Poker player Guy Laliberte, who is currently residing at Quebec, Canada, was born on September 2, 1959. His father was a Public Relation Executive of Alcan Aluminum Corporation and his mother was working as a nurse. He decided to pursue a career in performing arts when he was 16, as he was very good at producing events while still in school. After his graduation Guy Laliberte became part of a folk music group called "La Grande Gueule", playing the accordion and harmonica. He travelled around Europe as a folk musician and busker, and also leant the art of fire breathing before he returned to Canada in 1979.
Guy Laliberté is also the founder and chief executive officer of the Cirque du Soleil circus troupe. He owns around 95% of the shares of the troupe which has five permanent shows in Las Vegas. Moving with his troupe to Las Vegas was a good move by Guy Laliberte in terms of monetary gain, as according to “Forbes Magazine,” his current monetary value is $1.5 Billion, making him one of the richest (654th rank) men in the world. He has also received many awards and honors for excellence in his music career.
Success in poker circuit for Guy Laliberte began in the Super Satellite No-Limit Hold’em event of the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship/WPT Event Season 5 held on April 20, 2007, from which he added another $25,700 to his bankroll. His next money finish was in the WPT No-Limit Hold’em Championship event of the same tournament held on April 27. In the event, he secured fourth rank and won an enormous booty of $696,220 in prize money. Guy Laliberte competed with 639 players in this $25,000-buy-in game, and made it to the final table with Juan Carlos Mortensen of Las Vegas, Kirk Morrison of Boise, and Paul Lee of Los Angeles.
He is a dreamer but he is one of those people who strive hard to attain their dreams. Juan Carlos wants to travel, entertain, and have fun.
Awards and Honors
• 1997 - Recipient of the Ordre National du Quebec, the highest distinction awarded by the Quebec government.
• 2004 - Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
• 2004 - Recipient of the "Order of Canada".
• 2006 - Recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for all three levels: Quebec, Canada and international.
• 2007 - Recipient of the 2007 Humanitarian Award for his social commitment with the ONE DROP Foundation