|Estimated value:||€600 million|
|Country of origin:||Madrid, Spain|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva, born September 23, 1943 in Madrid, is a Spanish singer who has sold more than 300 million of his records and has become the most commercially successful Hispanic artist.
Julio Iglesias was born on September 23, 1943 in Madrid in the family of the famous gynecologist Julio Iglesias Puga and his wife Maria del Rosario de la Cueva y Perignat. Shortly after the birth of Julio, another boy Carlos appeared in the family. He studied at the Sagrados Corazones School and at St. Paul’s College. Julio played soccer as a goalkeeper for Real Madrid club’s youth team from the age of 16 and planned to become a lawyer after school. But his plans were thwarted on September 22, 1963, when he was in a car accident. Julio was in the hospital for two years. Since his hands were unaffected by the accident, the attending doctor allowed him to play the guitar. Julio also began to compose while in the hospital. After completing treatment, Iglesias graduated from university and went to England to learn English. Julio studied in London and then in Cambridge at the Bell Educational Language School. He then enrolled in Madrid at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando) and completed a degree in opera (tenor).
In 1968 Julio won the “Benidorm International Song Contest” together with the song “La Vida Sigue Igual” ( “Life Continues”). After that, a contract was signed with the Spanish branch of the label “Columbia Records”.
In 1970 he took part in the Eurovision 1970 Song Contest, where he took 4th place with the song “Gwendolyne”.
private and family life
In 1970, Julio met journalist and model Isabel Preisler. He gave her an interview, then he invited her to a concert and in 1971 they got married. The singer has three children from his first marriage: daughter Maria Isabel, son Julio Iglesias Jr. and also the famous son Enrique. In 1979, Isabel filed for divorce.
At the age of 63, the singer and his girlfriend Miranda Rainsburger had their fifth child together. The boy was named Guillermo in honor of his maternal grandfather. It is worth noting that Guillermo is Julio Iglesias’ eighth child. Miranda and Julio have two sons – Miguel Alejandro and Rodrigo – and two twin daughters: Victoria and Cristina, in addition to the newborn Guillermo. At the age of 57, Julio Iglesias became a grandfather, his eldest daughter Maria gave birth to a grandson.
On August 28, 2010, Julio Iglesias announced his marriage to Miranda Rainsburger, a former Dutch model with whom he has been civilly married for 20 years. The wedding took place in the city of Marbella in Andalusia. Only five children, aged three to 13, that the Iglesias couple had in 20 years of marriage, and two witnesses took part.
On July 10, 2019, the Valencia Court of First Instance recognized Julio Iglesias as the biological father of 43-year-old Javier Sanchez.
Career Highlights – Some Facts
During a June 24, 2008 concert in Yekaterinburg, Julio Iglesias stopped singing and told the audience that he could not continue performing the song. It turned out that the singer had a heart attack. Julio Iglesias explained in English, politely and very respectfully to the public, why he had to interrupt his concert and move it from June 24, 2008 to June 26, 2008. The administration of the concert hall translated the singer’s request into Russian, and then officially announced the upcoming concert. It was also noted that those who wished could return their tickets to the concert in time and get their money back. On June 26, 2008, the day of the announced concert, it turned out that around a thousand tickets were given to the public. About 2.5 thousand people took part in the newly announced concert. The artist himself apologized to the audience for the necessary postponement of the concert. Instead of the usual length of the concert of 1 hour 30 minutes, the concert lasted exactly 2 hours.
In September 2009, while on a trip to Israel, Julio Iglesias said his mother was Jewish. He also half-jokingly called himself “a Jew” and implied that he had not undergone circumcision as a child. Giulio Caracas, a character from the Canadian animated series Crazy Heads, is a parody of Julio Iglesias. His hit “When I Saw You” is a cover of Iglesias’ hit Begin the Beguine.
I’ve loved a woman every day for the past 15 years.
Music can make life easier. But the most important thing is education and medical care.
Love is a word easy to sing and hard to live.
|Estimated value:||€600 million|