- Birthday1st Jan, 70
- Birth PlaceColombia
- Marital status
Singer, songwriter and one of the greatest artists of all times, Shakira was born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll in Barranquilla, Colombia to a Lebanese father and Colombian mother. The extraordinarily talented singer is eminent for her ambitiously poetic song lyrics, aggressive, rock-influenced approach and hip-shaking belly dance moves. An instant pop sensation, the award-winning singer rose to prominence with her albums “Laundry Service” and “Oral Fixation”.
During her childhood days, Shakira soaked up music from English rock & roll and was a huge admirer of Led Zeppelin and Beatles. She also entered some talent competitions and started learning guitar at home. She even moved to Bogotá to pursue a modeling career, but ended up signing a contract with Sony's Colombian division. Shakira’s debut album “Magia” in 1991, featuring the songs she'd written, didn't break internationally, but brought mixed reviews for the aspiring singer. Her second album “Peligro” was not very successful either, and so Shakira started focusing on high school.
The talented singer rose to international fame and became everyone’s heartthrob with her subsequent releases “Laundry Service” featuring the song “Whenever, Wherever” and Grammy award winning album “Oral Fixation” featuring “Hips Don't Lie”. The award winning singer’s subsequent albums cemented her position as one of the most successful music artist worldwide.
One of the top-earning artists in music industry, Shakira owns a bunch of pricey assets which include her Star Island home, La Colorada farm and an exquisite collection of Mercedes Benz cars. An active philanthropist, the wealthy artist is also a supporter of multiple charities like ONE Campaign, Barefoot foundation, Children's Defense Fund etc.
Family & relationships
Star Island home
The eminent singer owns a Mediterranean-style home in Florida, which she bought for $3.4 million in 2001, during the completion period of her chart topper album Laundry Service. Shakira’s plush home is currently listed in market for $5.9 million.
Location: The pricey property is located in Star Island in the exclusive area of Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Accommodation: Built in a Mediterranean-style, the real estate sits on 6,500-square-foot and features a marvelous mansion comprising of five bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms, a gorgeous swimming pool and personal dock. The beautiful mansion features a brilliant architecture and offers captivating views of Biscayne Bay.
Neighborhood: Eminent celebrities in Miami Beach include Matt Damon and Ricky Martin.
Glorious Biscayne Bay views
La Colorada farm
The celebrated singer owns a mammoth farm “La Colorada” in Punta del Este, Uruguay, where she often spends her vacations. Shakira was spotted in the farms enjoying a quality time with her boyfriend/fiancé, Antonio De La Rua in 2008.
Location: The giant sized farm is located in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Accommodation: La Colorada features beautiful green grounds, ideal for having a brisk walk, just like Shakira enjoyed taking a walk with her adorable boyfriend. The singer is also seen playing tunes on her guitar while walking along the farm’s green ground. Located on the farm, Shakira’s marvelous farm house has been host to numerous parties of the singing star with her friends.
Music in outdoors
Farm house fun
One of the greatest music artists of all time, Shakira is in relation with one of the
best central defenders in the world of football, the Spanish footballer Gerard
Piqué, who currently plays for FC Barcelona. And, Shakira’s romance with Gerard
shows no sign of fizzling out any time soon. The couple tried to keep their
relationship a secret earlier, but now they are advertising their love for each other
by posting pictures on social media networks, and ofcourse by buying a Spanish
house together. Shakira and Gerard met each other while filming clip singer Waka
Location: The large, quiet and isolated Spanish house is located in a high hill at a
reasonable distance from the city center in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona.
Features: The exceptionally large house boasts a lot of rooms, and features a
sturdy security gates, and two large-sized garages and a large balcony decorated
with beautiful looking green plants. From the balcony, two people can watch the
beautiful scenery around.
However, it’s been found that lot of work has to be done to make it a perfect
nest for the romantic couple, as a skip full to the brim was seen coming out of the
garage, meaning a lot of work may have done inside. Also, several workmen were
overlooking the renovation and are no doubt going to ensure that the property is
perfect for the singer and Barcelona footie boyfriend.
