|Born||15 September 1937
|Died||27 May 2016 (aged 78)|
|Occupation||Founder and CEO, JCDecaux|
|Net worth||$6.2 billion|
Jean-Claude Decaux (15 September 1937 – 27 May 2016) was a French entrepreneur who earned his fortune in advertising. He was the founder and honorary chair of the advertising firm JCDecaux, which is now run by his sons, Jean-François Decaux and Jean-Charles Decaux.
Jean-Claude Decaux was the son of a shoe salesman in Beauvais, France.
He was married with three children and lived in Paris.
At the age of 18, inspired by an argument with his father over the family shoe store's window display, Jean-Claude started a business creating billboards along French roadways. In 1963, legislation in France placed restrictions on billboard use which forced Decaux out of business. He founded JCDecaux in 1964. He made a deal with the city of Lyons, proposing that he would build bus shelters and keep them clean in exchange for advertising space there. The company quickly expanded to other cities.
- Jean-Claude Decaux, père de l'Abribus et roi de l'affichage publicitaire, est mort (French)
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