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).