Jean-Pierre Angelil is a well-known Canadian poker player and the son of a former Canadian musical producer, artist manager, and singer, René Angélil, and his wife Anne Renée, a Canadian pop singer. His father is best known for being the manager and husband of iconic singer Celine Dion. He won Félix Award for Manager of the Year for two consecutive years in 1987 and 1988. He was awarded the National Order of Quebec, as Chevalier in 2009 and the Order of Canada in 2013. Angélil was honored with a “national funeral” service at Notre-Dame Basilica by the government of Quebec after his death in 2014.
Jene’s mother Anne Renee was a moderately popular Canadian singer giving hits like “Un amour d’adolescent” and “On trouve l’amour”. She hosted the show Les Tannants for two years.
Jean-Pierre Angelil’s Family Background
Born in 1974 in Quebec, Canada Jean is the eldest child of his parents. Jean’s father René Angélil was born on January 16, 1942 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Angélil’s father Joseph Angélil was of Syrian origin and his mother Alice Sara was of Lebanese descent. Angélil studied high school at Collège Saint-Viateur in Outremont and did post secondary at Collège André-Grasset in Montreal. Angélil died of throat cancer on January 14, 2016. Jene’s mother was born Manon Kirouac on August 24, 1950, in Laval, Quebec, Canada. Jene’s parents René Angélil and Anne Renée married in 1973. The couple divorced in 1986. Jene has a younger sister Anne-Marie, born in 1977.
Jean-Pierre Angelil’s Career
In 1961 Jean’s father Rene Angélil began his career as a pop singer in Montreal, forming a pop rock group, Les Baronets with his childhood friends Pierre Labelle and Jean Beaulne. They had a few hit songs including “C’est fou and mais c’est tout” (1964), which were originally french translations of the English songs “The Beatles” and “Hold Me Tight”.
In 1972, Angélil with his best friend Guy Cloutier started working as artist managers for pop stars. After working for a couple of Canadian entertainers including René Simard and Ginette Reno, they decided to pursue their careers as solo managers. In 1981 René became Celine Dion’s agent and served as her manager and producer until June 2014, when he was diagnosed with throat cancer.
Being an ardent poker player, Angélil qualified for the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. He finished in the money at the 2007 Mirage Poker Showdown event on the World Poker Tour.
Jean-Pierre Angelil’s Family Net Worth
Jean’s father Rene Angelil was among the richest artist managers and producers in Canada and United States. Having owned several ventures and companies including CDA Productions and Les Productions Feeling, he built a business empire of millions of dollars. Being one of the co-owners of Montreal’s iconic Schwartz’s Deli, he left a net worth of about $400 million at the time of his death in 2014. After Rene’s death, the ownership of all his ventures and production companies was transferred to his widow Celine Dion.