Maxwell Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook

Maxwell Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook

Maxwell William Humphrey Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook, (born 29 December 1951) is a British peer, baronet and politician.

Aitken is the grandson of the 1st Baron Beaverbrook and the only son of Sir Max Aitken, by his third marriage to Violet de Trafford. He was educated at Charterhouse and Pembroke College, Cambridge.

  • He married Susan Angela O'Ferrall (19 July 1977). They have four children:
    • 1) The Honourable Maxwell Francis Aitken (born 1977), who is the heir apparent. He married Inés Nieto Gómez-Valencia, daughter of Don José Ventura Nieto Valencia, on 9 November 2007 in Spain.
    • 2) The Honourable Alexander Rory Aitken (born 1978), married Alexandra Meredyth Anne Proby (b.1980, eldest daughter of Sir William Henry Proby, 3rd Bt., and of his wife, née Meredyth Anne Brentnall) on 10 February 2007.
    • 3) The Honourable Charlotte Susanna Aitken (born 1982), married the Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Roxburghe on 22 June 2011.[1]
    • 4) The Honourable Sophia Violet Angela Aitken (born 1983)

Lord Beaverbrook was a Lord in Waiting (1986–1988) and the Treasurer of the Conservative Party and the European Democrat Union (1990–1992). He was Chairman of Ventech Healthcare Corporation (1986) and (1988–1992). In 2004 Lord Beaverbrook was appointed Honorary Air Commodore of 4624 Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. In 2009 he was promoted to be Honorary Inspector General, RAuxAF, in the rank of Air Vice Marshal.

In 2003 Lord Beaverbrook claimed that 133 valuable paintings in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery given to the gallery by his grandfather were not donated, but were instead on long term loan from the Beaverbrook Foundation. The Family wishes the return of many of the paintings to be sold at auction to raise funds for the Beaverbrook UK charitable foundation. The paintings are estimated to be worth approximately $100 million Canadian. On March 26, 2007, the arbiter in the case, retired Supreme Court Justice Peter Cory, ruled that 85 paintings donated to the gallery before opening in the 1950s belong to the gallery, but that 48 paintings transferred after the opening belong the Lord Beaverbrook's charitable foundation. [2] In reaction, Lord Beaverbrook stated that he will appeal the arbitration ruling. Another case from a second descendant of Lord Beaverbrook who heads the Canadian branch of the Beaverbrook foundation is trying to win the paintings from court action [3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Brabazon of Tara
Succeeded by
The Lord Strathclyde
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Max Aitken
Baron Beaverbrook
Succeeded by
Current Incumbent

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