Sensational Colombian singer Shakira is one of the few proud owners of a private island, and being a female, she is one of the most exclusive members of the club. She along with Pink Floyd frontman, Roger Waters, have pumped up $16 million to buy this sprawling 700 acre island in Berry Island region.
Location: The Island is snuggled between many other islands, in an area known as the Berry Islands. Located in the north central Bahamas, this not-so-petite island is about 125 miles off the east coast of Florida and boasts three salt pond lakes and five major beaches.
Features: Being one of the principal investors behind the grandiose $485 million resort project on the island, the Latina pop star is hoping to reinvent the concept of tourism by building a set of luxury holiday homes which will also include private beaches and a number of hotels with plans to sell prime seaside property on the island. Arturo Rubinstein, a Miami-based investor involved in the project, has this to say about the project: "It's not about having 200 speedboats and an 18-hole golf course. I would say it is an explosion of the senses. It's a concept more related to art and culture."
Shakira, who is currently dating Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique also intends to build an artists' retreat which will feature a series of artists-in-residence, galleries populated with up-and-comers' works and a program offering semester-long sabbaticals. Lying north of Bahamas, Bonds Cay has five pristine beaches and three bays, along with a number of waterfalls. The beautiful island provides mesmerizing views of the ocean and turquoise water. Great coral reefs, rich fishing area and a well-settled altitude gives the island many strategic advantages and makes it a prize catch.
The Bahamian island
Mercedes Benz S600
Shakira’s Mercedes Benz S600 is an ultimate executive commuter car offering the perfect luxury, style and refinement to the celebrated star. Equipped with a 5.8-liter 36-valve V-12 engine delivering 362-hp and exclusive Distronic intelligent cruise control, Benz S600 offers incredible performance. It provides a smooth, silent, and swift acceleration, reaching 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Built for extreme comfort, the big beast is equipped with four adjustable heated seats, an Alcantara headliner, extra leather and wood trim and quad-zone climate control.
Mercedes Benz S600
Mercedes Benz SL550
The celebrated singer’s Mercedes collection includes a “Mercedes Benz SL550”, a great-looking car making a highly impressive status symbol. Outfitted with an aluminum 5.5-liter V-8 engine delivering 382 hp and 391 lb-ft torque, and a seven-speed automatic transmission, the impressive SL550 features a top speed of 155 mph. The car’s spacious interiors incorporate 12-way adjustable heated seats featuring the exclusive massage function for optimized comfort. It also incorporates a Harman/Kardon sound system with 10 speakers for extreme musical entertainment during travel.
Mercedes Benz GLK
Shakira owns a Mercedes Benz GLK, featuring a classic design and bold and aggressive styling. Benz GLK comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine developing 268 hp and 258 pound-feet torque. The inspiring car features a seven-speed automatic transmission and attains acceleration smoothly from 0-60 mph in just 7.2 seconds. Incorporating a tough structure and layers of technology, GLK offers an impressive ride and smooth handling. The impeccably crafted cabin features eight-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and premium vinyl upholstery for enhancing the ride comfort while the incorporated antilock disc brakes and front-seat side airbags offer optimum safety to the passengers.
Mercedes Benz SLK 250
Shakira owns a Mercedes Benz SLK 250, which was a birthday gift from her boyfriend Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Equipped with a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine delivering 204 hp and 500-newton meter torque, the road beast attains a top speed of 151 mph, tagging it as one of the quickest roadsters. SLK 250 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds and incorporates a majestic interior which is an amalgamation of style, comfort and precision. The seats are equipped with NECK-PRO head restraints which ensure comfort during long journeys.
Mercedes Benz SLK 250
Shakira has a fancy for luxury cars and has been spotted often driving her BMW X6. The luxury car is a beauty to drive and Shakira has taken a fancy for the same. BMW offers a range of models and is available in three petrol and three diesel variants. The sharp dynamics, serene interiors make BMW X6 a dream machine. BMW X6 gives 0 to 962 mph in 7.5 seconds. Bi turbo, 4.4 liter V8 engine is a specialty in BMW X6. The interiors are elegantly done, a reason perfect for Shakira to head on a long drive.
