30 Facts About Robert Maxwell

1. Robert Maxwell was impossible to work for, a mercurial man with a monstrous ego.

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2. Robert Maxwell had haunted me for the previous 23 months and I couldn't believe he had vanished in an instant.

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3. Robert Maxwell was missing from his yacht, which had not gone down.

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4. Robert Maxwell now lives in Bend, Oregon, and is the only living Medal of Honor recipient in that state.

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5. Robert Maxwell was born on October 26, 1920 in Boise, Idaho.

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6. Robert Maxwell dabbled in politics, becoming a Labourite member of Parliament.

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7. In 1991, facing financial difficulties, Robert Maxwell drowned while yachting off the Canary Islands.

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8. Robert Maxwell fought in World War II in the British army, then began a career in publishing.

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9. On November 11, 1991, Robert Maxwell died at sea off the Canary Islands, falling overboard from his yacht, Lady Ghislaine.

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10. In 1990 Robert Maxwell added three US tabloids to his holdings—the Globe, Sun, and National Enquirer, copies of all three sold exclusively in supermarkets.

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11. In 1984 Robert Maxwell purchased his first newspapers, the Mirror Group, including the Daily Mirror.

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12. Robert Maxwell presented an anomaly as a parliamentary member of the Labour Party.

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13. Robert Maxwell purchased Simpkin Marshall, an almost defunct wholesale book selling company.

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14. Robert Maxwell was born on June 10, 1923, in the small village of Solotvino in the Carpathian mountains of what was then eastern Czechoslovakia.

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15. Prime Minister John Major said Robert Maxwell had given him "valuable insights" into the situation in the Soviet Union during the attempted coup of 1991.

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16. Robert Maxwell was buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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17. Robert Maxwell took out several libel actions against Private Eye, one resulting in the magazine losing an estimated £225,000 and Maxwell using his commercial power to hit back with a one-off spoof magazine Not Private Eye.

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18. Robert Maxwell attempted to buy Manchester United in 1984, but refused owner Martin Edwards's asking price.

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19. Robert Maxwell was the chairman of Oxford United, saving them from bankruptcy and attempting to merge them with Reading in 1983 to form a club he wished to call "Thames Valley Royals".

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20. Robert Maxwell purchased Macmillan, the American publishing firm, during 1988 for $2.6 billion.

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21. In June 1985, Robert Maxwell announced a takeover of Sir Clive Sinclair's ailing home computer company, Sinclair Research, through Hollis Brothers, a Pergamon Press subsidiary.

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22. Robert Maxwell wrote, "This is a British paper, run by British people.

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23. Robert Maxwell contested Buckingham again in both 1974 general elections, but without success.

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24. Robert Maxwell gave an interview to The Times in 1968, in which he said the House of Commons provided him with a problem.

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25. In 1964, representing the Labour Party, Robert Maxwell was elected as Member of Parliament for Buckingham and re-elected in 1966.

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26. Robert Maxwell gained a commission in 1945 and was promoted to the rank of captain.

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27. Robert Maxwell was then involved in action across Europe, from the Normandy beaches to Berlin, and achieved the rank of sergeant.

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28. Robert Maxwell was born into a poor Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish family in the small town of Slatinske Doly in the easternmost province of pre-World War II Czechoslovakia.

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29. Robert Maxwell was notably litigious and often embroiled in controversy, including about his support for Israel at the time of the 1948 Palestine war.

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30. Robert Maxwell had a flamboyant lifestyle, living in Headington Hill Hall in Oxford, from which he often flew in his helicopter, and sailing in his luxury yacht, the Lady Ghislaine.

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