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Guy Laliberté

Cofounder and CEO, Cirque du Soleil
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Net worth 2018: $1.19 Billion
Industry: Media
Residence: Montreal, Canada
Country: Canada
BirthDay: 2 September 1959
Sigh: Libra
Children: 5
BIOGRAPHY

Guy Laliberté was bornon 2 September 1959 in Montreal, Canada, Canada, is Cofounder and CEO, Cirque du Soleil. Guy Laliberté is #1833 in List Billionaires People In The World. Guy Laliberte cofounded Cirque du Soleil, one of the biggest live entertainment groups in the world. Known for its intricate circus shows, the Cirque has performed for more than 160 million spectators across more than 400 cities on six continents. Laliberte started out as a street performer in Quebec, walking on stilts and breathing fire. He founded Cirque du Soleil in 1984 when the Canadian government awarded him a $1 million contract to develop a celebration for the 450th anniversary of the discovery of Canada. In 2015 he sold much of his 90% stake to U.S. private equity firm TPG Capital and Chinese investment group Fosun. Laliberte kept 10% of the company. He traveled to space as a tourist in 2009.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2009

$2.5 Billion

2010

$2.5 Billion

2011

$2.5 Billion

2012

$2.6 Billion

2013

$1.8 Billion

2014

$2 Billion

2015

$1.9 Billion

2016

$1.3 Billion

2017

$1.4 Billion

2018

$1.19 Billion

TIMELINE
2016

Major works that took place there were expected to end in 2016 at the cost of approximately 20 millions CA$, according to Journal de Montréal (see below)

2015

Following an announcement from the Cirque du Soleil on 20 April 2015 concerning a change in ownership, Laliberté will maintain a stake in the business and will continue to provide strategic and creative input to the company

2014

In May 2014, Guy Laliberté told the Journal de Montréal that he wanted to make of this place a shelter that could accommodate his family and friends in the event of a global catastrophe

2011

In June 2011, Laliberté published a book, entitled Gaia, containing photos of Earth from his 2009 trip to the International Space Station

2010

On November 22, 2010, he and Cirque du Soleil were honoured with the 2,424th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2009

In September 2009, Guy Laliberté became the first Canadian space tourist

2008

"Université Laval (Québec) awarded an honorary doctorate to Guy Laliberté in 2008

2007

Guy Laliberté became in 2007 the owner of the atoll of Nukutepipi in the French Polynesia

2006

In 2006, Laliberté was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

2004

In 2004, he received the Order of Canada, the highest distinction in the country, from the Governor General of Canada

2003

In 2003, he was honored by the Condé Nast group as part of the Never Follow Program, a tribute to creators and innovators

2001

In 2001, he was named a Great Montrealer by the Académie des Grands Montréalais

1997

In 1997, Guy Laliberté received the National Order of Quebec, the highest distinction awarded by the Government of Quebec

1984

”Since 1984, Laliberté has participated in the creation of every Cirque du Soleil show

1980

In 1980, he ran as a Rhinoceros Party candidate for the electoral district of Charlevoix in the 1980 federal election

1959

Laliberté was born in 1959 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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