Enrique Iglesias is the sensational Spanish singer-songwriter, record producer and American actor who has been the king of pop music in his time. Not just in English, but Iglesias is a popular name in the Latin music markets as well. The musical star has sold more than 130 million records across the world. Enrique Iglesias’s net worth is roughly $100 million as of 2020.
In this blog, you will get to know all about the singer – his early life, his career, his struggles, his success story and more about it net worth.
Enrique Iglesias’s Net Worth
His Early Years
Enrique Iglesias, originally named Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler, was born on 8 May, 1975 in Madrid, Spain. His father, Julio Iglesias was a famous Spanish singer and mother Isabel Preysler was a famous Madrid Socialite.
After the kidnap of his grandfather, he was sent to live with his father in Miami due to security reasons. As his father was mostly on musical tours, it was Elvira Olivares, Iglesias’s nanny who raised him into an adult and he spent most of his time with her. His first album was dedicated to Elvira.
He went to the reputed Gulliver Private School in Miami. As he grew older into a teenager, Iglesias started walking on his father’s footprints. He gave his first live performance in school at a production of Hello, Dolly! It was after the performance, that made him truly realize his interest in music and he started writing songs and performing them at various restaurants in Miami with his friends. Al this was a secret from his family (parents).
In an interview Iglesias said, “It’s not like I was looking for a record deal then. I did it because I loved it. I never told anyone. For me it was a getaway to sing, one of those things I didn’t want anyone to screw up.”
After completing high school, Enrique went to the University of Miami, where he studied business. However, music never left him and he was often dragged towards the musical field. Soon after a year, he dropped out of college and now you know him as the shining star of the music industry!
As he didn’t want to reach out to producers through his father or using his father’s last name, he created a demo of his work under a new name, Enrique Martinez. He recorded a few songs, one Spanish and some English tunes in a cassette and sent to various producers. It was with the money he borrowed from her nanny that helped Iglesias execute all of this.
It was in 1995 that his hard work paid off and he signed his first record. In the same year, he debuted in his first self-titled album, which was a hit that he barely imagined. Within 7 days, the record went gold in Portugal and sold over 6 million copies across the world.
In 1996, Iglesias got home several accolades, like the Billboard’s ‘Artist of the Year’ & ‘Album of the Year’, 1996 Grammy Award for Best Latin Performer and a couple of American Music Awards. He knew there was no time to look back!
In 1997, Vivir, his follow-up album released, which also went high on the Billboard and sold over 5 million copies. It was with this album that Iglesias got the opportunity of his first world tour. In the year 1999, his career got a breakthrough with the ever-popular song, ‘Bailamos’ (“We Dance”). He released it as a single, which soon topped the U.S. charts. The song was featured in Will Smith’s film Wild Wild West. Iglesias went on making a popular name in the industry with his first all-English record album – ‘Enrique’ in 2000. The album included hit sings like ‘Be With You’ and ‘Rhythm Divine’.
When the entire music industry thought the star has reached his peak of success, Iglesiais came out with the most successful album of his career, Escape in 2001. He co-wrote the album, which had hit numbers like “Maybe”, “Escape”, “Hero” and “Don’t Turn Off The Lights.”
‘Insomniac’, ‘7’, ‘Euphoria’
After the unexpected success of ‘Escape’, Iglesias went on releasing a series of records – ‘7’ in 2003, ‘Insomniac’ in 2007 and ‘Euphoria’ in 2013. ‘Insomnia’ included hit songs like ‘Push’ and the hit singles in ‘Euphoria’ included ‘Ayer’ and ‘I Like It’.
‘Sex and Love’
Iglesias’s next was ‘Sex and Love’ in 2014, in which he collaborated with Pitbull for a song named, ‘I am a Freak’. Another hit track from the album is ‘Bailando’, which topped the chart of Hot Latin Songs. The album turned out to be Enrique’s third album to reach the Top 10 list pf the Billboard 200.
The years following ‘Sex and Love’, Iglesias continued writing songs. This time it was a collaborative effort with various successful artists like Nicky Jam and Wisin. In 2015, he released ‘El Perdon’ with Nicky Jam and in the year 2016, another song, ‘Duele el Corazon’ with Wisin. In the year 2018, The singer came out with his another collaborated song, ‘El Bano’ with Bad Bunny. He also teamed up again with Pitbull to compose ‘Move to Miami.’
