine Maxwell, and Ghislaine Maxwell, and brother Kevin Maxwell. The family moved to Headington Hill Hall in 1960.

Ian Maxwell was educated at Summer Fields School, Marlborough College and Oxford University.

His first involvement in his father's business was at Pergamon Press from 1978 to 1983. After a short time at the Prince's Charitable Trust, he rejoined the Maxwell business, this time at British Printing and Communications Corporation (later renamed Maxwell Communications Corporation).[3]

Mirror Group

Ian Maxwell was appointed chairman of Mirror Group Newspapers plc (MGN) following the death of his father on 5 November 1991.[4] For the next month the group was the subject of speculation regarding its financial position. On 3 December 1991, Maxwell and his brother Kevin resigned from the board of Maxwell Communication Corporation and nine hours later resigned from MGN, following the disclosure that "many million" of pounds had been transferred from the Mirror Group pension fund to Robert Maxwell's private companies apparently without due authority.[5] MGN announced "Because of increasing conflicts of interest, Ian Maxwell, chairman and publisher of MGN, Kevin Maxwell, and Michael Stoney, who has a major management involvement in the Maxwell private companies, have today resigned from the board of MGN and its subsidiaries and have also ceased their executive duties in the MGN Group."[5]

In June of 1992, Ian Maxwell, Kevin Maxwell, and their financial advisor Larry Trachtenberg were arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud others of millions of dollars.[6]

in 1996, Ian Maxwell, Kevin Maxwell, and Larry Trachtenberg were all acquitted.[1]

In 1995, Maxwell was involved with Maximov publications, a company that focused on Russia and the former Soviet countries.[1]

Maxwell announced, in September of 2018, that he and his brother Kevin had founded a UK think tank called Combating Jihadist Terrorism with the aim of better understanding terrorism and its causes.[7]

Personal life

Maxwell has been married twice. In 1991, he married television producer Laura Plumb. They divorced in 1996. In 1999, he married Tara Dudley Smith, the daughter of Jockey Club steward Susan Gilmour. They separated in 2009 and are believed to have divorced. Tara lives with their son in a ‘modest flat’ in Olympia.[8]

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Interesting backgrounder, Izzy, thanks.
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Whatever happened to the Maxwells?

After their father’s death, the children of the disgraced publisher closed ranks.

Peter Stanford asks if that same solidarity will save Ghislaine from the taint of scandal.

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Family affair: Robert Maxwell, (back row centre) with wife Betty (centre). They are pictured with their children, back row, left to right: Ian, Isabel, Kevin, Christine. Front row left to right: Philip, Ghislaine and Anne Photo: DAILY MAIL / REX FEATURES

By Peter Stanford

6:21PM GMT 11 Mar 2011

' It was the widow and seven children of Robert Maxwell who were left to face the music following the media mogul’s mysterious death on his luxury yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, off the Canaries in 1991. “The fat fraudster”, as his daughter-in-law Pandora still refers to him, left the family’s reputation in tatters and its coffers empty. There was a £460 million “black hole” in the pension fund of Maxwell’s Mirror Group Newspapers, and two of his sons most closely involved in the family firm, Kevin and Ian, stood trial for their part in the fraud.

They were acquitted – though a subsequent Whitehall report concluded Kevin bore a “heavy responsibility” for what had happened – but, 20 years on, the Maxwell name remains mud, with the power to damn by association, even where there are no similarities. When the Serious Fraud Office this week arrested the property tycoons Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz, it was widely noted that they shared a Park Lane office with Kevin Maxwell, now working in the same industry.

But the most spectacular demonstration of the curse of the Maxwell legacy has come in the controversy surrounding the Duke of York’s friendship with the American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 for soliciting an under-age girl for prostitution. Epstein’s close friend – and according to some accounts former partner – is 49-year-old Ghislaine Maxwell, the publisher’s youngest child. Debate about her role in the whole imbroglio has caused her to issue a lawyer’s letter this week, threatening legal action if unspecified allegations are repeated.

The seven surviving Maxwell siblings (a brother, Michael, died in 1969, at 23, eight years after being seriously injured in a car crash; and a sister, Karine, fell victim to leukaemia at three years old in 1957) are reported to be very close. Shared tragedy sometimes has a way of doing that. “They pull together. They really are this extraordinary family,” says Pandora Maxwell, Kevin’s wife for 23 years.

But if there was ever a competition to determine who had suffered most at the hands of their overbearing father, several would have a strong claim. The eldest daughter, Anne, now 62, for instance, was apparently told by him when she embarked on a (failed) career on the stage: “What have you and Pope John Paul II got in common? You’re both ugly and you’re both failed actors.” She is now said to be a hypnotherapist in Surrey, practising under another name.

Then there is Philip, 61, who fled to Argentina to escape his father’s bullying, and was last heard of living in a small flat in London trying to be a writer. And Ian, 54, is reported by those present at the time to have been mercilessly taunted by his father when he joined the family business and was regularly subjected to unflattering comparisons with his younger brother Kevin.

But Ghislaine was widely acknowledged as Maxwell’s favourite – he named his £15 million yacht after her – and his death hit her hard. As well as the emotional pain, there was the loss of the money that had sustained the Maxwell children’s paths through top-notch private schools, into Oxford, and, in the case of Ghislaine, into London’s fast, rich crowd. “She was very beautiful, very confident, very clever,” remembers one friend from those days, “but she could also be quite a piece of work. You didn’t want to cross her.”

