Born in Grasse (France) in 1949, Jean Claude Gandur studied law and political science at the Université de Lausanne and history at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris. Art collector, entrepreneur and philanthropist, he co-founded in 1987 the Addax & Oryx Group, focused on the energy sector, and is its chairman today. He also chairs the Addax & Oryx Foundation, established in 1996, a non-profit organisation that funds projects aimed at eliminating the root causes of poverty in Africa and the Middle East. In 2010, he launched the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art to ensure the future and public accessibility of his internationally recognised collections.