Maxwell Joseph

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Auction catalogue for the sale of Joseph's collection of Cape of Good Hope stamps, Sotheby's, 1982.

Sir Maxwell Joseph FRPSL (formerly Max Joseph) (31 May 1910, London - 22 September 1982, Kensington) was the founder of Grand Metropolitan plc, a large British hotel group.


Educated at Pitman's Business School,[1] Joseph left school in 1926 to work in an estate agent's office.[2] He lost his job and founded his own estate agent's business in 1930[3] before serving as a lance corporal in the Royal Engineers during World War II.[1]

He bought the Mandeville Hotel in London shortly after the War and, after buying up other hotels, built Grand Hotels (Mayfair) Ltd and then Grand Metropolitan plc into a large international conglomerate before being knighted in 1981 and retiring from the business in July 1982.[3]

He lived at Melksham Court in the Cotswolds.[4]


  1. ^ a b Joseph, Sir Maxwell Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  2. ^ Sir Maxwell Joseph Toledo Blade, 24 September 1982
  3. ^ a b Sir Maxwell Joseph Daytona Beach Morning Journal, 23 September 1982
  4. ^ Cotswold celebrities