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Guy Laliberté is a famous Canadian performer and entrepreneur. He is also the founder of the acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil.
Guy Laliberté was born to a large middle-class family in Quebec City, while his father worked as a Public Relation Executive and his mother was a nurse.
He developed a passion for performance arts at a very young age and started performing and producing his events in high school.
He dropped out of his college to follow his dreams and started ‘busking’ or traveling for street performances with shows featuring fire breathers, sword swallowers, acrobats and stilt walkers.
Later, due to lack of money, he returned to Quebec to work full time in a steady job, where he got fired within 3 days and devoted himself again to performing arts.
He partnered with Gilles Ste-Croix and Daniel Gauthier in organizing ‘La Fete Foraine’ (The Carnival).
Later, they formed “Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil” with the grant of $1.5 Million received from the Quebec government. This was the start of his journey to success.
He took his circus to the Los Angeles Arts Festival, which was a huge hit and lead to $2 Million worth of future contracts.
He also grabbed the opportunity of performing at Las Vegas’ Treasure Island Hotel and started the show ‘Mystere’.
Having started only with one show in 1990, Cirque du Solei eventually performed for more than 100 Million spectators in 300 cities around the world.
At present, Cirque du Solei has over 5000 employees, $1 Billion in annual revenue and $250 Million in annual profits.