New El Dorado for top French groups
Taking their cue from the Total oil group that acquired [...]
France’s Total is one of the world’s top seven oil and oil products companies and is involved in every aspect of the oil chain from extraction to sales. In the early 2000s, it merged with Elf Aquitaine and was called TotalFinaElf before changing its name back to Total.
After having served as the high profile chairman and chief executive of BAE Systems from 1998 to 2004, Richard "Dick" Evans has been putting his talents to use in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. President Nursultan Nazarbayev recruited him in October 2006 to run the country's sovereign fund, Samruk. [...]
Since 2008, Dominique de Villepin has been reaping the benefits of a network of business contacts built up over 30 years in the corridors of power. His law firm, Villepin international, which opened in April 2008, is devoted to his new profession of business facilitator. [...]