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From Rags To Riches… Ranking The 30th Richest Latino Celebrities

Have you ever wonder what is the net worth of some of your favorite Latino celebrities? We’ve compiled some of our favorites for you! One of them even made it into the all-time richest celebrities list!

30. Pedro Pascal

Source: Pedro Pascal. Digital Image. Indian Express. September 1, 2017.

Narcos superstar is the Latino everyone is talking about. Pedro Pascal, born in Chile, rose to fame thanks to his amazing performances as an actor on the hit series Narcos and Game of Thrones. His net worth is around $2 million. Not bad, considering Narcos came out just a couple years ago!

29. Lele Pons

Source: Lele Pons. Digital Image. Trending All Day. April 27, 2017.

Lele Pons was born in Caracas, Venezuela and is just 21 years old! She is one of the biggest social media personalities in the world today and is worth $3 million! Girl also can sing, make sure you check her IG posts for proof!

28. Cardi B

Source: Cardi B. Digital Image. Celebrity Net Worth.

The Dominican descent rapper, who’s been nominated for two BET Awards in the past, is worth around $4 million. Her song “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” reached the highest position on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017.

27. Bella Thorne

Source: Bella Thorne. Digital Image. Celebrity Net Worth.

The 20-year-old actress and singer is worth $5 million. She is Cuban on her father’s side and was born in Florida. If she looks familiar, that’s probably because you remember her as CeCe Jones on Shake it Up.

26. Lupita Nyong’o

Source: Lupita Nyong’o. Digital Image. The Jewellery Editor.

Mexican born actress Lupita Nyong’o is worth around $5 million. She is best known for her role in 12 Years a Slave, a role which led her to win an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.

25. Dascha Polanco

Source: Dascha Polanco. Digital Image. FrostShow. December 19, 2016.

Afro-Latina actress Dascha Polanco is best known for her role as Dayanara Diaz on Orange Is the New Black.  Born in the Dominican Republic, Dascha’s net worth is around $5 million. Check other 25 inspiring Afro Latinos! 

24. J. Balvin

Source: J-Balvin. Digital Image. CMTV.

J. Balvin, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry like Pharrell Williams, Pitbull and recently Beyonce, who remixed his hit “Mi Gente” to support the victims of Puerto Rico. He also collaborated with Justin Bieber on a remix of “Sorry.” His net worth is around $6 million.

23. Camila Cabello

Source: Camila Cabello. Digital Image. Rolling Stone. September 29, 2017.

The former member of Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello is worth around $6 million. Born in Cuba, she used to live in both Cuba and Mexico City before the age of 5. In 2016, she decided to leave the popular group Fifth Harmony to pursue a solo career. Since then, she has worked with Pitbull, J-Balvin and Major Lazer. Her latest single, Havana is currently #2 in the US. Check out the boldest looks from this beautiful Cuban!

22. Diane Guerrero

Source: Diane Guerrero. Digital Image. News UNT.

Born in New Jersey to Colombian parents, Diane Guerrero is best known for her roles as Maritza on OINTB and Lina on Jane The Virgin. She became an advocate for immigration rights after her parents were deported to Colombia at the young age of 14. She is worth around $7 million.

21. Wagner Moura

Source: Wagner Moura. Digital Image. TV Over Mind. July 21, 2017.

Talking about Narcos, Wagner Moura is known for his portrayal of the famous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Not being a native Spanish speaker (he was born and raised in Brazil), Moura had to go back to college to learn Spanish for his role as Escobar. After his outstanding role in Narcos his career took a huge leap. He is now worth $10 million.

20. Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Lin-Manuel Miranda was born in NewYork City. He has strong Puerto Rican roots and is a fluent Spanish speaker. He is best known for his starring role on the Broadway hit Hamilton and is worth around $10 million.

19. Maluma

Source: Maluma . Digital Image. Fuse. April 4, 2017.

Born in Colombia, Maluma (also known as the Pretty Boy), is one of the hottest reggaeton artists in the world right now.  He has worked with other Latino artists throughout his career like Ricky Martin, Shakira and Thalia. At only 23 years old, Maluma’s net worth is around $12 million! Isn’t he a total hottie?? Check out this thirst posts we loved! 

18. Wilmer Valderrama

Source: Wilmer Valderrama. Digital Image. El 19 Digital. May 16, 2016.

Venezuelan and Colombian hottie Wilmer Valderrama, known for his starring role in That 70’s Show is worth around $18 million. He is also known for being in a 6-year relationship with star Demi Lovato.

17. Zoe Saldana

Source: Zoe Saldana. Digital Image. Samaa. March 4, 2016.

Born in New Jersey, with Dominican and Puerto Rican roots, Zoe Saldana’s has had important roles in many of today’s box office sensation movies like Avatar, Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy. Her net worth is around $20 million.

16. John Leguizamo

Source: John Leguizamo. Digital Image. Variety. October 28, 2013.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, John Leguizamo is known for his appearances in several popular TV shows and Broadway! You might remember his voice from his voiceover work as Sid on Ice Age! His net worth is around $25 million. Way to go, John!

15. Demi Lovato

Source: Demi Lovato. Digital Image. Life and Style Mag. March 31, 2017.

Demi Lovato was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1992. She is of Mexican descent on her father’s side and is known for her singing, songwriting and acting skills. Dami has also won multiple awards throughout her career. Her net worth is around $33 million. Not too bad for being only 25 years old!

