Claude Bébéar (born 1935) is a French businessman. He is the founder and former CEO of AXA.
Claude Bébéar was born on July 29, 1935, in Issac, France. He graduated from the Lycée Saint-Louis and the École Polytechnique. He was trained at the Armoured Cavalry Branch Training School in Saumur and did his military service in Algeria. He then received a diploma from the Institute of Actuaries of France.
He started his career at Anciennes Mutuelles, up until he became CEO after André Sahut d'Izarn's death in 1975. In 1985, it became known as AXA.
He helped oust Jean-Marie Messier from Vivendi. He was involved in the ouster of the chairman of Rhodia.
He sits on the Board of Directors of Vivendi, BNP Paribas and Schneider Electric. He has been a member of Le Siècle. He is also Chairman of the Institut du mécénat de solidarité and the Institut Montaigne.
He is Roman Catholic, married with five children, two of whom were adopted from South Korea. In 2007, he was worth 106 million euros.
- Le courage de réformer (André Babeau, Odile Jacob, 2002)
- Ils vont tuer le capitalisme (May 2003)