Over the years of his success, Enrique achieved international stardom and the surorising part is it’s rivalry with his father’s career. Billboard has even given him the tag of ‘The King of Latin Pop’ and ;The King of Dance.’
Songwriting, acting and producing
In the year 2018, Enrique also worked as a songwriter, that is he wrote songs for various other artists and collaborated with songwriters. He co-wrote ‘Un Nuovo Giorno’ with Guy Chambers. It was the lead single from the first pop album of Andrea Bocell’. Later, it was translated into English – ‘First Day of My Life’, which was recorded by Melanie C of Spice Girl. The song became a massive hit across the parts of Europe and reached the No.#1 spot in several countries.
The singer also co-wrote ‘The Way’, a single for Clay Aiken, the Runner-up of American Idol. Four of his co-written songs that appeared on the UK band ‘The Hollies’ in the 20006 album named, Staying Power. In the year 2010, Idol Allstars, a Swedish Idol Series released a song ‘All I Need Is You.’ The song was c-written by Enrique, Kalle Engstrom, Kristian Lundin and Andreas Carlsson. Iglesias has also written ‘Dance Again’ for Jennifer Lopez, which released in 2012. The song topped on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.
His career as a producer
Iglesias co-produced a couple of off Broadway Musical and shows. The first one was in 2000 – the off Broadway musical named ‘Four Guys Named Jose’, followed by ‘Una Mujer Named Maria.’ The musical was about four Americans possessing Latin heritage, who have interest in music. All four of them meet and plan putting on a show. The show displayed many allusions and references to many contemporary and classic Latin and pop songs. The songs were references to various artists like Selena, Carmen Miranda, Chayanne, Ritchie Valens, Ricky Martin and Enrique.
His career as an actor
Enrique starred alongside Salma Hayek, Antinio Banderas and Johnny Depp in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, a Robert Rodriguez film. He played a gun-wielding Lorenzo. In the year 2007, he made a guest appearance in Two and a Half Men, a TV comedy series. He played a handyman in the episodes.
Later he made another guest appearance in How I Met Your Mother season 3. He played the role of Gael, an Argentinean surfer/guitar player/massage therapist, the love interest of Robin.
He also played an evil Roman emperor in a ad of Pepsi in the year 2004. Iglesias has also appeared in commercials of Doritos, Tommy Hilfiger and Viceroy watches.
His Personal Life
Taking about his personal life, Iglesias has always kept his relationships private. He started dating Anna Kournikova, a well-known Russian tennis star after she appeared in a music video for his album, ‘Escape’ in the year 2001. Even though, they are famous individuals in their respective fields, they successfully managed keeping their relationship under the covers. Fans were always under the suspicion, whether the couple would ever get married.
Not just their romance, but they also kept Anna’s pregnancy a secret. It was only when she gave birth to their twins in 2017 that fans got to know the news. They had their third child in January 2020, which was also under the covers until the couple posted a picture in February on their social media handles.
Tall and good-looking, Iglesias has always set himself away from his father. He has maintained an artistic separation from Julio, who is a famous singer himself. There were rumor circulating that Julio and Enrique are not too close. However, his father has maintained that he is proud of his successful son. “What has happened to him is sensational. Parents hope for great things for their children, but how do you imagine such success?”, Julio said in an interview.
His relationship with Kournikova
As said, Iglesias has always kept his relationship with Anna a secret and the news reports back in February, 2020 informed his fans about their new born. On Feb. 13, the couple shared the good news with their fans through an Instagram post revealing Anna gave birth to a daughter on 30 January, 2020.
Both of them posted a couple of pictures on their Instagram handles with the caption – “My Sunshine.”
The new addition to the Iglesias family was indeed surprising as the fans had no idea about Kournikova’s pregnancy. It was the same situation when Anna gave birth to twins back in December, 2017.
Post the announcement, fans flocked to Anna’s account with an intention to go through old posts and find some evidence related to her pregnancy that they might have missed. However, they couldn’t find much. All they had was one thing – Kournikova stopped posting complete images during the end months of her pregnancy. So no belly pictures to prove the pregnancy!
Again during her second pregnancy, the returned tennis player played a smart hand by posting pre-pregnancy shots as throwback pictures. So, nobody suspected anything! However, as per the report by Hola!, Julio Jose, the ‘Bailamos’ singer’s brother, mistakenly revealed the news in his recent interview as he went on saying. “My brother already has three [children]. He is super happy, with the baby and his music.”
