Name: “Shakira” Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Born: 2 February 1977
Occupation: Singer, Musician, Dancer, Record producer, Choreographer, Model
Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Columbia, to Nidia Ripoll who is of Italian and Spanish descent, and her father, William Mebarak Chadid, of Lebanese decent. She was the only child of Nidia, but from her father’s first wife she has eight half siblilngs. Shakira began writing at a young age and poetry quickly turned into songs. Her love of dance and music was evident to a local theatrical producer, Monica Ariza, who was determined to help her career. Shakira first auditioned for Sony Columbia and by the age of 14 had her first album out. Although it wasn’t a commercial success, her following eight albums sold over 70 million copies worldwide.
Initially she was only popular in Latin America, but she soon began to conquer the airwaves in the U.S. and abroad. She has been nominated for, and won, many awards such as Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Latin Billboard Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Echo Awards.
Throughout her popularity and success she has always remembered those less fortunate. She provides nutrition and psychological assistance to children at schools which she has built, for those living in remote areas. She is also tied to other charities in different countries and is currently working as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
With her worldwide popularity still going strong, we estimate Shakira’s net worth close to $200,00,000 (GPB 127,695,000).
So how much is $200 million dollars really?
We know how much Shakira loves belly dancing, as she’s always shaking those famous hips of hers. For about $100 per costume, she could buy another 2,000,000 costumes, and that’s a lot of belly dancing. We also know from her videos she likes Mustang GTs. With $200 million she could buy 6,504 of them. But knowing Shakira, she’d just as soon buy some buses to go with those schools.
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