Owen -Jones studied literature at Worcester College, Oxford, and began in 1969 as a sales representative for L' Oreal to work. In the 1980s, he rose from the seller to the boardroom of the World Group, whose chairman, he was in 1988 and remained until 2011. Created under his leadership from the European cosmetics company whose products were only available in Europe and the U.S., the world raised group, which today sells its goods to China.
Owen -Jones sat on the board of BNP Paribas and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi- Aventis. These activities, he also exerts at Air Liquide. He was chosen by the Spanish trade newspaper Futuro " best manager in Europe " to 2002. 2005 him the then French foreign minister appointed to a commander of the Legion of Honor to honor his contribution to France's economy. In the same year he was defeated by Queen Elizabeth II knighted.
Besides his work as manager Owen -Jones was motor sports. As a sports car pilot, he participated in the 1990s in national and international races. He was three times between 1994 and 1996 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the start and in 1996 was with his teammates David Brabham and Pierre -Henri Raphanel on a McLaren F1 in fifth place in the overall standings.