Member of the Corps des Mines, he graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Mines ParisTech. He was an economic and scientific advisor to French Prime ministers Georges Pompidou and Maurice Couve de Murville, then to President Pompidou. He became director of Credit Lyonnais (1974-1977), then chairman and CEO of Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild, the French part of the Rothschild Group, for seventeen years.
He has been Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Bolloré Group, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lagardère, Chairman of Ecole Polytechnique, Institut Pasteur and Centre français du commerce extérieur (CFCE), also being a director on the Board of Saint-Gobain, Total, Pierre Fabre.
He was for nine years a member of the Commission des operations de bourse (COB) within the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). He is involved in several medical and charity societies (mostly in the neurological field). He has published Le Troisième Conflit mondial (Plon, 1977), La Guerre économique mondiale (Orban, 1991) and Pompidou, capitaine d’industries (Odile Jacob, 1994).
Brain malfunctions account for 35% of all diseases in Europe, with an annual cost of 400 billion Euros, well above the costs of cardiovascular disease and cancer. This is not surprising because a complex structure is subject to a huge number of dysfunctions.
Les dysfonctionnements du cerveau constituent 35% de toutes les maladies en Europe, pour un coût annuel de 400 milliards d'euros, largement plus que les coûts engendrés par les maladies cardiovasculaires et le cancer. Ce n'est pas étonnant. A structure complexe, dysfonctionnements nombreux.