Shakira is a popular Colombian-born international pop star. Her net worth and popularity keep on increasing thanks to her talent and hard work. She is a singer, songwriter, producer, belly dancer, and philanthropist. You will not be surprised to know that she has sold more than 125 million albums and singles worldwide. Most of her singles have reached the top spot in Billboard Music charts. According to the media and critics, she has become one of the most successful female singers of all time. Most of her competitors cannot think about achieving this level of fame and success. Here are some details you need to know about her.
Early Life and Bio
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 2, 1977. She lived with her parents in Barranquilla; Colombia. Her fans will be surprised to know that Shakira is an Arabic name. She doesn’t have any siblings that did make her childhood lonely. Her parents are William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado. Her paternal grandparents are originally from Lebanon but they shifted to New York City. She holds a Spanish and Italian background from her mother.
During her childhood, she has attended Catholic schools. His father was married twice so she has eight step brothers and sisters. Her talent was evident since her childhood as she began writing poems. Her first poem La Rosa De Cristal (The Crystal Rose) gained a lot of attention. While growing up she was fascinated by watching her father. He used to write stories on his typewriter and she loved to read them.
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Shakira made her debut in music with the album Magia in 1991. She was only 13 at that time and featured in some other music videos. The album did well on Colombian radio and at such a young age she got a lot of popularity. However, the album couldn’t do well commercially and sold only 1,200 copies worldwide. Her second album is named Peligro that also didn’t get much-needed attention. When she released Spanish albums Pies Descalzos and Donde Estan Los Ladrones it started gaining popularity. Shakira entered into the English-speaking market by releasing Laundry Service. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The album boasts of many interesting singles including Whenever, Wherever and “Underneath Your Clothes.
Shakira has been in an 11 -year relationship with Argentinean attorney Antonio de la Rua. Their relationship is just like a married couple and even after their breakup, they remained friends. When the first relationship got over Shakira fell in love with a Spanish football player Gerard Piqué and they started dating. He is an important player for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. People were surprised to know that he is 10 years younger than her.
Salary Highlights and Net Worth
The total net worth of Shakira happens to be around $300 million. She is handling her singing profession well and has become one of the top artists in the world. Shakira signed a 10 year deal with Live Nation that enhanced her net worth. She easily earned around $12 million for The Voice. She has a huge mansion that was purchased for $11.6 million.