Christophe de Margerie was born in Mareuil-sur-Lay (France) on 6 August 1951. His parents were Pierre-Alain Rodocanachi and Colette Taittinger. His mother got married again with Pierre-Alain Jacquin de Margerie, who adopted him.
De Margerie is the grandson of Pierre Taittinger and the half-brother of Victoire de Margerie, current CEO of Rondol.
De Margerie joined the Total Group after graduating from the ESCP Europe in Paris in 1974. He started working for Total in the Finance Department and Exploration & Production division.
He became President of Total Middle East in 1995 before joining the group’s Executive Committee as President of the Exploration & Production division in May 1999. In January 2002 he became President of the Exploration & Production division of Total.
He was appointed a member of the Board of Directors on 12 May 2006 and became CEO of on 14 February 2007. From 21 May 2010, he served as Chairman of the company.
De Margerie died in an air crash in Moscow in October 2014. The aircraft hit a snowplow on take-off.
De Margerie was returning to Paris after a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at his Dacha near Moscow following a business leaders’ meeting in Gorki. The two men had been discussing investments in Russia amid the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine and resultant western sanctions on the country related to the stand-off in Ukraine.