Who is She?
Shakira is a globally famous singer, songwriter and dancer from Columbia. She is the best-selling artist in South America, and one of the best-selling artists ever, with over 125 million records and 70 million albums sold worldwide. Her most popular songs are “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Whenever, wherever”, Waka Waka, “Can’t Remember to Forget You”, and many, many others.
— Shakira (@shakira) March 21, 2019
Shakira is also famous for being a philanthropist and is very active with many charities through Pies Descalzos Foundation. Previous USA President Barrack Obama appointed her as an advisor to the commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In 2017, she was featured on the list of World’s greatest leaders. Read along to learn more about her life, career, and net worth.
Biography and Wiki
She was born as Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the only daughter of Nidia Ripoll Torrado and William Mebarak Chadid. In Arabic language, her name means “grateful”. Her parents raised her as a Catholic, and she attended Catholic schools. While growing up, she wrote poems. When she was 4 years old, she wrote “La Rosa De Cristal/The Crystal Rose”. Young Shakira also started belly dancing at that age, and would teach other girls how to do it.
Personal Life and Relationships
Since 2000 to 2010, Shakira was in a relationship with a lawyer from Argentina, Antonio de la Rua. Since 2011, she has been married with a Catalan-born Spanish football player of FC Barcelona, Gerard Pique. The pair have two young sons together, Sasha Pique Mebarak, born in 2013, and Milan Pique Mebarak, born in 2015. Pique is exactly ten years younger than she is, as they have the same birthday. They first met in the spring of 2010, when he appeared in the music video for her famous “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Shakira’s nickname is Shaki, and she is fluent in Spanish, English, Italian, Arabic and Portuguese.
She does not drink, smoke, nor consume coffee.
Her career in music started when he passed the audition of Sony Columbia. The executives gave her a record deal to make three albums. The debut album was “Magia”, released in 1991 when she was 13. It was a big failure however, and so was her second album in 1993, titled “Peligro”. The third album “Pies Descalzos” was a big commercial success when it appeared in 1995, and it received praise and good reviews from critics and fans. Her breakthrough came, as the album was one of the best-selling ones in South America, and the 23rd best-selling in America. It sold more than 5 million copies.
— Shakira (@shakira) February 15, 2019
In 1998, “Donde Estan Los Ladrones?” was released, which has sold more than 10 million copies since then. “Laundry Service” came three years later in 2001, and hit the number three spot on charts. It has sold more than 13 million copies since then. Since 2005, “Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1” sold 4 million copies, while the second volume from the same year sold 8 million copies. These are extraordinary numbers.
Shakira’s eighth studio album appeared in 2009, called “She Wolf”. As of today, more than 2 million copies were sold worldwide. “Sale el Sol” came in 2010, and has 4 million copies sold globally. Her next two albums achieved limited sales when compared to the rest, but they feature some great hits. “Shakira” is her 10th album, and was released in 2014. It sold around 500,000 copies worldwide. In 2017, she released “El Dorado”, which topped multiple charts in different countries.
Except her extraordinary music career, Shakira also did acting, both on film and TV. Some of her work includes “Taina” (2002), “7 Divas” (2005), “Wizards od Waverly Place” (2010), “The Voice” (2013), “A Day with Shakira” (2011), and “Zootopia” (2016).
Awards and Achievements
~ Shak has been nominated for Latin Song of the Year at the 2019 #iHeartAwards, for Clandestino with @maluma!
~ Shak ha sido nominada en la categoría de “Latin Song Of The Year” en los @iHeartRadio awards de este año por la canción de #Clandestino con Maluma!
— Shakira (@shakira) January 11, 2019
Shakira is the highest selling Columbian artist of all time. During her long career, she was nominated for 600 awards, and won a staggering 420. The most important include 5 American Music Awards, 6 Guinness World Records, 3 Grammy Awards, 11 Latin Grammy Awards, 39 Billboard Latin Awards, and 4 MTV Video Music Awards.
Net Worth and Earnings
As of this year, Shakira has an estimated net worth of around $350 million. Her successful music career is the main source for her immense wealth, mostly record and album sales. Acting, music tours and commercials like the ones for Pepsi are some of her other endeavors.