Robert Maxwell - Twentieth anniversary of his death

Today, November 5, 1991, is the twentieth anniversary of the death of British media tycoon Robert Maxwell.

Born in Czechoslovakia he later became a captain in the British army, adopting the name Ian Robert Maxwell. His later nickname "Captain Bob" derives from that.

Post Second World War saw him building up a business empire mainly based in the printing and publishing area.

By the time of his death he owned a wealth of media interests and was an arch business rival to Rupert Murdoch. Here in Britain he was best known as owner of Mirror Group Newspapers, publishers of National newspaper the Daily Mirror.

I only met him once, a few months before his death, at a photo call in London. He was found floating in the Atlantic off the Canary Islands after supposedly falling overboard from his yacht. However, in the weeks to come it emerged that Maxwell had taken millions from the pension fund of Mirror Group employees in an attempt to prop up the debt laden business.

The past twenty years have thrown up a whole host of conspiracy theories about his death -leading to numerous books, a BBC television drama and even a stage play.

Whatever his wrongs, he was certainly a fascinating and powerful figure in the British media and I am glad that I got the opportunity to photograph him. Regards, David.

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July 05, 2012

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Only just noticed the typo in my opening sentence. Obviously, the anniversary was in November 2011. Regards, David.

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Photo credits: David Fowler.