14. Selena Gomez

Source: Selena Gomez. Digital Image. Celebrity Net Worth.

Selena Gomez was born in Texas, she is best known for her singing and acting career. Oh, and of course, for being in an on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber. Selena’s net worth is $60 million – $200 million less than her boyfriend Justin.

13. Pitbull

Source: Pitbull. Digital Image. Celebrity Net Worth.

Mr. Worldwide is still one of the coolest artists out there. His fame and status led him to perform on one of the biggest stages in the world, opening for the soccer world cup in Brazil! Throughout his career, he’s worked with the biggest celebrities in the industry including Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Christina Aguilera. His net worth is $65 million.

12. Adriana Lima

Source: Adriana Lima. Digital Image. Haute Living. September 28, 2017.

Brazilian and proud of her afro-latino heritage, Adriana Lima, is one of the only two Latinas to make it to the Forbes top 10 list of highest paid models. A Victoria Secret Angel since 1999, Adriana Lima’s net worth is around $75 million. Adri is for sure one of the most famous Latina supermodels ever, if you love her you will probably love our 20 Greatest Latina Supermodels list.

11. Bruno Mars

Source: Bruno Mars. Digital Image. Celebrity Net Worth.

Bruno Mars is a singer-songwriter and producer known for some of his most popular songs, Uptown Funk and Just The Way You Are. He comes from a diverse Hawaiian, Puerto Rican and Filipino background. At only 32 years old, his net worth is around $110 million!

10. Neymar Jr.

Source: Neymar. Digital Image. Football 365. October 11, 2016.

Former FC Barcelona player, who now plays in the PSG, is worth around $140 million! This celebrity became a member of the millionaires club at the tender age of 17, earning around $1.7 million a year, while part of the Brazilian League! Now 25, with his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, he is expected to earn $53 million a year, and this does not even account for his sponsorships. How do you say “Marry Me” in Portuguese?  Wanna learn more about other latino athletes? 

9. Sofia Vergara

Source: Sofia Vergara. Digital Image. Sizzling Superstars.

Sofia Vergara was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. This Colombian bombshell is one of the highest paid actresses on TV! She is best known for her role as Gloria in Modern Family. Making $190,000 per episode, Sofia is worth around $140 million! Get to know her better with these 20 facts!  

8. Christina Aguilera

Source: Christina Aguilera. Digital Image. The Sun. August 16, 2017.

Christina Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York but she has Ecuadorian roots. She also is one of the most popular pop artists of all times! You might also remember her as one of the judges on The Voice. Her many talents, especially her out-of-this-world voice, have made her a net worth of around $160 million. If you are a Xtina fan you’ve got to check her top 25 Music Videos!

7. Shakira

Source: Shakira. Digital Image. Celebrity Net Worth.

Colombian pop star, Shakira, is one of the highest paid Latina artists in the world. She’s also the highest selling Colombian artist of all time! With a net worth of over $300 million, Shaki is also known for her philanthropic work: she has a foundation named Pies Descalzos which provides aid to impoverished children in Colombia. Isn’t she amazing?

6. Lionel Messi

Source: Lionel Messi. Digital Image. Ghana Crusader. November 16, 2017.

FC Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has a net worth of around $340 million! Born in Argentina, he is not only one of the highest paid Latino celebrities ever, but one of the top paid soccer players in the world earning around $44 million a YEAR! Messi is also the founder of the Leo Messi Foundation, which focuses on education and health care causes affecting children. He is also a UNICEF ambassador. Go Lio!

5. Gisele Bundchen

Source: Gisele Bundchen. Digital Image. Forbes.

The Brazilian supermodel known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel is worth around $360 million. This makes her the second highest paid model in the world (she was recently dethroned by Kendall Jenner after remaining in first place for over 15 years)!

4. J.Lo

Source: JLo. Digital Image. Celebrity Net Worth.

The 48-year-old rose to fame after her portrayal as the queen of Tejano Selena. She is not only a talented actress but has made a career out of singing and dancing. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry as evidenced by a big net worth of around $380 million! Don’t get it twisted though, she is still Jenny from the Block. Wanna see her most iconic red carpet looks? 

3. Mariah Carey

Source: Mariah Carey. Digital Image.  Celebrity Net Worth.

Mariah Carey, who is Venezuelan descent, is in the top 25 list across all celebrities (men or women and Latino / non-Latino) with the highest net worth! She is known for being a successful singer and producer. She is worth around $520 million. Woah *tries to do the Mariah Carey whistle and fails.*

2. Salma Hayek Pinault

Source: Salma Hayek Pinault. Digital Image.  Celebrity Net Worth.

The “Frida“ Oscar-nominee star and co-producer may not be the best paid Latina actress in Holywood, earning herself $85 million… but she is certainly the richest actress in Hollywood after marrying her husband of almost a decade François-Henri Pinalut who‘s net worth is about $23.9 billion. Not only is she super rich, but she probably gets the best stuff from Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen for FREE!… Check out her boldest looks!  Also, where can I get a husband like that? 

1. Carlos Slim

Source: Carlos Slim. Digital Image. Independent UK. August 5, 2016.

Alright, he is not technically a celebrity, but businessman Carlos Slim was the richest person in the world from 2010 to 2013.  He is still on the top list of the richest people in the world, with a fortune of around $48.1 billion! We just had to include him.

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

El Charro Negro
Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

El Charro Negro
Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

El Charro Negro
Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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