Jean Albou was born in 1957 in Casablanca, Morocco. Doctor of philosophy, he is a teacher, then becomes in 1990 the advisor and asset manager of one of the richest men in the United States. He forms for him an important art collection while buying art works for himself. He becomes the friend of César and Arman, advising other private collectors, organizing retrospectives in Monaco. In October 2007 he is appointed to the Committee of Development of Artcurial auction house. There he sells his collection in January 2008. The sale does not win the expected success. He can not repay his debts. This is the beginning of a long descent into hell.