Claude Bébéar

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Claude Bébéar
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Born (1935-07-29) 29 July 1935 (age 81)
Issac, France
Alma mater École Polytechnique
Occupation Businessman

Claude Bébéar (born 1935) is a French businessman.[1][2][3] He is the founder and former CEO of AXA.[1][2][3]


Early life[edit]

Claude Bébéar was born on 29 July 1935 in Issac, France.[1][3] He graduated from the Lycée Saint-Louis and the École Polytechnique.[1][3] He was trained at the Armoured Cavalry Branch Training School in Saumur and did his military service in Algeria.[1] He then received a diploma from the Institute of Actuaries of France.[1]


He started his career at Anciennes Mutuelles, up until he became CEO after André Sahut d'Izarn's death in 1975.[1] In 1985, it became known as AXA.[1]

He helped out Jean-Marie Messier from Vivendi. He was involved in the outer of the chairmen of Rhodia.[4]

He sits on the Board of Directors of Vivendi, BNP Paribas and Schneider Electric.[3] He has been a member of Le Siècle.[5] He is also Chairman of the Institut du mécénat de solidarité and the Institut Montaigne.[3]

Private life[edit]

He is Roman Catholic, widowed with three children, two of whom were adopted from South Korea. In 2007, he was worth 106 million euros.[6]


  • Le courage de réformer (André Babeau, Odile Jacob, 2002)
  • Ils vont tuer le capitalisme (May 2003)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h AXA Profile
  2. ^ a b BusinessWeek
  3. ^ a b c d e f Vivendi biography
  4. ^ JOHN TAGLIABUE (November 18, 2003). "If Claude Bébéar Speaks, French Companies Listen". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Frédéric Saliba, 'Le pouvoir à la table du Siècle', in Stratégies, issue 1365, April 14, 2005, p. 49 [1]
  6. ^ "Claude Bébéar dévoile sa fortune". Le Figaro. 06/05/2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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