Born on July 1, 1961 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Jean-Paul Gut studied at the Lycée Janson-de-Sailly (Paris). He studied at the University of Paris II-Panthéon Assas and graduated from the Institute of Political Studies (IEP Paris). He began his career in 1983 as Vice President Export at Matra-Défense. At the age of 22, Jean-Paul Gut became one of the youngest executive managers in this industrial sector. In 1988, he was appointed Export Sales Manager.