The two main loves – and diabolical influences – in Ghislaine Maxwell’s life are now so well documented in the gruesome tale of her fall from beloved society to the prisoner, that one would have to be an Inuit or a stranger not to know that ‘she fell from the arms of a monster, her domineering father Robert Maxwell, into the arms of another, the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
But who were Ghislaine Maxwell’s other loves and what do they tell us about the woman now sitting in a New York detention center awaiting conviction for sex trafficking? Before Robert Maxwell’s pension fund scandal in the late 1980s, when he siphoned £ 500million from his employees’ pensions to fund his unlimited lifestyle, and his mysterious death that followed when fell from the stern of her yacht, the Lady Ghislaine in the Canary Islands in 1991, Ghislaine’s love life spills directly onto the social pages.
At Oxford, she leads the dizzy life of a well-off golden 80s youth. A sleek-haired beauty, she was considered magnetic and bewitching. Her first serious boyfriend was David Faber, the chiseled cheekbone offspring of an aristocratic political family and the grandson of former prime minister Harold Macmillan. They met while they were both students at Balliol College and have been regularly photographed together on the London social scene at Annabel’s and the Chelsea Arts Club.
Dafydd Jones, a socialite photographer who chronicled the 80s, recalls that Ghislaine was David Faber’s girlfriend, but was also seen regularly with Robert Hanson, son of industrialist Lord Hanson, and James Sainsbury , heir to the supermarket fortune. “They were the crowd of people she rubbed shoulders with. All incredibly well connected, wealthy and the kind of men she rushed for, ”he said. “She just ignored the normal students because that’s just who she was.”
Given Robert Maxwell’s ambition to be accepted into the establishment, he was at the top of his list of hopes that Ghislaine would marry the aristocracy. With Maxwell’s money, she could have sealed the age-old social seal contract for money. Apparently, Maxwell dreamed that he could one day forge an alliance with the powerful American Kennedy clan by marrying Ghislaine to John F Kennedy Jr. But although Ghislaine and JFK Jr became close friends, they were never linked in any way. romantic.
It is therefore to the delight of his father that Ghislaine’s first great love, Count Gianfranco Cicogna Mozzini, did not need Maxwell’s millions, because the Italian Milanese nobleman was a member of the rich clan of Ciga hotels. . Millfield-trained Gianfranco Cicogna was working at Credit Suisse First Boston when he was dating Ghislaine. Like a European James Bond, Cicogna was dashing and suave. He went ski racing and flew helicopters. I spent a weekend – after Ghislaine – with him and his next girlfriend, TV presenter Tania Bryer, and I remember Cicogna as the perfect gentleman; charming, handsome, with impeccable manners. As it would have been inconceivable to consider thug Robert Maxwell as his stepfather, I imagine Gianfranco saw Ghislaine – also a multilingual and competent skier – as a lot of fun. But a girl having a good time for now, as opposed to a worthy bride for later.
Much to Ghislaine’s chagrin – she had apparently hoped to become the Countess of Gianfranco – he ended the relationship in 1991, after four years. She was nursing her broken heart when her father succumbed to his ignominious death.