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. 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. 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, Kevin Maxwell spent most of his working life before 1991 employed by his father, including a spell as chairman of Oxford United F.C.. 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. He was later tried and acquitted of fraud arising from his role in his father's companies.
The bankruptcy was lifted three years later, and he co-founded media company Telemonde, 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.
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.
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.
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