Rupert Murdoch is one of those newspaper proprietors who loves "collecting" high-profile ex-editors (the old Fleet Street press barons, such as Beaverbrook, did the same).
He was granted a peerage in 1917 as the 1st Baron Beaverbrook, the name "Beaverbrook" being adopted from a small community near his boyhood home.
The name "Beaverbrook" had the advantage of conveying a distinctive Canadian ring to the title.
All have, incidentally, led sheltered lives in Whitehall free from disturbing influences such as Beaverbrook, though not necessarily from Monte Carlo.
The criticism did not induce Beaverbrook and Rothermere to temper their ways, though the latter later bet on the wrong horse with his enthusiastic support for Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists.
“He Stephenson was a close friend, a really genuinely close friend of Beaverbrook,” Dahl told Bill Macdonald.
In July, Dahl returned to America, where he was free at last from the petty constraints of the embassy and of RAF officialdom, and he revelled in the company of his buccaneering new colleagues, particularly Max Beaverbrook, whom he would later describe as “the most dynamic man in the world,” with “superhuman” intellectual powers.89
His posthumously published memoir included accounts of homosexual adventure during his younger days that sometimes involved the police -- and Beaverbrook as his rescuer.
Max Beaverbrook: “London Expects More from Talks,” NYT, August 15, 1941.