To escape the emerging scandal of her father’s crimes, she went to New York – she was pictured boarding Concorde, which outraged those Mirror pensioners who were facing an impoverished retirement – and started all over again on the Manhattan social scene. But that requires money and, according to her mother, Betty Maxwell, it had all gone, leaving the publisher’s widow, by her account, dependent on the charity of friends.

Soon after her arrival in New York, Ghislaine Maxwell – who has never married – started to appear on the arm of the immensely wealthy Epstein. Their friendship has proved enduring. She was alongside him on his private jet when he flew in to RAF Markham in 2000 to visit Prince Andrew at Sandringham, and she is there, too, hovering, slightly uneasily, in the background of a by-now familiar photograph of the Queen’s second son with his arm around the waist of a 17-year-old, allegedly hired as a masseuse for Epstein.

Is history about to repeat itself? Will Ghislaine again face another ruin because of the frailty of the rich man in her life? In the face of this threat, the fabled family solidarity appears to be kicking in. Her siblings, well-accustomed after 20 years to keeping stum, have closed ranks.

Isabel Maxwell is one of the few who even responds when contacted, though as she runs Maxwell Communications (a name that is one step from her father’s prime vehicle, the Maxwell Communications Corporation), her politeness should come as no surprise. “I make it a rule,” she replies, en route to a meeting of the Israel Venture Network, an association for “hands-on venture philanthropists” in the US and Israel, “not to participate in this type of general Maxwell family catch up.”

Even the usually garrulous Pandora Maxwell – who famously appeared at a window of her Chelsea home in 1992 to shout “p––– off or I’ll call the police”, only to discover that her unwelcome early-morning callers were members of the constabulary, come to arrest her husband Kevin – is unwilling to talk about Ghislaine’s current crisis. “I always put my foot in it,” she demurs, after consulting her former husband, “and I have to think about the effect on my [seven] children.”

Robert Maxwell was famously good at covering his tracks – and not just when he was stealing from the company pension fund. He told a different story about his own emergence from the ruins of post-war central Europe every time a reporter asked him. So it is hardly surprising his family has grown so skilled over the past two decades at simply disappearing. Indeed, they are a perpetual reproach to anyone who claims that it is impossible to erase all trace of yourself in the technological age.

Christine Maxwell, for example, is thought to be based in either the United States or France and works as an internet entrepreneur. In a rare 1998 interview about her then-role on the Internet Society Board of Trustees, she recalled her years working in her father’s publishing business. “Both of my parents,” she said, “had a strong work ethic, which they instilled in me and my brothers and sisters when we were very young. They also communicated a very clear understanding that advantages always come with responsibilities – that there was no such thing as a free ride.” Except, presumably, on the backs of Mirror Group pensioners.

And it is that lack of remorse that partly fuels the on-going fascination with the Maxwells, rather as it does with bankers. Only Kevin, once Britain’s biggest ever bankrupt, has made reference to the “moral burden…I will bear for the rest of my life” as a result of his father’s crimes.

His mother and siblings would probably object that they were not as close to Robert Maxwell’s financial dodgy dealings, but they undeniably enjoyed the money and the opportunities it gave them to the full when it was there.

Ultimately, though, guilt-by-association is an unjust burden. It is as absurd as blaming every German alive today for the Second World War. Other celebrated families who have had the same fate – for example, the Astors in the wake of the Profumo Scandal – have successfully managed to cast off the shadow. "


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The Maxwells are interesting... Robert Maxwell went missing at sea from the Ghislaine on his so called Day of Reckoning when he was meant to be at the bank... lots of conspiracies surround that...

then you have the sons tried... and a 10 year investigation into what happened and who was mostly to blame.. some seriously big names where drawn out of that one.

The sons took over Trinity Mirror after their fathers death but got pulled into being tried and then acquitted but resigned as executives of the company.. not sure what holdings they retained or have, but the media group has a larger reach than Murdock, the BBC, Facebook, or Google in the UK.

Kinda ironic from late last year...

Ian and Kevin Maxwell: Robert Maxwell was a crook, but to us he was Dad... and our rock
Having lain low for 30 years, Ian and Kevin Maxwell are ready for the world again
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I have this feeling that this isn't the end of the story and may be just the start.

"Jeffrey Epstein kept ‘meticulously detailed’ diaries which could come back to haunt his powerful pals including Prince Andrew"

Sources revealed Epstein kept a diary detailing his friendships with powerful associates – including Andrew and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell – as an “insurance policy”.

Epstein’s diary will be a source of great anxiety to her and the other senior royals.

Its existence emerged as lawyers for the victims look to obtain a statement from the Prince as part of ongoing investigations by various US law enforcement authorities.

Despite Epstein’s death, government prosecutors have vowed to continue their enquiries, indicating they will pursue all those involved in the billionaire’s offending.

US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said: “To those brave young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so, let me reiterate that we remain committed to standing for you.”

And yesterday, lawyer Jack Scarola, who represents scores of victims, told the Mirror his clients “will not rest” in their fight for justice.
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