Robert Maxwell (back row, center) pictured with his wife Betty (sitting with youngest daughter Ghislaine on her knee) and seven of their eight children at home in Headington Hill Hall, Oxford. When this photo was taken, Ian (5) was 11 years old and in prep school, while Isabel, then 17 (4), was in grammar school with their sister Christine (3), and youngest son Kevin, 8 , (6) was in high school. pre-higher education school in America. The second eldest son Philip, (1), had started his second bachelor’s degree at Balliol College, Oxford, while Anne (2) was also studying at university but at St Hugh’s College.
1. Philip, 71, the brilliant scientist who fled to Argentina
“Poor Philip,” as his friends always knew him, was a brilliant scientist and mathematician who won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford at the age of 16.
But he was so disgusted with his domineering father that Philip fled to Argentina as soon as possible to “get so far away from [him] if possible’.
The couple fell out irretrievably when he married Nilda, an Argentinian, in 1977 against Robert’s wishes.
The marriage did not last long – Nilda moved and took their daughter Marcella and a second marriage also failed.
Philip was last heard living in a £ 65 a week flat in North London and was trying to become a writer. The subject? His bullying father.
2. Anne, 73, ex-actress who her father calls ‘ugly’
When her early acting career failed, her father responded, “What do you and Pope John Paul II have in common? You are both ugly and you are both failed actors. ‘
After studying Italian and French at Oxford, she trained as a Montessori teacher, married an osteopath, and is now believed to be a hypnotherapist in Surrey, who practices under a different name.
She has stayed out of the spotlight since her father’s death at the age of 68.
3. Christine, 70, one of the twins
Christine and her twin sister Isabel made The Sunday Times Rich List in 1999 after raising their £ 100 million in the dotcom boom.
She is the author of The Dictionary Of Perfect Spelling (a 20,000-word book aimed at high school students) and is married to Roger Malina, an astrophysicist at a French university.
They have two sons and a daughter and split their time between a Spanish-style mansion overlooking San Francisco and Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.
4. Isabel, 70, the second twin
Once described in The Jerusalem Post as ‘a fireball’ that is ‘always in your face’, Isabel has always been the Maxwell to watch.
She never wanted to join the family business, so after graduating from Oxford with a degree in modern languages, followed by a Masters from Edinburgh, she became a TV reporter.
In 1981 she moved to California to work for TV before making a film in 1968 starring rock singer Neil Young. “It wasn’t ET,” she said, “. More of a labor of love. ‘
But technology was her future. She and twins Christine co-founded one of the first Internet search engines, known as Magellan, in 1992.
5. Ian, 64, the fall guy brother
Mercilessly mocked at home – his father made fun of him in front of friends who were visiting. When he joined the family business, he was compared unfavorably to his younger brother, Kevin.
In the aftermath of their father’s death, Ian, then 35, and Kevin, 32, took control of the company and were on trial for their share of their father’s £ 460 million pension fraud.
They were acquitted, but the Maxwell name was muddy for years, and business opportunities were limited to foreign ventures. Ian’s first wife was an American former basketball star and college model named Laura Marie Plumb.
They met when she moved to London to help set up a television cable company. The couple married in 1991 – the year of Robert Maxwell’s death – and the ensuing media attention put a lot of pressure on Laura. The day Ian and Kevin were arrested, she was photographed sobbing. The couple divorced in 1996.
6. Kevin, 62, Britain’s greatest ever bankrupt
Kevin, the smartest son and driving force of the family, was overwhelmed by his father’s death, saying he “lacked his presence and ability to dominate.” He admitted to being in awe of him.
The only sibling of Maxwell to ever publicly regret the consequences of Robert Maxwell’s crimes referred to the “ moral burden I will bear for the rest of my life. ”
His first wife, Pandora Warnford-Davis, called her father-in-law Robert the “fat fraud.”
When Kevin was arrested and charged with fraud in June 1992 after hundreds of millions disappeared from the Maxwell empire’s pension funds, she appeared at the window of their house at dawn shouting, ‘P *** off, or I’ll call the police!’ only to realize that the early morning callers were the police.
In 2007 they divorced after 23 years and seven children together. Pandora was last heard of living in Oxford and renting out a room through Airbnb.
Shortly after his arrest, Kevin went into Britain’s biggest-ever bankruptcy when a £ 407 million bankruptcy was pronounced against him.
7. Ghislaine, 59, Jeffery
Known for her association with financier and convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein, Ghislaine previously worked for her father until his death in 1991.
When he died, she moved to the United States and became a close associate of Epstein, as well as founding a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the oceans – the Terra Marr Project.
However, it ceased operations on July 12, 2019, a week after the sex trafficking charges against Epstein – her former boyfriend – were filed by New York federal prosecutors and made public.
In 2020, Ghislaine herself was accused by the US government of seducing minors and sex trafficking underage girls, and she faced a number of allegations. She has denied them all.
Ghislaine was arrested by the FBI on July 2, 2020 in Bradford, New Hampshire, and has been in prison ever since.
Michael, Ghislaine’s oldest brother
Robert and Betty Maxwell’s firstborn fell into a coma at the age of 15 after a car accident in 1961 and died eight years later without regaining consciousness.
Karine, the middle sister
Died of leukemia in 1957, only three years old.