Businessman Pierre Péladeau died on December 24, 1997.
25 years ago, on Christmas Eve, businessman Pierre Péladeau died of respiratory failure. He was 72 years old. Starting from nothing, Pierre Péladeau built an empire in the field of publishing. During his successful career, he spoke to our journalists about his vision of the business world.
Pierre Péladeau was born in 1925 in Outremont. Her father was wealthy, but went bankrupt shortly after she was born.
He first studied at the University of Montreal, where he obtained a master's degree in philosophy and then completed a law degree at McGill University.
In 1950, he bought his first weekly, the Journal de Rosemont, by borrowing $1,500 from his mother. He subsequently acquired several other neighborhood weeklies in the city.
In 1964, he took advantage of the strike at the newspaper La Presse to launch the dailyLe Journal de Montreal. The popular tabloid quickly became a hit.
The following year, the businessman and publisher founded Quebecor and brought together all of his companies related to the edition.
“The first quality of a newspaper is to be sold. No sale, no log. »
In this interview given on September 15, 1966 to journalist James Bamber, Pierre Péladeau dissects the cover page of Journal de Montréal.
Journalist James Bamber talks with Pierre Péladeau about the quality of information at the Journal de Montréal.
Pierre Péladeau struggled with manic depression and alcoholism. He will contribute financially to organizations that help people struggling with addictions.
The publisher showed the image of a confident man with outspoken words and colorful words . His lyrics have sometimes caused controversy.
May 22, 1970 at Format 60, Pierre Péladeau, who was a fervent sovereigntist, analyzes the ways of doing things for French-speaking business people following his lecture given at the Kiwanis Club of Maisonneuve, which bore the title Why are we afraid of becoming rich?.
Pierre Péladeau summarizes and explains the theme of his talk at the Kiwanis club, which was entitled “Why are we afraid to become rich? He analyzes the ways of acting of French-speaking businessmen. Journalist: Guy Lamarche
Journalist Jean Ducharme then asks him to explain what he means by fear and to give him an example.
“If a guy runs a hardware store and does well in his hardware store…it's pretty remarkable that that guy is happy with his hardware store.” If he makes a profit of X he stops there, why wouldn't he open 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7? Why is it the others, particularly Anglophones, who do not hesitate to take these risks? »
— Pierre Péladeau
In an interview, he explains that business people must learn to stay in the same field and expand their economic activities within this same domain. He is of the opinion that scattering is not the right way to proceed in order to succeed in business.
“It's a fear phenomenon. We are afraid of just about anything. The day we realize that we can take action and that these actions can have an impact, we will change. »
— Pierre Péladeau
On November 15, 1990, Pierre Péladeau discusses his line of thinking and his way of doing business with the animator Robert Guy Scully.< /p>
Robert Guy Scully meets businessman Pierre Péladeau. It's about his line of thinking, his way of doing business.
As Pierre Péladeau appreciates philosophy, Robert Guy Scully tells him about one of his mentors, Friedrich Nietzsche, with whom Péladeau shares the value of the will. The businessman explains that his mother was a strong woman who taught him to play to win.
This interview also discusses Pierre's business allies Péladeau, lawyer Wilbrod Gauthier and accountant Charles-Albert Poissant, whose publisher benefited from advice throughout the rise of Quebecor. His two sons, Erik and Pierre Karl, will also come to support their father in decision-making.
The host also discusses Pierre Péladeau's reputation for toughness and intransigence in business.
The entrepreneur was a great lover of classical music. He gave millions for the center that bears his name, the Center Pierre Péladeau, for the arts pavilion of Sainte-Adèle and for the Metropolitan Orchestra. He was a patron and loved artists. He often preferred to be around the latter rather than business people.
“The important thing is was to build and create something. I think basically any businessman is first and foremost an artist. Business people who only care about money are sweetly annoying. »
— Pierre Péladeau
In 1999, Pierre Karl Péladeau officially took over the reins of the company created by his father and continued to grow it.
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