Entrepreneurial spirit took George Lengvari to the top of his field
From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012 9:33PM EDT
George Lengvari arrived in Canada in 1951 as a penniless Hungarian immigrant and went on to become one of Canada’s most successful life insurance brokers. It was a profession he came to relatively late in life, starting when he was almost 40 after spending the postwar years in refugee camps in Europe and in menial jobs first in Britain and then in Canada.
The wars of the 20th century shaped Lengvari’s life. His father was killed in the opening months of the First World War. George was born five months later in April, 1915, the third of three sons. In an effort to help out a war widow, his uncle adopted his brother Ferenc who took his family name, Csik. That brother, Ferenc Csik, went on to become a national hero in Hungary when he won a surprise gold medal in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. All three brothers excelled at school. The oldest, Akos, became a lawyer, Ferenc Csik became a medical doctor and George earned a doctorate in political science and law.read more