Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Guy Laliberte: a Canadian clown turned billionaire world entertainer (Video)

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte (CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS)
He dabbles in World Championship Poker. He took a recent vacation to the International Space Station. He’s one of the richest men on the planet. He’s an author. Oh, and he’s a clown.

Not in the derogatory sense, of course. In the red-nose sense. Guy Laliberte, the creator of Cirque de Soliel turns 52 today. In his just-more-than half a century on this planet, he’s brought back to life an art form most thought was left to nostalgia: the circus. He’s elevated the grand performance of street artists and jugglers and high-wire acts. His sleek shows took the tents out of parking lots and onto Broadway, onto the Las Vegas strip and out on the world stage. He’s given hope to every kid with a penchant for clowning around a future in making a crowd gasp with wonder.

Take a look at just some of the scenes from the repertory of odd that is Laliberte’s work:

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