François Legault was born in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue on May 26, 1957. He is married and has two children. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Public Accountancy) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA in Finance) from HEC Montréal. He is a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec.
François Legault began his career as an auditor and team leader at Ernst & Young from 1978 to 1984, before being appointed director of finance and administration at Nationair Canada in 1984.
In 1985, he became marketing director for Québecair. A year later, he cofounded Air Transat and served as its CEO until 1997.
Mr. Legault went into politics from 1998 to 2009, where he held several important offices in the Government of Québec, including Minister of Education and Minister of Health and Social Services.
On November 14, 2011, François Legault founded a new party, Coalition Avenir Québec, which he also leads.
Mr. Legault was elected MNA for the L’Assomption riding in the 2012 and 2014 general elections. In October 2018, he was re-elected and became Premier of Québec when his party obtained the majority of votes.