He is a celebrated icon in Mexico. He is a songwriter, singer, an actor known for his unique style in the Latin music. Juan Gabriel is considered among the best Mexican music composers and artist of all time. To tap it all, his album ‘Recuredos,’ was reported to be the best-selling album in Mexico during his time. Today, let us learn more about the career, biography and net worth of Juan Gabriel in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
His birth name is Alberto Aguilera Valadez and he was born in Michoacan in the year 1950. He is the youngest son of Rodriguez and Victoria Valadez Rojas who were both farmers. He schooled in the EI Tribunal boarding school for eight years after his father was confined into a psychiatric hospital.
When he was thirteen years of age, he got close with Contreras who was a teacher and lived with him for one year. He started to compose his songs and layer moved to live with his mother where he became interested in a local Methodist denomination. He became active in the choir and even began to clean the church.
Juan Gabriel never married but luckily, he had children whom she fathered with Laura Salas. The names of the children are Ivan Gabriel, Hans Gabriel, Jean Gabriel and Joan Gabriel. After his death, it was discovered that he had another son by the name Luis Alberto Aguilera that stayed in Las Vegas. The mother of the child was called Guadalupe Gonzalez.
In 2005, Gabriel fell from the stage and got injured. He was taken to Texas Medical Center and sustained a fractured neck. Unfortunately, the injury was serious and made him bed ridden for eight months.
Career, Awards & Nominations
He started his professional career after releasing his first album by the name ‘Alma Joven’ which became a hit and was certified as gold. He later recorded his second album called ‘El Alma Joven II.’
He then collaborated with the Vargas de Tecalitlan group to record another album by the name ‘Juan Gabriel con el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan.’ The album has songs like ‘Se Me Olvido Otra Vez.’
Gabriel’s fame grew over a period and his songs became a household name in the whole of Mexico. During his time he managed to record 15 albums and wrote over 1000songs which he also recorded. Most of his songs were about heartbreaks and romantic relationship.
His song ‘Querida’ was one of the hit songs as it stayed at number one for a whole year. Gabriel also ventured into music production and songwriting. This opened an opportunity for him to interact with other renowned Latin artist like Isabela Pantoja and Rocio Durcal. He has also produced albums for other celebrities like Lucha Villa, Paul Anka, Lola Beltran, among others.
Juan Gabriel achieved so much during his time on earth. He was granted the 2002 Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2016; he won the Latin Billboard Music Award for the category of Top Latin Artist.
Net Worth & Earnings
Before death took away the Mexican celebrity Juan Gabriel, he had an estimated net worth valued at $30 million. His fortune comes from the many albums that he released in his career. He sold more than 200,000,000 from the sale of his records and on the other hand, part of his wealth is from the roles he played on the television movies.
Although Juan Gabriel died in 2016 after an accident, he left a legacy that many people admire. He was a person who helped the needy in the community as he contributed a lot to orphans and other needy persons in the society. He will be remembered by many.