Guy Laliberté

Guy Laliberté is a famous Canadian performer and entrepreneur. He is also the founder of the acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil.

Rags To Riches Story

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      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.

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      He developed a passion for performance arts at a very young age and started performing and producing his events in high school.

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      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.

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      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.

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      He partnered with Gilles Ste-Croix and Daniel Gauthier in organizing ‘La Fete Foraine’ (The Carnival).

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      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.

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      He took his circus to the Los Angeles Arts Festival, which was a huge hit and lead to $2 Million worth of future contracts.

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      He also grabbed the opportunity of performing at Las Vegas’ Treasure Island Hotel and started the show ‘Mystere’.

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      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.

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      At present, Cirque du Solei has over 5000 employees, $1 Billion in annual revenue and $250 Million in annual profits.