|Estimated value:||€12 million|
|Country of origin:||Greece|
|Source of Wealth:||singer|
For decades, Vicky Leandros, who was born in Greece, has been a well-known and popular pop and chanson singer in Greece as well as in Germany and numerous other countries. She began her great career at the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson (Eurovision Song Contest), where she appeared twice for Luxembourg. In 1967 she took fourth place in Vienna with the chanson “L’amour es bleu”, which has meanwhile become an evergreen. In 1972 she took first place in Edinburgh with “Après toi”. At that time, however, she was already very successful internationally.
Vicky Leandros was born Vassiliki Papathanasiou on August 23, 1952 in Paleokastritsa on the Greek island of Corfu. In 1958 she came to Germany with her parents. After her parents divorced in 1961, Vicky grew up with her father Leandros Papathanasiou in Hamburg, who was already a successful singer under the stage name Leo Leandros. She received singing, guitar and ballet lessons and attended high school.
Their first single entitled “Messer, Schere, Gabel, Licht” became a hit in Germany in 1965. In order to gain further international fame, she performed at the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson the following year. She began singing multilingually at an early age and can now proudly look back on hits in Greek, German, French, English, Spanish, Dutch and even Japanese.
Vicky Leandros achieved great success in seven different languages from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. For these successes, she was internationally honored with countless gold and platinum records. She has appeared in numerous television and music programs in Germany, Greece, France, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Latin America and Japan and, with 20 chart positions in the top twenty, is one of the most successful female artists in Germany since the music charts were introduced .
In addition to her singing career, Vicky Leandros was also politically active until 2008. She ran several times for the Greek social democratic party PASOK and in October became Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Culture and International Relations of the city of Piraeus.
With Vicky Leandros’ long and very successful international career, it’s hard to say what her greatest achievements have been. So maybe her entire career is a highlight, be it the fact that she can sing in seven different languages or that her first single became a hit. Be it winning the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson in 1972 or her numerous gold and platinum records, everything Vicky Leandros dares seems to be crowned with success.
In 1972 she was internationally awarded the “Best Selling Artist” prize. In addition to various awards from the music industry, she received the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in 2011 and the German Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon in 2015.
Despite all the success, the famous singer has remained down-to-earth and self-reflective. “I know that I know nothing” is one of her most famous quotes, which she also turned into a song in 2015. Despite her advanced age and life experience, she knows that she too can still learn.
Since her marriage to Enno Freiherr von Ruffin in 1986, she has borne the title Freifrau von Ruffin. The marriage was divorced in 2005. The two daughters Sandra and Milana came from this marriage. Her son Leo is from her first marriage. Since 2013, Vicky Leandros has also been the grandmother of a little boy.
In 2001 and 2006 she was under discussion to become the Senator for Culture in the City of Hamburg. However, she declined both times, preferring to focus on her music career.
Children are particularly close to her heart. She supports various aid projects for children. She is committed to children in Africa as well as to the “A Heart for Children” campaign in Germany. She also supports the “Mentor Foundation”, which works to prevent drug abuse among children and young people. In 2012 she received the “Golden Pea” from the German Center for Fairy Tale Culture for her social commitment.
|Estimated value:||€12 million|