- Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who has been accused of serving as Jeffrey Epstein‘s madam, is the daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell.
- In 1991, Robert Maxwell was found dead in the Atlantic Ocean after falling off the luxury yacht he named after his daughter, INSIDER previously reported.
- Ghislaine’s brothers, Ian and Kevin Maxwell, were tried with and ultimately acquitted of financial crimes related to their father’s businesses in 1996, according to the New York Times.
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Ghislaine Maxwell has become a topic of public scrutiny for her relationship with former financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested on charges of sex trafficking in July. Epstein was found dead after an apparent suicide on August 10. At the time of his death, Epstein had been while awaiting trial in a New York jail.
But Maxwell’s family has plenty of scandals of its own, dating back to the 1990s. Keep reading to learn more about the Maxwell family.
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Robert Maxwell was the first mysterious businessman in Ghislaine Maxwell’s life.
Ghislaine Maxwell, 57, is the youngest child of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell’s nine children; according to a 2011 report from The Telegraph, she was his favorite. All of Maxwell’s children were born in France, according to the Daily Beast.
Robert Maxwell was born as Jan Ludvik Hoch in 1923 in Czechoslovakia, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Despite losing most of his family in the Holocaust, Maxwell escaped to the United Kingdom during World War II, changed his name to Ian Robert Maxwell, and became an officer in the British Army.
After the war, Maxwell entered the publishing business by selling academic papers, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.
"Ghislaine’s father Robert Maxwell was one of the darkest and most mysterious men to appear in British public life," the Daily Beast wrote.
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In a July 2019 article, the Daily Beast described Maxwell as a "charismatic businessman" who was surrounded by an air of mystery.
In 1984, Robert Maxwell purchased Mirror Group Newspapers, the publisher of six British newspapers — including the Daily Mirror.
According to the LA Times, Maxwell went on to expand his empire to include the New York Daily News, publishing house Macmillan Inc., and now-defunct newspaper The European. However, the expansions caused financial troubles for the company. It was later discovered that Robert Maxwell stole money from his other companies and employee pension funds to cover the newspapers’ debts, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.
Robert Maxwell considered Rupert Murdoch his rival, according to the Daily Beast.
Maxwell attempted to create a media empire that would rival Rupert Murdoch’s, the Daily Beast reported.
The two newspaper publishers posted opposing bids for British tabloid The News of the World in 1969, according to the Daily Beast. Murdoch’s bid was selected. Maxwell also lost a bidding war for The Sun to Murdoch in 1969.
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