The Colombian pop star was spotted spending vacations with her boyfriend Antonio de la Rua in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Shakira and Antonio also spent some quality time together in their farm in Punta del Este, and were seen playing, and cuddling with their pet dogs in the farm. One of the smallest countries in South America, Uruguay features a huge amount of special attractions and comfy accommodations, making it an ideal holiday hotspot for the rich and famous.
Location: Punta del Este is located in Uruguay, one of the smallest countries in South America.
Accommodation: Punta del Este is eminent for being the most alluring and splendid beach resort areas in South America. It features a range of chic and sophisticated hotels, which ensure a luxurious stay for the visitors. Equipped with state of the art equipments and amenities, the hotel rooms offer world class entertainment for the visitors.
Main Attraction: One of the most celebrated holiday destinations in the world, Punta del Este becomes crowded with tourists from around the world during summers. Considered as the playground of the affluent and famous, it attracts the visitors with its warm sea and a variety of beaches which offer ample place to relax, calm down and take sunbathe. The marvelous holiday hotspot also features several interesting old buildings like “Iglesia Matriz” and museums like “Museo Histórico Nacional” which exhibit a diversity of exceptional objects and artifacts.
Quality time at farm
Shakira has been spotted having a great time with her adorable boyfriend Gerard Piquet spending vacations in Miami, a beautiful city in Florida eminent for its white sand beaches, Art Deco buildings, brilliant hospitality, and numerous shopping sites.
Location: The gorgeous city Miami is located at the southern tip of Florida, USA.
Accommodation: A variety of luxurious accommodations in the form of marvelous hotels and resorts is available for the visitors to have a great stay in Miami. Intercontinental Miami, Mandarin Oriental Miami and Four Seasons Hotel are some of the well-known hotels and resorts in the exhilarating city. The comfy rooms along with the world class services of the hotel staff ensure the finest comfort during stay.
Main Attraction: Miami provides a splendid spot for a truly remarkable holiday, with its intoxicating charisma and grandeur. Pure-white fresh sand beaches spread along long distances offer plenty of outdoor activities like walking, sunbathing, beachcombing and snorkeling. Other major attractions of the incredible city include Art Deco buildings of South beach, incredible shopping locations and numerous sporting events for entertainment. The visitors can enjoy exploring the zoo featuring endangered, exceptional and threatened animals, or can enjoy the soothing effect of rejuvenating spas for absolute relaxation.
Shopping is fun
The eminent pop singer adores spending vacations in the extraordinarily romantic place Paris, as she has been spotted a couple of times in the romantic city of lights. The Columbian singer had a great time with her ex-boyfriend Antonio, back in 2009, while vacationing in Paris. Shakira was recently seen enjoying her summer vacations in the city of lights with her adorable boyfriend Pique, where she also performed for two concerts.
Location: Situated on the river Seine, Paris is the largest city of France.
Accommodation: A variety of luxurious accommodations are available for the visitors in the form of luxury hotels and resorts. The hotel’s comfy rooms incorporate brilliant furnishings and bedding and feature the latest state of the art equipments to ensure a relaxing stay altogether. Prominent hotels in the city of love include Hotel Costes, Hotel Regina, Hôtel du Vieux Marais, Hotel Ritz and Hotel Academie Saint Germain.
Main Attraction: Paris is renowned for its rich history, cultural diversity and a beautiful architecture. One of the major attractions in Paris, the 1050 feet tall “Eiffel Tower” offering breathtaking view of the city, is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. Also known as the Mecca of fashion and design, Paris features some of the internationally renowned boutiques and department stores. The magnificent city of light looks incredible in night making the night life worth capturing and more enjoyable for the visitors. Other major attractions in the marvelous city include 134 museums, 170 theatres, cultural festivals and world famous universities, which attract an enormous 23.5 million visitors yearly.
