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Jean Todt

FIA President (since 2009)

Jean Todt

Jean Todt was born on 25 February 1946 in Pierrefort, Cantal (France).

He has one son, Nicolas, aged 41, and shares his life with actress, film producer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh.

He is an alumnus of the Ecole des Cadres in Paris.


In 1966, he began his career and participated in the World Rally Championship until 1981. That same year, alongside Guy Fréquelin, he won the World Rally Championship for Manufacturers with a Talbot Lotus.

Between 1966 and 1981, Jean Todt co-drove alongside 18 of the most successful drivers of the period for 12 major manufacturers, winning many international rallies in the process.


He was then appointed Peugeot’s Director of Racing and founded Peugeot Talbot Sport (PTS), which claimed the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ FIA World Rally Championship titles in 1985 and 1986 before going on to take first place in the general classification in five editions of the Paris-Dakar Rally between 1987 and 1991.

In 1990, Jean Todt became Director of Sporting Activities of the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group, overseeing Peugeot’s participation in the World Sports Car Championship, which Peugeot won in 1992. It also took two consecutive victories at the 1992 and 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans.


On 1 July 1993, Jean Todt became Director of Ferrari’s Racing Division. Under his leadership, from 1993 to 2008, Scuderia Ferrari won 14 FIA Formula One World titles (eight Constructors’ and six Drivers’ titles, five thanks to Michael Schumacher and one with Kimi Räikkönen) and 106 Grand Prix victories.
In 2001, he took on responsibility for all motor sport activities of the Ferrari-Maserati Group and then he was appointed General Manager of Ferrari in 2004. This same year, Jean Todt was appointed CEO of Ferrari. In 2008, he took up a new post as a Special Advisor to the President of Ferrari.
He left Ferrari in April 2009.


Jean Todt was elected President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) on 23 October 2009, re-elected on 6 December 2013, and again on 8 December 2017.


On April 29 2015, Jean Todt was appointed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Envoy for Road Safety, and was confirmed in April 2017 by the new UN Secretary-General António Guterres.


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Jean Todt also devotes his time to several charitable causes. He is one of the Founders and Vice-President of the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière (ICM), an institute devoted to medical research for brain and spinal cord disorders, which was set up in 2005. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society since 2009, President of the Board of Directors of the Suu Foundation since December 2014, and member of the Board of Directors for the International Peace Institute (IPI) since June 2015.

He has been a member of the IOC’s Commission for Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport since April 2017.

Since January 2018, he has been a board member of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

He also sits on the boards of Gaumont, the Groupe Lucien Barrière and Edmond de Rothschild SA.

He is also Member of the Automobile Club de France and of the Polo de Paris.

Since March 2021, he is Colonel in the citizen's reserve of the French Gendarmerie Nationale


Jean Todt has been awarded many titles and distinctions, including:

  • Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (2011) 
  • Officer of the National Order of Merit (1991) 
  • Commander of the Italian Republic (2002) 
  • Dato Seri of Malaysia (2006) 
  • Member of the Ukrainian Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (2011) 
  • Grand Officer of the Order of Saint Agatha (San Marino) (2012) 
  • Commander of the National Order of Merit of Senegal (2013) 
  • Medal of the First Class of the Kingdom of Bahrain, awarded by the King (2014) 
  • Medal of the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation (2015) 
  • Commander of the Order of Saint Charles of Monaco (2020) 
  • Gold Medal of Youth and Sports (1987) 
  • Medal of the Order of St. George from the SemperOpernball (2019) 
  • Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Award (1987) 
  • Humanitarian of the Year Award by the United Nations Association of New York (2016) 
  • Palme d’Or of the International Automobile Festival (2015) 
  • Doctor Honoris Causa in Mechanic Engineering at Florence University (2004) 
  • Doctor Honoris Causa by the National Sports Academy of Sofia (2017) 
  • 1st Class Chief in the Order of the Burning Spear (Kenya) (2021)


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