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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 lifeEdit

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]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Witchel, Alex (15 February 1995). "At Lunch With: Elisabeth Maxwell; Questions Without Answers". New York Times. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Kevin and Ian Maxwell". BBC News Online. BBC. 29 March 2001.
  3. ^ "My own goal: Mark Lawrenson". Independent. 15 January 1995. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  4. ^ 'Slicker' (21 August 2009). "In the City". Private Eye. Pressdram Ltd. p. 31.
  5. ^ "Q&A: What does the Maxwell report mean?". BBC News Online. BBC. 30 March 2001.
  6. ^ Woolcock, Nicola (25 June 2001). "The family's changing fortunes". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  7. ^ Chesters, Laura (29 August 2008). "The Fixer". Property Week. pp. 22–24.
  8. ^ Spence, Alex (9 July 2011). "Kevin Maxwell disqualified as a director for eight years". The Times. p. 49.
  9. ^ "Syncro Limited: three directors disqualified for total of 20 years". Insolvency Service. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  10. ^ Davies, Caroline (9 September 2018). "Robert Maxwell was to meet Bank official the day he died, say sons". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  11. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (22 June 2005). "'I am not a Maxwell'". Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  12. ^ Johnston, Jenny (12 March 2007). "My misery as a Maxwell". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  13. ^ Dutta, Kunal (6 November 2011). "Robert Maxwell, 20 years on: Where are they now?". Independent. Retrieved 12 September 2013.

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