Mark was the first born of two sons to Victor and Marie Le Doux in 1954. He grew up for the first 10 years of his life in a home near Beverly
Hills that was an estate built for Zsa Zsa Gabor by her husband George Sanders.
He and his siblings seldom saw their parents because they were involved in a business taking them around the country – as they pioneered the Contour Chair. After a legal dispute with the manufacturer, they lost the exclusive right to merchandise them and their business suffered immensely.
When Mark was 10 or 11 years old, his parents had to sell their estate and move out of California and relocate to Oklahoma City. Prior to their move, the school that had educated the boys in their early years, The Isabelle Buckley School, licensed the teaching of reading via phonics to Mark’s parents.
They recorded lessons on LP records, created books and started commercializing the product as Play ‘N Talk – an ingenuous method to teach reading to young children.
After moving, the business did well enough after three years to allow the family to send the boys to a private school, after a few years of being in public schools in Oklahoma City.
During these years however, the things of luxury were replace with things of necessity, a real education on the value of money and the difference between want to have and nice to have items.
Mark graduated from high school in 1972 and went to the University of Oklahoma where he was a Presidential Scholar.
After graduating from college, he moved back to California to work for a man with a vitamin manufacturing firm who was a friend of a friend, and there he brought his skills in sterile technique to help the company improve quality throughput. During these years he also earned a Juris Doctorate degree.
In 1988 he married Julie whom he met on a blind date in Woodland Hills, California. He is the proud father of three remarkable children – Jean Marc, Christian (now married) and Amiee.
They moved from the San Diego region in 2002 to their historic farm in New Hampshire. Mark now serves in a variety of roles representing the natural products industry in Washington DC, Geneva, Switzerland at the WHO and is the Chairman of his Selectman Board in his home town of
Hollis, New Hampshire.