“I don’t believe in pitfalls. I believe in taking risks and not doing the same thing twice.”
Co-Founder and Creative Guide: Cirque Du Soleil;
Born: 2nd September, 1959, Saint-Bruno
Nationality: Canadian
Creative, Voyager, Resolute
  1. If you are a dream chaser, you ought to be a risk taker.
  2. Respect humanity, and preserve the attributes of your environment.

  1. Conceptualising engaging plots and enthralling musical scores to showcase unique variety acts.
  2. Winning the hearts of audiences in Las Vegas, and signing important contracts with casino moguls such as Steve Wynn.
  3. Expansion of Cirque Du Soleil with a solid foundation in various continents across the world..

Guy Laliberté imbibed a passion for performance arts after his parents made him watch the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus show. He started out in performance arts as a street juggler, and became a self- taught accordion and harmonica player. After dropping out of college, he decided to pursue performance arts as a profession. In the years that followed, Guy chased his dream passionately and travelled across Europe to learn and hone new skills. He acquired the art of fire breathing in Paris, but when he returned home, he realised that attaining financial security was extremely challenging. What lay ahead was a mundane job at a hydroelectric power plant that offered a stable income, but it had only been three days at the new job when the workers at the plant decided to go on strike. Guy took this as a positive sign, and decided to let go of the job as a result of all the chaos that ensued. He vowed to never give up on his dream again and began stilt walking with Gilles Ste-Croix’s Stilt Walking Theatre Troupe, Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul. Together, they had envisioned the concept of organising a series of festive events (La Fête foraine) and combined a variety of talented street performers who would perform on the same stage. In 1983, the government of Québec announced a $1.5 million dollar art grant to celebrate the 450th year of Canada’s discovery by Jacques Cartier. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. Guy labored to establish the groundwork for artistic production, and his partner travelled 56 miles (Baie-Saint-Paul to Québec city) on stilts. The government was delighted to see their display and awarded them successive years of funding, which proved to be the ultimate factor in the discovery of Cirque Du Soleil. It set the ground running for a marvel that attained loyal viewership around the world.






Joined Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul and toured Québec as a performing troupe



Co-founded Cirque Du Soleil



Increased the number of shows and developed significant presence internationally



Created the One Drop Foundation to alleviate poverty and offer sustainable access to safe water



Became Canada’s first private space explorer and the campaign of his spaceflight was issued to raise awareness on water issues concerning mankind



Big One for One Drop Foundation raised US$ 7.28 million at the World Series of Poker



Sold a majority of his total stake in Cirque du Soleil to US private equity firm TPG Capital(60%), and Fosun Capital Group of China(20%). He held on to a minority stake of 10%

Cirque du Soleil has been observed by more than 160 million spectators in 400 cities, and six continents.