Donald A. Nixon
|Donald A. Nixon|
|Relatives||Tricia Nixon Cox (cousin)
Julie Nixon Eisenhower (cousin)
Edward F. Cox (cousin-in-law)
David Eisenhower (cousin-in-law)
Richard Nixon (uncle)
Edward Nixon (uncle)
Arthur Nixon (uncle)
Harold Nixon (uncle)
Sarah Ann Wadsworth Nixon (great-grandmother)
Samuel Brady Nixon (great-grandfather)
Al Mira Burdg Park Milhous (great-grandmother)
Franklin Milhous (great-grandfather)
Jennie Eisenhower (first cousin, once removed)
Christopher Nixon Cox (first cousin, once removed)
Alexander Richard Eisenhower (first cousin, once removed)
Melanie Catherine Eisenhower (first cousin, once removed)
In the early 1970s, Nixon was encouraged by his Family to undertake a position in finance with financier Robert Vesco in Europe. While he lived in Geneva, he proved himself and over time, he and Vesco, the chairman of a substantial organization owning banks, mutual funds, real estate and various global entities, developed a relationship and Nixon became Vesco's live-in assistant; later conducting business globally with businesses and governments. In 1973, Nixon was the subject of a Jack Anderson column that reported he was unhappy with his relationship with Vesco, and blamed his situation on his uncle, the President.
In the mid 1990s, Nixon once again encountered Vesco who was living in Cuba with ties to the government. Cuba helped Nixon to create manufacturing facilities and clinical trials for an allegedly immunity-boosting drug derived from the citronella-based herbal remedy Viroxan. The Cuban authorities initially accused Nixon of being involved in the "international drug trade" with Vesco, which led to Nixon and Vesco’s detention by government authorities in May 1995. Nixon was allowed to leave Cuba in July. Vesco was later convicted of "economic crimes against the state" and sentenced to thirteen years in jail.
- Jack Anderson, "Donald Nixon–Vesco tie blamed on President", Toledo Blade, October 29, 1973.
- Sarah Klein, "Cuba Detains Nixon's Nephew Over Vesco Ties : Interview: Donald Nixon of Tustin says officials have accused him of being involved in the drug trade with the fugitive financier." Los Angeles Times, June 26, 1995.
- Sarah Klein, "Nixon's Nephew Explains Visit to Vesco in Cuba : Venture: Donald Nixon Jr. says that before his house arrest he was working through the fugitive financier on a 'miracle drug' to treat AIDS." Los Angeles Times, July 6, 1995.