Born in France in a European/South American/Russian family, he lived throughout his life in Europe, and the Americas. JP studied law in Paris, and decided to try the medical electronics industry during the 70s and 80s. He managed Audipha, a Siemens French agency at the time, he then created Oticon France, a subsidiary of the then world leader in the hearing aids industry. He then created the Federation Francaise de l audition and set up a framework of: manufacturing, distribution and franchising, as well as post graduation training which complemented the hearing aids being sold; as well as a research laboratory, professional syndicate, and mutual insurance. This evolved into the Audika group in the hands of former staff.
Passionate about design, J.P.created an acclaimed high fashion collection in Paris in 1977 with the technical assistance of Thierry Mugler’s team.
In London 1986 he created the van Dijck Club, which became the iconic rendez-vous of young cosmopolitan society.
Most recently JP is investing in land banking in Brazil.
Thirty years ago, JP created a small boat yard in Cornwall, in order to do up three high sea fishing vessels he had bought, with aim to start a modular international waters floating village. Technology shortcomings and political hostility made it difficult for the project to be viable, at the time. He is now beyond excited the technology has caught up to his dream of floating villages and is ready for the next adventure in his life – to live on a floating island.