Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish-Filipino singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer. Many consider him the King of Latin Pop. As such, Enrique Iglesias net worth is more than $100 million. He is popular in both Latin and English-language music markets.
His ability to sing in Latin and English languages is what makes him appealing. And that is why he sells records all around the world. So far, he sold more than 130 million records worldwide. Enrique is the son of legendary Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
Born on May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain, Enrique is the third and youngest child of Julio Iglesias and Isabel Preysler. He has two older siblings, Julio Jr and Chabeli. His father’s family is from Galicia and Andalusia, and his father says he has some Jewish and Puerto Rican ancestry.
In the beginning, Enrique lived with his mother, a Filipino television host, Chabeli Iglesias. But in December 1981, his grandfather got kidnaped by the armed Basque group ETA. For their safety, Enrique and his brother Julio went to Miami to live with their father. Julio lived with his girlfriend at the time, Venezuelan model Virginia Sipli.
Enrique got raised and brought up mostly by his nanny Elvira Olivares. He dedicated his first album to her. Iglesias attended the prestigious Gulliver Preparatory School and studied business at the University of Miami.
Initially, he did not want his father to know about his plans to pursue a music career. The reason was Enrique didn’t want the surname to help him. That is why he borrowed money from his family nanny and recorded a demo cassette tape. He recorded one Spanish and two English songs and sent them to his father’s former publicist, Fernan Martinez.
In the beginning, they promoted the song under the stage name Enrique Martinez. They even came up with a backstory about a singer from Guatemala. Enrique signed with Fonovisa Records, and after dropping out of college, he went to Toronto to record his first album.
He released his self-titled debut album on July 12, 1995. The album consisted of soft rock ballads and sold half a million copies in the first week. This was a rare accomplishment for an album recorded in a language other than English. Enrique released 5 singles from the album. Pop Amarte, Trapecista, and No Llores Por Mi topped the Billboard Latin chart. He won a Grammy award for Best Latin Pop Performance.
In 1997 he released his second album Vivir, which continued his stardom. The album put him in the same category with English-language music superstars in sales for the year. He included a cover version of the Yazoo song Only You, translated to Solo en Ti in Spanish. He released three singles from the album, all topping the Latin singles chart.
This time, he earned his first-ever nomination for Favorite Latin Artist. He lost out to his father, and in the following year, he released his third album, Cosa del Amor. This time, Enrique took a more mature musical direction, cementing his statue in the Latin music scene.
In 1999, Enrique tried to make the jump to the English-language music market. And he aced it. He recorded and released his first full CD in English, Enrique. This album contained the popular song Rhythm Divine, as well as the duet with Whitney Houston, Could I Have This Kiss Forever.
His popularity went up and Enrique got an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl XXXIV halftime show alongside Christina Aguilera. In 2001, the Latin star released his second English-language album, Escape. The lead single, Hero, topped the UK chart. This is his biggest commercial success to date.
The next year, he went back to his roots and released his fourth Spanish-language album titled Quizas. It debuted at Number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart.
After that, Enrique could a few years off of music. He returned with Greatest Hits Album in 2010. The same year, he released Euphoria, and then Sex and Love in 2014.
Enrique is not only a successful musician but also a decent actor as well. He starred alongside Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Johnny Deep in Once Upon a Time in Mexico. He also had guest appearances in sitcoms Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother.
Iglesias appeared in commercials for Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Doritos, and Viceroy.
How much money does he make?
So far, Enrique Iglesias sold more than 170 million records. This is a combined number of albums and singles. That makes Enrique one of the best-selling Spanish artists ever. To this day, Enrique scored more than 150 number one songs across all of the Billboard charts.
Enrique Iglesias net worth is more than $100 million. He earned most of his money through album sales. But the Latin star is popular on YouTube as well. He has more than 19 million subscribers, with more than 800 billion views so far.
And he earns a lot of money from touring as well. His Euphoria tour in 2010 ranked 38th in Top World Mid-Year Tours, earning roughly $20 million. At the end of 2011, he earned $30 million with 38 shows and ranked 23rd on the Billboard Top 25 Tours.
In 2017, he and Pitbull embarked on a tour promoting his Sex and Love album. They had 35 concerts, earning just over $40 million from ticket sales alone. They performed for two nights at the Madison Square Garden, earning $2.6 million from sales.
Enrique has a rare congenital condition called situs inversus. Some of his major organs, including the heart, are on the opposite side of the body from normal.
In 2001, he started a relationship with Anna Kournikova, the Russian tennis player. They split in October 2013 but then got back together. Enrique and Anna have a son and a daughter, fraternal twins born on December 16, 2017. On January 30, 2020, they welcomed their third child.
He lives an active lifestyle and loves playing sports. He also loves surfing and swimming in the ocean. The Latin singer is a catholic.
Enrique Iglesias net worth is more than $100 million. As such, he can afford a luxury lifestyle. He lives in a 20,000 square foot home in Miami with his wife and kids.
Charity and Humanitarian organizations
In 2010, Iglesias got included in the project Download to Donate. Run by Music for Relief, the organization helps victims of natural disasters to recover. It got started by Linkin Park in 2005.
In 2013, the singer urged his followers to donate through the American Red Cross to help the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
He supports other charities and projects as well, including the City of Hope, Habitat for Humanity, Live Earth, Special Olympics, The Salvation Army, Save the Children, and more.