According to court documents reviewed by I Ghislaine Maxwell and her tech CEO husband claim a net worth of $22 million, although it’s unclear where those funds came from.
On Wednesday, Maxwell, 60, was found guilty of trafficking teenage females for convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Prosecutors said Maxwell “was not a particularly affluent person when she met Epstein” during the trial, which ended with her being convicted guilty on five of the six trafficking counts, according to the BBC.
Maxwell received $30 million (£22 million) from Epstein between 1999 and 2007, according to bank records submitted in court. She also benefited from a New York City apartment she owned that was paid for by an Epstein-controlled corporation. It was sold for $15 million in 2016.
Her husband Scott Borgerson was not present at her sex trafficking trial, and their marriage is not officially documented, but it was brought up by prosecutors at a bail hearing. Mr. Borgerson offered to pay a $25 million bail bond for Maxwell, but the judge turned it down since she was judged a flight risk.
According to The Times, Maxwell used Mr Borgerson’s company to take out a £2 million mortgage on her London house after reaching a confidential settlement with Virginia Giuffre, who has accused Prince Andrew of abusing her. He refutes the charges. Maxwell sold her Belgravia home for £1.75 million in August to “pay legal fees,” according to Tatler.
She is believed to still own the New Hampshire home she bought $1 million for in cash and where she was arrested in 2020.
According to Fox Business, prosecutors claim that “her various accounts and significant money moves render her whole financial picture opaque and uncertain.”
Her late father, Robert Maxwell, who previously controlled the Daily Mirror, one of the UK’s most popular newspapers, ensured that she was born into money.
She was raised in Headington Hill Hall, an Italianate estate overlooking Oxford that would frequently host lavish parties attended by Britain’s political, celebrity, and media elite.
Before dating the Italian nobility Count Gianfranco Cicogna, she attended Marlborough College and then Oxford University.
“It was extremely evident to me even as an undergraduate that she was interested in power and money,” said writer Anna Pasternak, who frequented the same social circles as Maxwell during their time at Oxford.
“At gatherings, she was one of those people who would look over your shoulder to check if there was somebody more powerful or intriguing than you while air-kissing you.”
Maxwell was allegedly neglected as a youngster by her parents as a result of her 15-year-old brother Michael’s car accident, which put him in a coma for seven years until his death. She apparently became her father’s “favorite” as she grew older.
In 1991, tragedy struck when her father was discovered dead off the coast of the Canary Islands on his boat, Lady Ghislaine. According to Fox Business, he misused pension funds from his publishing enterprises, leading his net worth to plummet from $1.9 billion to -$1 billion.
According to Harry Mount, who was 33 and the Daily Telegraph’s New York correspondent when he first met the socialite – who held French, British, and American citizenship – at one of her parties in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Maxwell was left with only an £80,000-a-year salary from a trust fund.
“If I’d delved a bit deeper, I’d have realized there was something fishy going on,” Mount, now editor of the Oldie Magazine, wrote. Ghislaine Maxwell was given an £80,000 a year income from a trust fund when Robert Maxwell died, enormously in debt.
“A significant sum of money – far more than I made.” However, I lived in a modest Greenwich Village apartment. And she was staying in a mega-schloss with twelve rooms, eight fireplaces, and a lift. In 2016, it was sold for £12 million. Jeffrey Epstein bought the residence in 2000, according to reports.”