Shakira is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and actress. She might be the best known for her worldwide popular songs like Hips Don’t Life; Whenever, Whenever; Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), and many other. Let’s learn more about her life, career, and earnings.
On 2nd February, 1977, in Barranwuilla, Colombia, William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado welcomed their daughter Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll into this world. The name Shakira is Arabic for grateful. She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools. She has eight half-siblings from her father’s previous marriage.
At the age of four, Shakira wrote her first poem named La Rosa De Cristal/The Crystal Rose. Three years later, her parents gifted her a typewriter for Christmas, so she continued writing poetry. Her song Tus gafas oscuras/Your dark glasses was inspired by the dark glasses her father wore to hide his grief after his son, Shakira’s half-brother, was killed in a motorcycle accident. At the age of four, Shakira first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music which is typically accompanied by belly dancing, and she started dancing on a table in a local Middle Eastern restaurant her father took her to. That is when she realized that she wanted to become a performer.
In the second grade, her music teacher told her that she sounded like a goat, but luckily that didn’t stop her. Between ages of 10 and 13, Shakira met local theater producer Monica Ariza who tried to help with her career. Ariza convinced Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas to hold an audition for Shakira. Vargas set up an audition in Bogota, where Shakira pefrormed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be singned to record three albums.
In 1991, Shakira’s debut album Magia was released. At that time she was only 13 years old. Unfortunatelly, the album wasn’t successful. In 1993, Shakira was invited to peform at Chile’s Vina Del Mar International Song Festival. Her ballad Eres (You Are) earned her the trophy for third place at the festival. Same year, her second studio album, Peligro, was released, who’s destiny was similar to Magia’s. At that time, she decided to graduate from high school, since her singing career wasn’t going well.
Her third album, Pies Descalzos, released in 1995, was a commercial success. So far, she released 11 studio albums, including Donde Estan Los Ladrones (1998), Laundry Service (2001), Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 (2005), Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), She Wolf (2009), Sale El Sol (2010), Shakira (2014), and El Dorado (2017).
She was a judge on seasons 4 and 6 of The Voice in 2013 and 2014. She was also a voice actor in the Disney animated movie Zootopia. During Super Bowl Half Time Show in 2020, she performed with J. Lo.
From 2000 to 2010, Shakira was in a relationship with an Argentine lawyer Antonio de la Rua. Since 2011, she has been in a relationship with a Spanish professional footballer Gerard Pique. The couple share two sons, Milan and Sasha.
Shakira’s net worth is estimated up to $300 million.