Born: May 26, 1957, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que.
Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, l'Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales, 1978; master's in business administration, l'Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales, 1984.
Professional career: Auditor with Ernst &Young, 1978-84; co-founder of Air Transat, 1986.
Political career: Elected to legislature with the Parti Quebecois, 1998; minister of commerce and industry, 1998; education minister, 1998-2002; health minister, 2002-03; co-founder of Coalition for Quebec's Future, 2011.
Personal: Married to Isabelle Brais. They have two children.
Quote: "I have defended the third option for seven years. It's out of the question to abandon it." — Legault on his election chances.