And Ian, 54, is reported by those present at the time to have been mercilessly taunted by his father when he joined the family business and was regularly subjected to unflattering comparisons with his younger brother Kevin.
But Ghislaine was widely acknowledged as Maxwell’s favourite – he named his £15 million yacht after her – and his death hit her hard.
When the Serious Fraud Office this week arrested the property tycoons Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz, it was widely noted that they shared a Park Lane office with Kevin Maxwell, now working in the same industry.
But the most spectacular demonstration of the curse of the Maxwell legacy has come in the controversy surrounding the Duke of York’s friendship with the American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 for soliciting an under-age girl for prostitution.
Other celebrated families who have had the same fate – for example, the Astors in the wake of the Profumo Scandal – have successfully managed to cast off the shadow.
Perhaps it is simply too soon for the Maxwells, even now.
Ultimately, though, guilt-by-association is an unjust burden.