The chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie (6 August 1951 – 20 October 2014), died in a plane crash at the Vnukovo airport in Moscow.
The swashbuckling French businessman and his three crew members were killed, when the Paris-bound Falcon 50—a French-built, mid-sized corporate jet—collided with a snow plough and was then engulfed in flames.
How is Total linked to F1?
Did you know?
Elf lubricants, well-known for their synthetic racing oil is a major brand of Total Group. Elf was the first company to pioneer a total synthetic racing oil.
TOTAL and ELF are both sponsors in the racing world, and is involved in a large number of promotional activities for motorsports.
A statement from the office of French President Francois Hollande said: "Christophe de Margerie dedicated his life to French industry and to building up the Total group. He made it into one of the very top global companies."
"Francois Hollande cherished Christophe de Margerie's independent character, original personality and his devotion to his country."
Will the motorsport world be any different with the departure of this original personality?
Christophe de Margerie was hugely influential and a recognizable character. He leaves a large gap to be filled, and it's a huge loss to the industry and its future focus.
We convey our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and community.
Christophe de Margerie Facts:
— Joined Total Group in 1974.
— Nickname "Big Moustache."
— Accused of being one of Saddam's business partners.