Born in 1964, graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris, Charles Beigbeder began his career as investment banker at BNP Paribas then, Crédit Suisse First Boston and later MC-BBL Securities in London.
In 1997, he founded Selftrade, pioneer in online French brokerage, listed on Euronext in 2000, sold to Dab Bank then acquired by Boursorama. It is now one of Europe’s largest execution-only stockbrokers, providing private investors with a wide range of investment services.
In 2002, Charles founded Poweo, first independent electricity and gas provider in France, listed on Euronext in 2004. In 2009, Poweo generated €+500m in revenues and was sold to Verbund then Direct Energie which was finally acquired by Total, leading oil & gas company, for €1.4B.
In 2007, Charles founded AgroGeneration with Charles Vilgrain, CEO. Today AgroGeneration is ranked amongst some of the largest agro-holding company in Ukraine. The company’s core business is grains and oil commodity crop farming.
Charles has invested and co-founded more than 40 companies through Gravitation his personal investment holding. Gravitation portfolio is composed of successful tech and deep tech companies such as:
- Navya: World leading autonomous vehicle operator;
- John Paul: Online concierge acquired by AccorHotels;
- Transatel: Mobile Operator acquired by NTT Communications; etc;
- Terre Solaire: Solar electricity producer;
- La Compagnie-XL Airways: First French airline low cost company.
Charles has also founded Audacia, a leading private private equity firm having invested €+750m in 330 companies. Audacia is the fund investment manager of Quantonation.
Charles Beigbeder has been involved in several initiatives linked to companies and city life. President of the association CroissancePlus, a gathering of high-growth companies, then member of the Executive Board and President of the MEDEF Entrepreneurship Board.
Since 2018: Quantonation, Founding Partner
Since 2018: Navya Group, Chairman
Since 2010: Gravitation, President and Founder, family owned private holding company
Since 2010: Audacia, Founder, Chairman & CEO
2007-2013: Founder & Board Member of Agro Generation
2002-2009: Founder & CEO of Poweo, listed on Euronext
1997-2002: Founder & CEO of Selftrade, listed on Euronext
1989-1999: Matra Marconi Space, Engineer
1988: Ecole Centrale Paris, Major in Space & Aeronautics, master’s degree