The life singer Shakira is followed by many fans from all over the world, since about 20 years ago, when she was asserting herself in the music charts. Then, when she became the girlfriend of Piqué and mother of Piqué’s children, she became even more popular, and those who might not have heard of her were fascinated to hear her perform the World Cup anthem in South Africa. But who is Shakira and what is her net worth?
What is Shakira’s net worth?
At the time this article is written, the international pop-star Shakira has a net worth of $300 million. She is also a songwriter, belly dancer, philanthropist, and producer. She has sold more than 125 million albums and singles all over the world up until now, transforming her into the highest-selling Colombian singer in history.
The Voice Salary
It was reported that in 2013 Shakira earned $12 million for “The Voice”.
Shakira sold her entire music catalog from her career to the British investment company Hipgnosis Songs Fund, the same company that over time bought the rights to the songs of several famous artists such as Lindsey Buckingham, Barry Manilow, Mark Ronson, Jimmy Lovine Neil Young and the list can go on, for around $100 million, in January 2021.
So, in other words, the artist made the radical decision to sell all 145 songs released throughout her career, among the most famous being “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Whenever, Wherever”, and “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”.
Live National Deal
Shakira signed a 10-year deal with Live National for the sum of $300 million in 2008.
Shakira listed her house in Miami for sale for the amount of $11.6 million, in 2018. The singer tried to sell the villa several times in recent years, but without success. At one point, she even rented it out for $45,000 a month. Her neighbors are Michael Bay, Matt Damon, Alex Rodriguez, Ricky Martin, and Jennifer Lopez.
The mansion owned by Shakira is built in 1951, has 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a fitness room, conference room, billiard room, garage, terrace, pool with spa, bar, and oceanfront, and was bought by Shakira 21 years ago years for $3 million.
Childhood and teenage years
Born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, in Barranquilla, Colombia, on February 2, 1977, she had artistic inclinations from a young age. Her father was Lebanese and her mother Colombian, but the family roots have both Spanish and Italian blood. She is the only daughter of William and Nidia, even though her father has eight more children from a previous marriage.
Shakira wrote her first poem at the age of four and her first song, “Tus gafas ocuras”, at the age of 8. At the age of ten, she already knew how to dance and was preparing to participate in talent contests in her native country.
When asked how his girl came to master the technique of rhythmic movements from the navel so well, her father recalled that at the age of four he took her to an oriental restaurant in Baranquillas, where she heard the sound of a drum used especially in specific Arabic songs, “the Doumbek”, for the first time. Delighted, Shakira climbed on the table and started dancing, at which point William realized that she would be a successful artist.
During school, her classmates nicknamed her the “belly dancer”, because every Friday she would come and show them a new choreography. In addition, she always sang to both the teachers and the nuns from the Catholic schools where she studied, even though she was rejected from the choir on the grounds that she has a too pronounced vibrato and that “she sounds like a goat when she opens her mouth”.
Shakira started her professional career at the age of 13. After releasing two commercially unsuccessful albums, “Magia” and “Peligro”, in 1996 she released her first hit “Donde Estas Corazon?”. The third studio album “Pies Descalzos” brought the singer Shakira great popularity in Latin America, and songs like “Estoy Aqui” or “Pies Descalzos, Suenos Blancos” reached the top of the music charts. The album, which shaped her blend of Latin, Arabic, and rock influences, sold over three million copies worldwide.
The next release, “Dónde Están los Ladrones?” (1998), was even more successful worldwide and earned the singer Shakira two Latin Grammy Awards. Songs like “Ciega, Sordomuda”, “Tú” and the Arabic-flavored “Ojos Así” paved the way for her explosion in the American music market.
After hiring Emilio Estefan as her manager and producer, Shakira dyed her hair blonde to enhance her looks. She moved to Miami and recorded her first English-language album, “Laundry Service”, in 2001.
The album was a huge international success, entering the US pop charts at number three and selling over 200,000 copies in its first week. The platinum-winning album spawned the hits “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes.”
The Spanish-language “Fijación Oral vol.1” earned her a second Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album, and the English-language “Oral Fixation vol.2” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The main track of this second album, “Hips Don’t Lie” featuring Wyclef Jean proved to be one of the most played songs in the history of pop radio.
Shakira has won numerous awards and honors in her career, including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards, seven NRJ Music Awards, and two international dance music. She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2011.
Shakira began a romantic relationship with Argentinian lawyer Antonio de la Rúa in 2000. The couple split in 2011 amid a $250 million legal dispute. In 2013, De la Rúa filed a lawsuit in California seeking $100 million in damages from the singer.
Shakira started a relationship with Spanish soccer star FC Barcelona striker Gerard Piqué in 2011. Together they have two children, two boys, Milan Piqué i Mebarak and Sasha Piqué i Mebarak. However, they split up in June of 2022.
Recently, rumors appeared in the Spanish press that Shakira (45 years old) would have rebuilt her life after breaking up with Gerard Pique (35 years old) with Gorka Ezkurdia (24 years old), a surf instructor.
Shakira has proven over the years that she has never forgotten where she came from and has shown generosity to any bitter soul. She performed countless charity concerts and donated the proceeds from many shows to UNICEF and other non-profit organizations. In addition, in 1997 she founded the Pies Descalzos charity foundation in Colombia, an organization whose aim is to fight poverty and provide easy access to education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.