The Eiffel Tower
Magnificent City of light
Children's Defense Fund
Shakira supports the non-profit organization “Children’s Defense Fund”, which aims at providing a healthy and fair start and then successful passage to adulthood to every child, by the combined efforts of caring families and communities. The child advocacy organization focuses on poor, disabled and minority children to lift them out of poverty, guard them from mistreatment; and ensure that they get proper access to health care, superior education, shelter and food facilities, for a better future. The foundation frames policies and programs to leave no child behind and educates the people about the needs of children.
Habitat For Humanity
An active philanthropist, Shakira supports the charity organization “Habitat For Humanity”, which provides affordable homes to people in different communities. The noble organization considers decent shelter as the basic human right and need and works to build homes and anticipation around the world. Habitat For Humanity seeks support from home owner families, partner organization, donors and volunteers in more than 20 countries for accumulating funds and resources for achieving its goal of constructing affordable homes for the shelter less people.
Shakira stands for the medical campaigning organization “ONE Campaign”, which addresses issues of AIDS, Malaria and severe poverty in the society. Apart from it the noble charity also focuses on providing proper education to children. The association creates public awareness about the disease by running different campaigns and launches effective policies and programs in order to save lives. It also seeks help from political leaders to stand for the smart life saving programs and fight against poverty. ONE Campaign’s dedicated efforts have provided proper AIDS medication facilities, lesser number of Malaria deaths and proper education facility for more children.
The Columbian singer founded, and serves as a member of the US-based non-profit charity “Barefoot Foundation”, which works to attain its universal education mission for all children. Shakira serves the board of the charity to make education universally accessible to every child. The Barefoot Foundation believes that mere education is not enough for the children of they face problems of empty stomachs and busted homes, hence apart from basic education it offers nutritious meals and psychological support services to the needy children and their families. The noble charity currently supports six schools, benefiting about 30,000 vulnerable children by the help of its sustainable and pioneering education programs.
The “Waka Waka” singer has a real affection for furry creatures, that’s the reason why she brought a pair of bunnies, a male bunny whom she named “el machito” and a female bunny named “la hembrita”. Both the pet bunnies are so small in size that Shakira grasps them easily in her hands, to explore the cozy and soft feel of their fur. Apart from the cute rabbits, the Colombian pop star also seems to have an affection for lions as she was spotted cuddling wild sea lions during her visit to a lion park in South Africa.
Shakira has been spotted on numerous occasions sporting Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses, which completely match her iconic status. Manufactured from skilled craftsmanship and extensive authenticity, Ray ban sunglasses feature a distinctive style and unconditional quality. Incorporating supreme quality lens materials, the sunglasses offer excellent vision and adequate protection against ultra violet light.
The celebrated singer has been spotted a couple of times using a Blackberry phone, which exhibits her like for the brands products. Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, a brilliant display screen, supreme quality camera, light weight body design and an unparalleled brand value, Blackberry phone’s are a hot favorite among celebrities.
Jimmy Choo shoes
The pretty singer has been spotted wearing Jimmy Choo shoes, which shows her like for the iconic luxury lifestyle brand. The brand’s shoes are a hot favorite among celebrities on account of their impeccable quality, luxurious style and exquisite detail. Featuring an innovative fashionable design and confident style crafted from exceptional craftsmanship, the brands name is itself synonymous with glamour and luxury.
Shakira seems to be quite fond of Balenciaga bags, as she has been spotted a number of times carrying one with her for celebrity events. One of the priciest designer bags in the planet, Balenciaga bags feature a unique classic design which is available in numerous colors. Featuring a stylish, lightweight and durable composition, the eminent brand's bag has been tagged as the “celebrity bag”, as a number of celebrities admire and carry them.
Shakira’s love for Apple products is evident from the fact that the talented singer is often spotted in the recording studio with her adorable MacBook Air. Powered by the latest Intel Core processor and equipped with a range of practical features like Thunderbolt technology, Flash storage, multi touch track pad and high resolution display, Apple’s light and sleek MacBook Air is a hot favorite among celebrities.