Christophe de Margerie

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Person.png Christophe de Margerie  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais, France
Died20 October 2014 (Age 63)
Moscow, Russia
Alma materESCP Europe
Victim ofpremature death
A Total CEO who died in a plane crash in Moscow in 2014.

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In office
2007 - 20 October 2014
Succeeded byPatrick Pouyanné
Killed in a plane crash.

Christophe de Margerie was a French businessman who died in an air crash in Moscow.


Christophe de Margerie joined the Total Group after graduating from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Paris in 1974. In 2007 he was made chief executive of the company.


Christophe de Margerie was in a corporate jet which collided with a snow plough and burst into flames. All four people on board were killed. Svetlana Krivsun, 23, charged with causing death of Christophe de Margerie. She is suspected of having given the order for the private jet to take off. It crashed after its front wheel clipped a snowplough on the runway. Russian investigators claimed that the driver of the snow plough, Vladimir Martynenko was drunk, but he denied this.[1][2] Interfax reported on January 14, 2016 that the charges against Svetlana Krivsun were dropped [3] 'due to the absence of incriminating evidence' according to her lawyer.

The incident happen in the same year when the US government put intense pressure on European companies and governments to cancel business with Russia, including record 'fines' to the French bank BNP Paribas.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/20085 June 20088 June 2008US
The 56th Bilderberg, Chantilly, Virginia, 139 guests
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