As the coupe has always kept mum about their personal lives, no one has any hint if they will have another kid.
However, the ‘Somebody’s Me’ singer has opened up about how he loves to be a father of his children.
He gushed while on an interview with Vick Hope, British TV host saying, “It feels incredible. It’s one of the best feelings in the world. I wake up in the morning and I’m like, ‘I’m a dad.”
Enrique Iglesias has made several investments into real estate. He owns a mansion in Miami. As per local folklore, he bought the property spanning over an area of 18, 525sq.ft. for $640,000 in 1996. In 1998, he started construction over 6000sq.ft living quarters, dining area, a bar, a kitchen equipped with marble countertops and a wine cellar.
Two stories of the personalized house has a transparent cylindrical elevator that is quite similar to a huge pneumatic tube. The living space of 6381sq.ft includes 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.
100ft of the mansion sits on the bay and it has a large 95ft dock for a yacht or paddle boarding.
Enrique has signed several advertising contracts, like the ones with ‘Viceroy’, ‘Pepsi’ and ‘Azzaro Paris’ and ‘Tommy Hilfiger’ perfumes. With his appearances in the advertisements of these brands, the singer got more famous across the world.
His charity work and humanitarian causes
In the year 2010, Enrique was in the Download to Donate project, which was run by Music for Relief. Music for Relief is an organization that set up by Linkin Park, the popular American rock band. He also co-produced the Download to Donate for Haiti, which was a charity album for 2010 Haiti earthquake, with the co-vocalist of Linkin Park, Mike Shinoda. They promoted the album at several locations and one of the places was Larry King Live, where they even explained the intention of the project.
In 2013, Iglesias requested his fans and followers to donate some money to the American Red Cross in order to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The typhoon struck just after the archipelago was hit by an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude on Richter Scale.
Iglesias has supported Habitat for Humanity, City of Hope, Live Earth, Special Olympics, Dystrophy Association, The Salvation Army and other charitable causes like Hunger Relief and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
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Favorite Quotes from Enrique Iglesias
“Realistically, English is a universal language; it’s the number one language for music and for communicating with the rest of the world.” – Enrique Iglesias
“I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve made mistakes, but thanks to those mistakes, I’ve learned.” – Enrique Iglesias
“One person cannot change the world. But you can become the world for someone. A warm, bright, and peaceful world. If everyone can be such a world to one person, one will become ten people, and then a hundred. The world will be full of happy people then.” – Enrique Iglesias
“There are days that I wake up and I complain, and when I complain I pinch myself and say, ‘that’s for complaining.’ Not many people can do what they really like in life.” – Enrique Iglesias
“I mean, I do consider that my music is pop because I’ve been influenced by pop music my whole life; I grew up in the States and 80s pop music was my biggest influence.” – Enrique Iglesias
Life Lessons from the successful Enrique Iglesias
Now that we have known so much about the singer-songwriter, let us also know some of his secrets of success. He has shared some great life lessons that will help you move towards success in your respective fields to achieve your goals.
Situations come up
You are not the only one knocked down by life, it happens to everyone. When you are all happy thinking everything’s going perfect in your life, as per your plan, something comes up and boom! This happens, distractions occur and we all feel shattered at some point of time. But, never lose hope. Believe in your dreams and get up to fight.
Focus on Your Goal
Success demands a lot of focus. A lot. Remember, good things take time. Keep focusing on your goal. You will reach there!
Stay focused all the time
Try remaining focused all the time. ALL THE TIME. It is very important to stay focused when on the journey of success. You will only achieve your goals when you are focused. As intense is your desire to achieve the goal, the easier it gets to stay focused. Try it. It works!
After all the struggle of hiding his initial music performances from his parents to getting into the music industry and rising to become a star, Enrique Iglesias has experienced everything. He is a down-to-earth man who had the desire to achieve big, without taking the benefit of his famous father, Julio Iglesias.
Today, Enrique Iglesias’s net worth is roughly $100 million and he is still growing better and better with every passing year. He has sold over 137million records worldwide and holds over 70 No.#1 rankings on various Billboard charts. Billboard has even given him the tag of ‘The King of Dance’ and ‘The King of Latin Pop’.