Jean Claude Gandur was born in Grasse, France in 1949. Gandur studied law and political science at the University of Lausanne and history at Pantheon-Sorbonne University.
Gandur started as an oil trader. He was Chairman and CEO of Addax Petroleum until its takeover by Sinopec Group in August 2009 for $7.3 billion.
His new Toronto-listed oil company Oryx Petroleum held its IPO in 2013, and it is developing large oilfields in Iraqi Kurdistan. As of November 2014, his net worth is $2.3 billion.