Ghislaine Maxwell Biography. Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell was born on December 25, 1961 (/ilen, -ln/ ghee-LAYN, -LEN). is a former socialite and convicted sex offender from Britain. In connection with the financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, she was found guilty of child sex trafficking as well as other offenses in 2021. She received a 20-year prison term on June 28, 2022, in a New York court.
Maxwell, who was French-born, was brought up in Oxford. She studied at Oxford’s Balliol College in the 1980s, after which she rose to prominence in London’s social scene. After her father, Robert Maxwell, passed away in 1991, Maxwell continued to work for her father until relocating to New York City, where she continued to live as a socialite and started dating Epstein. Maxwell established a non-profit organization to safeguard the oceans in 2012. Prosecutors accused Epstein of engaging in sex trafficking in July 2019, and the organization announced its closure that same month. Maxwell acquired US citizenship through naturalization, although he also has French and British citizenship.
Due to her connections to Epstein, Maxwell was detained on July 2, 2020, and the federal authorities of the United States accused her with enticing children and trafficking in underage females for sex. She was refused bail because she posed a flight risk, and the judge was concerned about her “totally opaque” financial situation, her prowess at evading capture, and the fact that France does not extradite its residents. On December 29, 2021, she was found guilty on five of the six charges against her, including one for trafficking a minor’s sex. She will go on trial again for two counts of perjury related to Epstein’s abuse of young girls.
The ninth and youngest child of French-born academic Elisabeth (née Meynard) and British media mogul Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell was born in 1961 in Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines, France. Her mother was of Huguenot (French Protestant) ancestry, but her father was from a Jewish household. Her fifteen-year-old brother Michael was involved in an automobile accident that left him in a persistent coma till his death in 1967, and Maxwell was born two days before that. Ghislaine’s mother later reflected that the accident had an impact on the entire family and suspected that she had displayed anorexia symptoms as a young child. Ghislaine resided with her family at Headington Hill Hall, a 53-room mansion in Oxford where Robert Pergamon’s publishing company, Pergamon Press, had its offices throughout Ghislaine’s childhood.
All of her children, according to her mother, were raised as Anglicans. After completing her education at Oxford High School for Girls in North Oxford, she began attending Edgarley Hall Boarding Preparatory School in Somerset when she was nine years old. At the age of thirteen, she transferred to Headington School.  Maxwell studied for his A-Levels at Marlborough College before graduating in 1985 with a degree in Modern History with Languages from Balliol College in Oxford.
Maxwell was supposedly her father’s favorite and had a good relationship with him.] Maxwell reportedly said that her father installed computers at Headington in 1973, and that her first job was learning how to use a Wang 2200 before going on to program. The Times claimed that after Ghislaine started attending Oxford University, he forbade her from bringing her boyfriends home or from being publicly photographed with them.
In the 1980s, Ghislaine Maxwell was a well-known figure in London’s social scene. She established a female organization that bears the original Kit-Cat Club’s name. and served as a director of Oxford United Football Club while it was owned by her father. She also worked for Robert Maxwell’s journal The European. Tom Bower of The Sunday Times reports that Robert Maxwell invited her attend the naming of his new yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, in her honor in 1986 at a shipyard in the Netherlands.  Maxwell spent a lot of time on the yacht, which had a Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, and disco, in the late 1980s. According to the Scotsman, Robert Maxwell “tailored-made a New York firm for her.”
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