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Guy Laliberte was born on 2 September 1959, in the Canadian city of Quebec, of French descent, and is an entrepreneur, poker player and philanthropist, but undoubtedly most famous as the co-founder of the now world famous Cirque du Soleil.

So just how rich is Guy Laliberte? Guy’s net worth is currently estimated by authoritative sources at an impressive $2 billion, taking his place as the 11th richest Canadian and in the wealthiest 500 people in the world according to Forbes magazine. Much of Laliberte’s net worth is owed to the success of Cirque du Soleil, which has grown from a single circus troupe to an organization that spans five continents. Starting his career as a street performer and a member of a circus troupe, Guy Laliberte has come a long way since, receiving the highest civil honours from the governments of both his native province of Quebec and the Canadian Confederation, including the Order of Canada in 2004, as well as becoming one of the world’s first space tourists.

Guy Laliberte Net Worth $2 Billion

Guy Laliberte was been drawn to show business in childhood – after watching a performance by the “Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus”, he felt instantly drawn to the lifestyle, performing in several arts events at school and beginning his career as a street performer soon after graduation. He made his name through stilt-walking, fire-eating and playing the accordion, and it was not long until he was invited to join a professional troupe – “Les Echassiers”.

Guy Laliberte’s net worth was soon to take off when he founded Cirque du Soleil together with Gilles Ste-Croix. Initially only a small band of performers intending to work together for only a year, Cirque du Soleil extended its performances at the request of the government of Quebec. Regarding the company’s name – Circus of the Sun, – Laliberte has been quoted saying that he got the idea during a trip to Hawaii, to reflect his idea that the sun stands for youth and energy, and that the Cirque du Soleil should be defined by these two words. Guy Laliberte has personally participated in the creation of every Cirque du Soleil show since the circus was founded in 1984 – and his ideas have found considerable success, as the circus now boasts annual revenue approaching $1 billion.

Although Guy Laliberte owes most of his wealth to the incredible success of Cirque du Soleil, he can also claim to success as a professional poker player, having finished fourth in the April 2007 World Poker Tour Season Five event in Bellagio, Las Vegas – coming away with $696,220. He was the one to announce the biggest buy-in poker tournament in history, the “Big One for One Drop 2012”, won by professional poker player Antonio Esfandiari. A portion of the prize-pool, more than $5 million in total, went to Laliberte’s own charity, the One Drop Foundation.

In September 2009, Guy Laliberte became one of the world’s first space tourists, using the occasion to raise awareness about sensitive environmental issues and calling it a “poetic social mission” in space. He has been rewarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2007 was name Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

In his personal life, Guy Laliberte was in a 10-year relationship with Rizia Moreira(1990-2000), and now lives with his girlfriend Claudia Barilla and their two children.

Quick Facts

Birth date: 2 September 1959,
Birth place: Quebec, Canada,
Profession:co-founder of the now world famous Cirque du Soleil, Professional Poker Player, an entrepreneur, philanthropist,
Nationality:Canadian,
TV shows:High Stakes Poker, All Together Now,
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at 6800 Hollywood, California on November 22, 2010.
2Took a three-month training course in Russia that included classes in astronautics and space navigation for his space flight on the Russian "Soyuz" spaceship in 2009.
3Conducted private research while orbiting Earth for twelve days as a guest member of the Russian "Soyuz" space crew. [September 2009]
4Paid 35 million dollars for orbiting Earth for twelve days on the Russian "Soyuz" spaceship as a private participant and researcher. [September 2009]
5Promoted his company, Cirque du Soleil, while orbiting Earth for twelve days as a guest member of the Russian "Soyuz" space flight, for which he paid 35 million dollars. [September 2009]
6Spent twelve days on the Russian "Soyuz" spaceship as a private participant and researcher. [September 2009]
7Played poker and carried some private research while orbiting Earth for twelve days as a guest member of the Russian "Soyuz" space crew, for which he paid 35 million dollars in three payments. [September 2009]
8In 2001, he received the Harbourfront honor for creative people.
9He was honored by Beverly Hills, California in 2003.
10He was named one of Time magazine's "World's Most Influential People" in 2004.
11By 2004, Laliberté was number 514 on the "Forbes Billionaires List" and number 75 on Canada's "List of Richest People".
12He was awarded the OC (Officer of the Order of Canada) by the Governor General of Canada on October 30, 2003 for his services to the performing arts.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Co-founder of Cirque du Soleil


Quotes

#Quote
1Business is difficult. But it could be approached two ways: seriously, or with the same way you're doing your job, with entertainment aspect, with pleasure, with fun. And we decided to try to make it as fun that we do our creativity.
2We're not afraid of risking what was our success yesterday in order to explore some new field. We're adventurous. We like the challenge of unknown territory, unknown artistic field, and that's what stimulates us.
3I am blessed for what I have, but I believed in it from the beginning. Today, the dream is the same: I still want to travel, I still want to entertain, and I most certainly still want to have fun.


Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameLive PerformanceOn 22 November 2010. At 6800 Hollywood Blvd.


Filmography

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cirque du Soleil: Delirium2008founder: Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil: Kooza2008Video founder: Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil: Corteo2006Video founder: Cirque du Soleil
Saltimbanco1997TV Movie documentary concept / founder: Cirque du Soliel

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Touch the Sky2012Documentary idea
Cirque du Soleil: Corteo2006Video script and quote selection
Cirque du Soleil: Midnight Sun2004TV Movie idea
La magie continue1986TV Movie creator

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cirque du Soleil: KÀ2007TV Movie supervising producer
Cirque du Soleil II: A New Experience1991TV Movie documentary producer
La magie continue1986TV Movie executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Knocked Up2007thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Thrilling Ride Through Kooza2007Video documentaryHimself - Founder
Imagine2006TV Series documentaryHimself
KÀ Extreme: Cirque du Soleil2005Video documentaryHimself
60 Minutes Wednesday1999TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2005-2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Founder, Cirque du Soleil (segment "Michael Jackson") / Himself - Founder (segment "Cirque Du Soleil")
Touch the Sky2012DocumentaryHimself
Formula 1: BBC Sport2010TV SeriesHimself - Cirque du Soleil (segment: F1 Forum)
Poker After Dark2008TV SeriesHimself
All Together Now2008DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
60 Minutes2005-2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Founder, Cirque du Soleil (segment "Michael Jackson") / Himself - Founder, Cirque du Soleil (segment "Cirque du Soleil") / Himself - Founder (segment "Cirque Du Soleil")

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