|Jean Todt Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||February 25, 1946|
Jean Todt is a French motor racing executive and former rally co-driver who served as the director of Peugeot Talbot Sport.
Jean Henri Todt
Jean Todt attended Ecole des Cadres School of Economics and Business in Paris, a French business school in the city of Paris located in the business district La Défense.
Motor Racing Executive, Former Rally Co-driver
- Others – Yeoh Kian Teik (Father-In-Law) (MCA Politician), Janet Yeoh (Mother-In-Law) (Lawyer), Lam Hoe Yeoh (Brother-In-Law) (Malaysian Consultant), Robert Yeoh (Brother-In-Law)
Jean Todt has been repped by Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, Association, Paris, France.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jean Todt has dated –
- Michelle Yeoh (2004-Present) – He started going out with Malaysian actor Michelle Yeoh in the year 2004, after meeting her at a presentation ceremony in Shanghai. After going out for some years, the duo got engaged and she confirmed their engagement on CBS’s The Late Late Show in July 2008. The duo eventually got married on July 27, 2023, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Note – Jean also has a son named Nicolas Todt (b. November 17, 1977) from his previous marriage.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt and Pepper
Jean Todt Facts
- He got inclined toward motorsport at a young age and appreciated drivers like Jim Clark and Dan Gurney.
- Following his passion for motorsport, Jean Todt borrowed the parental Mini Cooper to drive in rallies and he soon realized that he performed best as a co-driver.
- In 1966, he first co-drove with Guy Chasseuil and Jean’s talent for calculation, strategy, and organization quickly made him a sought-after navigator.
- He became involved with popular rally stars such as Jean-Pierre Nicolas, Rauno Aaltonen, Ove Andersson, Hannu Mikkola, and Guy Fréquelin by the year 1969.
- As a co-driver, Jean Todt had successful stints with Jean-François Piot, Ove Andersson, Achim Warmbold, Jean Guichet, Hannu Mikkola, Jean-Claude Lefèbvre, Timo Mäkinen, Jean-Pierre Nicolas, and Guy Fréquelin.
- From 1975 to 1981, he represented the drivers in the FISA (Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile) Rally Commission.
- As Guy Fréquelin’s co-driver with Talbot, Jean won the manufacturers’ World Rally Championship as well as was runner-up in the drivers’ World Rally Championship in 1981. By that time, he had also begun to heavily participate in the management of the team and in relations with the FIA.
- Jean Todt eventually retired from competing as a co-driver in 1981 and was subsequently appointed as the Director of Racing for Peugeot by the then-CEO Jean Boillot. At the time of his appointment, PSA Peugeot Citroën was experiencing major financial difficulties along with image problems.
- He has been the brains behind the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, Peugeot 405 Turbo 16, and Peugeot 905.
- Peugeot made a return to the World Rally Championship in 1984 and the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Group B, driven first by Timo Salonen and then by Juha Kankkunen, obtained back-to-back manufacturers’ World Championship titles in 1985 and 1986.
- He won the Le Mans 24 Hours with the Peugeot 905 driven by Derek Warwick, Yannick Dalmas, and Mark Blundell in 1992.
- Jean Todt’s 12-year stint with Peugeot Talbot Sport came to an end in 1993. He was then recruited by Luca di Montezemolo (the CEO of Scuderia Ferrari) and Jean started serving as the General Manager of the Racing Division at the head of a team of 400 technicians on July 1, 1993, at the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours. He became the first non-Italian since Marco Piccinini to head the Scuderia.
- In addition to his title of General Manager of the Racing Division, he was appointed as the CEO of Ferrari on June 1, 2004.
- Jean Todt has served as an Honorary Member of the Automobile Club de France and of the Polo de Paris.
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