Maxwell Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook

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


Maxwell 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 and the Royal College of Defence Studies.[1]

He married Susan Angela More O'Ferrall, granddaughter of Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, 6th Bt. on 19 July 1974. They have four children:

  • Hon. Maxwell Francis Aitken (17 March 1977) he married Inés Nieto Gómez-Valencia on 9 November 2007. They have two children.
    • Giuletta Ines Susanna Aitken (1 December 2011)
    • Maxwell Alfonso Aitken (16 December 2014)
  • Hon. Alexander Rory Aitken (1978) he married Alexandra Meredyth Anne Proby on 10 February 2007. They have two daughters
  • Hon. Charlotte Susanna Aitken (1982) married Charles Innes-Ker, Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford on 22 July 2011 and were divorced on 24 May 2012
  • Hon. Sophia Violet Angela Aitken (1985) married Marchese Ugolino Bourbon di Petrella on 23 April 2016.

Political career[edit]

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). From 2000 to 2007 he was Chairman of Net Integration Technologies Inc of Toronto, now part of IBM. He is Chairman of Cherif Investment Properties Limited and a Director of Cherif Barnes Development Limited, a property development company. He is a director of Thorn Medical PLC.

Military career[edit]

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.[2] In May 2016 he was appointed to the new post of Commandant General RAuxAF, with attendance at the Air Force Board.

Beaverbrook Foundation[edit]

He is Chairman of the Beaverbrook Foundation and has been a trustee since 1974.[citation needed] In 2003 The Beaverbrook Foundation claimed that 133 valuable paintings in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery given to the gallery by the first Lord Beaverbrook were not donated, but were instead on long term loan from the Beaverbrook Foundation. The paintings were estimated to be worth approximately C$100 million. On 26 March 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 to the Beaverbrook Foundation.[3] The arbitration ruling was appealed and a settlement was reached in 2010. Another case between the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation, chaired by Lord Beaverbrook's son, Max, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has also been settled.[citation needed]

Other activity[edit]

He was a director of the British Racing Drivers Club from 2006 to 2008, and elected again from September 2015. He is currently a Vice President of the British Powerboat Racing Club.[4] He won the European GT Championship in 1998 with Porsche, and competed in the FIA World GT Championship in 1999, and in the American Le Mans series in 2000. He won the Harmsworth Trophy (offshore powerboating) in 2004.

He was a member of the Council of the Homeopathic Trust 1987-1992; and remains a Vice President of Ambition UK.


  1. ^ "RAF - Commandant General Royal Auxiliary Air Force". Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Air Force Leadership: Whole Force Reality. RAF Leadership Centre. 2015. ISBN 978-0-9928097-2-0. 
  3. ^ Rejected Beaverbrook art deal split 78 paintings, CBC News; accessed 14 May 2013
  4. ^ Alleyne, Richard (12 January 2013). "Cowes to Monte Carlo powerboat race comeback sunk by lack of entries". Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Brabazon of Tara
Succeeded by
The Lord Strathclyde
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Title last held by
Max Aitken
Baron Beaverbrook
Heir apparent:
Hon. Maxwell Aitken