Inducted into the Ring of Fame: 2020
Circus Profession: Cirque du Soleil, Co-founded
Guy Laliberté was a former street performer who co-founded Cirque du Soleil in 1984 with a one-million-dollar grant from the Canadian government. Feeling that circus could be the perfect platform for a broader interpretation of the arts, Laliberté expanded the vision of what circus could be, with a focus on exposing the world to art of dance, athletics, gymnastics and more. In the decades that have followed, Cirque du Soleil productions have been seen by more than 180 million people in more than 400 cities on six continents. Today, Cirque du Soleil productions tour the world and have permanent residency in Las Vegas and other major entertainment centers.
Laliberté was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world and was recognized as one of the most creative and innovative minds by Condé Nast. The strong vision of this unique entrepreneur and prominent philanthropist is what made Cirque du Soleil one of the largest and most profitable brands worldwide. A true ambassador of local talent and creativity, he continues to work with young creators and entrepreneurs by supporting several innovative initiatives via Lune Rouge which he founded in 2017.