Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell was born in 1961 in Maisons-Laffitte, France. She worked for her father, the publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, until his death in 1991. She founded the self-described ocean-advocacy group The TerraMar Project in 2012. In 2020, she was charged by the US federal government with the crimes of enticement of minors and sex trafficking of underage girls. She was a close associate of financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
About Ghislaine Maxwell in brief
Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell was born in 1961 in Maisons-Laffitte, France. She worked for her father, the publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, until his death in 1991. Maxwell was a prominent member of the London social scene in the 1980s. She founded the self-described ocean-advocacy group The TerraMar Project in 2012. In 2020, she was charged by the US federal government with the crimes of enticement of minors and sex trafficking of underage girls. The US Virgin Islands Department of Justice announced on 10 July 2020 that Maxwell was also under investigation in the Caribbean territory. Maxwell has since said she believes her father was murdered in 1997, commenting: ‘I think he did not commit suicide. I think he was fraudulently appropriated the assets of the Mirror Group’ Two of her brothers, Ian and Kevin, who were involved with their father in business dealings, were arrested on June 19, 1992, and charged with fraud related to themirror.com. There were reportedly over £440m in pension funds missing, which left the surviving Maxwell family in a bind to repay the 32,000 people affected by the fraud. In 1997, Ian Maxwell was found to have appropriated the pension assets of Mirror Group, a company that he ran and in which he held a large share of ownership, to support its share price. The Mirror Group was later taken over by the British government and sold to Associated Newspapers for £1.2bn. In 2000, the family was forced to pay back the money to the government.
The family was also forced to hand over the rest of their pension funds to the British Government, which they were forced to do so to pay off the interest on the interest owed on the shares they were owed. In 2012, Ghislaine Maxwell announced that she would not be taking part in any further dealings with her father’s company, Mirror Group. She said: ‘If I were to go back and do anything, I would do it for the sake of my family and friends, not for my own personal gain. I am not interested in making money for myself or anyone else.’ She has also said that she does not believe that her father would have wanted her to be involved in the Epstein sex scandal. She has said: ‘I don’t think he would have been able to get away with what he did. He would have had to go to jail for his crimes. I don’t believe that he would be able to do that to anyone else’ She was a close associate of financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. She moved to the U.S. in the late 1980s and became a close friend of Epstein. In 1991, she moved to New York City to act as his emissary. In May 1991, Maxwell and her father took Concorde on business to New. York, where he quickly departed for Moscow and left her to represent his interests at an event honouring Simon Wiesenthal. She also worked at The European, a publication Robert Maxwell had started.