Carlos Ghosn Biography
Carlos Ghosn is a Brazilian-born French businessman of Lebanese ancestry. Ghosn formerly served as the CEO of Michelin North America, chairman, and CEO of Renault, chairman of AvtoVAZ, chairman and CEO of Nissan, and chairman of Mitsubishi Motors. Ghosn was also chairman and CEO of the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance, a strategic partnership between those automotive manufacturers through a complex cross-shareholding agreement. The venture has held an approximately 10% market share since 2010, and as of 2017 was reckoned to be the largest automobile group worldwide.
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Carlos Ghosn Age
He is 65 years old.
Carlos Ghosn Early life and education
Ghosn’s grandfather was Bichara Ghosn, a Maronite Christian who emigrated to Brazil from the French mandate of Lebanon at the age of 13 and eventually settled in remote Guaporé, Rondônia, near the border between Brazil and Bolivia. Bichara Ghosn was an entrepreneur and eventually managed several companies, including the rubber trade, the sale and purchase of agricultural products, and aviation. His son Jorge Ghosn married Rose Jazzar, a Nigerian-born woman whose family also came from Lebanon. They settled in Porto Velho, the capital of Rondônia, where they had four children.
Carlos Ghosn was born in Porto Velho on March 9, 1954. When he was about two years old, he fell ill after drinking unsanitary water and his mother moved to Rio de Janeiro with him. He did not fully recover there and in 1960, when Ghosn was six years old, he moved with his mother and sister to Beirut, Lebanon, where his grandmother and two other sisters lived.
Ghosn graduated from Lebanon from the Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour Jesuit School. He then completed his preparatory courses in Paris, at the Stanislas College and at the Saint-Louis Lycée. He completed his engineering studies in 1974 at the École Polytechnique and in 1978 at the École des Mines de Paris.
Through his first marriage to Rita Kordahi in 1984, Ghosn had four adult children: Caroline, Nadine, Maya and Anthony. They divorced in 2012. In May 2016, Ghosn married Carole Nahas and, a few months later in October, held a large party in the Grand Trianon of the Palace of Versailles on the outskirts of Paris to celebrate both the wedding and the wedding of Carole’s 50th birthday. Several Japanese media reports that he has six private residences: in Tokyo, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Beirut and New York.
Ghosn, described by Forbes magazine as “the hardest working man in the highly competitive global auto business”, commuted between Paris and Tokyo and from 2006 traveled around 250,000 flight miles per year on planes. Japanese media called him “seven-eleven” (“work very hard from early morning until late at night”). He has Brazilian, French and Lebanese citizenship. He is known for his direct, factual, result-oriented and implementation-oriented style in business strategy meetings, but also for his interest in solving problems from within a company by listening to the employees and being cross-functional and cross-cultural.
Ghosn is multilingual and speaks four languages fluently: French, Portuguese, English and Arabic. He also learned Japanese. He has ties to Lebanon, where he lived for 10 years and completed his primary and secondary education. He is a partner at Ixsir, a winery in the northern coastal city of Batroun in Lebanon. In 2012 he was appointed to the Honorary Board of the American Foundation of Saint George Hospital in Beirut.
Ghosn was hailed as a potential presidential candidate in Lebanon. In a survey conducted by AXA’s life insurance company in June 2011, Ghosn was ranked number 7 in a random survey among Japanese. (Barack Obama was No. 9 and Prime Minister Naoto Kan No. 19.) So far, he has declined such offers and said he has “no political ambitions”.
Ghosn’s lawyers said he had chronic kidney disease, which they believed was exacerbated by the lack of access to adequate treatment during his detention.
Carlos Ghosn Latest
Carlos Ghosn reportedly traveled to Lebanon after leaving Japan.
The Financial Times newspaper quotes an employee of Mr. Ghosn who said the businessman ended up in Beirut on Sunday.
Official sources have yet to confirm his move.
Mr. Ghosn was arrested in 2018 for alleged financial misconduct and has been charged with several charges. It is unclear how he could leave Japan where he was on bail.
It is unknown whether he made a deal with prosecutors or fled. The businessman has both French and Lebanese passports.
His lawyers accused the Japanese government of conspiring against him and called the prosecutor’s case “politically motivated.”