Enrique Iglesias Biography

(Singer-Songwriter and One of the Best-Selling Latin Music Artists)

Birthday: May 8, 1975 (Taurus)

Born In: Madrid, Spain

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler, more popularly known as Enrique Iglesias, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, actor, and one of the best-selling Latin recording artists in the world. His father is a popular Spanish singer but Enrique entered the music industry with the false surname of Martinez as he did not want to use his famous father’s name to advance his own career. He began writing songs at the age of 15 but had to be secretive as his parents did not approve of it. He dropped out of university after the first year to concentrate on music. This turned out to be a masterstroke as his first album itself sold half a million copies in its first week and he became a star overnight. He maintains a very fine balance between his Spanish and English songs, a task his contemporaries could not quite succeed at. To date, he has sold over 137 million records worldwide and has more than 70 No. 1 rankings on the various Billboard charts. Billboard has called him 'The King of Latin Pop' and 'The King of Dance'. He is also known for his charitable activities as he constantly donates and organizes concerts in order to financially help the victims of natural disasters.

Quick Facts

Spanish Celebrities Born In May

Also Known As: Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler

Age: 49 Years, 49 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Anna Kournikova

father: Julio Iglesias

mother: Isabel Preysler

siblings: Ana Boyer, Chabeli Iglesias, Cristina Iglesias, Guillermo Iglesias-Rijnsburger, Julio Iglesias Jr., Miguel Alejandro Iglesias, Rodrigo Iglesias, Tamara Falcó, Victoria Iglesias

Born Country: Spain

Quotes By Enrique Iglesias Pop Singers

Ancestry: Spanish American, American Spanish, Filipino Spanish, Puerto Rican Spanish

Notable Alumni: Gulliver Preparatory School

City: Madrid, Spain

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education: University Of Miami, Gulliver Preparatory School

Childhood & Early Life

Enrique Iglesias was born on May 8, 1975, in Madrid, Spain. His father, Julio Iglesias is a popular Spanish singer and his mother, Isabel Preysler is a well-known Madrid socialite. Enrique’s parents got divorced in 1979 and he went to live with his mother.

He is the youngest of three siblings, the elder ones being his brother Julio and his sister Chabeli.

In 1986, his grandfather Dr. Julio Iglesias Puga was kidnapped by ETA, an armed Basque terrorist group. Fearing for her children’s safety, Isabel sent them to Miami, to live with their father. But due to Julio Sr.'s heavy touring schedule, the family nanny Elvira Olivares took care of them.

Enrique attended the prestigious Gulliver Preparatory School and studied business at the University of Miami.

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In his teenage years, Enrique Iglesias wrote and performed songs at many Miami restaurants with his friends. He did this secretly without the knowledge of his parents.

He did not wish to take advantage of his father's popular surname. So, he borrowed money from his nanny and made a demo tape with one Spanish song and two English ones. He sent this to Fernan Martinez, his father's former publicist, who promoted Enrique under the stage name “Enrique Martinez”.

Pretending to be an unknown singer from Guatemala, he signed a contract with Fonovisa Records in 1995. Soon Enrique dropped out of Miami University to focus on singing alone.

His first album 'Enrique Iglesias' came out in July 1995. Five songs from the album topped the Billboard's Latin charts and it went gold in Portugal in just a week. Although the album was in Spanish, it gave him a huge fan following and many prestigious awards.

His second album 'Vivir' came out in 1997. Three singles (‘Enamorado Por Primera Vez’, ‘Solo en Ti’ and ‘Miente’) from the album topped the Latin charts. He was nominated alongside his father for an American Music Award and his father ended up winning the award.

On his first concert tour, he was backed by Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Joel. As expected, the group played for sold-out audiences in 16 countries.

His third album 'Cosas Del Amor' was released in 1998. The singles ‘Esperanza’ and ‘Nunca Te Olvidare’ topped the Latin singles chart and he pipped Ricky Martin to win the American Music Award in the category of Favorite Latin Artist.

In 1999, he released a single titled ‘Bailamos’ which became a No. 1 hit on the US charts and was featured in the soundtrack of Will Smith’s movie 'Wild Wild West'.

Owing to his popularity, Enrique signed a multi-album deal with Interscope. His fourth album 'Enrique' (2000) was entirely in English and it achieved gold or platinum status in 32 countries. It also featured a duet with Whitney Houston.

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He co-wrote all the songs for his fifth album 'Escape' (2001) and it became a huge hit. Singles like ‘Hero’, ‘Escape’ and ‘Don't Turn Off The Lights’ topped the charts in various countries. A second version of the album with a new version of ‘Maybe’ was also released.

He toured 16 countries and gave 50 sold-out shows for the 'One-Night Stand World Tour'.

His album 'Insomniac' (2007) was so named as it was mostly recorded at night. Some of its popular singles are ‘Push’ (ft Lil Wayne), ‘Ring My Bells’ and ‘Do You Know’.

In 2010, he released the album ‘Euphoria’. It was his first bilingual album and featured the songs ‘Cuando me enamoro’, ‘I Like It’, ‘No Me Digas Que No’, and ‘Everything's Gonna Be Alright’. This album also featured artists like Akon, Nicole Scherzinger, Ludacris, Pitbull, and Sunidhi Chauhan.

He released his tenth studio album ‘Sex and Love’ in March 2014. The reviews for the album were somewhere between positive and mixed. Nevertheless, it debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200 and sold 24,000 copies in its first week.

In September 2021, put out his eleventh studio album titled Final (Vol. 1).’ The album peaked at number 12 on Top Latin Albums and number 2 on the Latin Pop Albums chart.

He ventured into acting with the film 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico’ in 2003 and shared the screen with Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Johnny Depp. He also guest-starred in the TV shows: 'Two and a Half Men' and 'How I Met Your Mother'.

Major Works

His first album 'Enrique Iglesias' sold half a million copies in the first week, a feat rarely achieved by a non-English album. The album went gold in Portugal and five of its singles topped the Billboard's Latin charts.

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His album '95/08 Exitos' debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart. It was certified double platinum in the US and platinum in Russia.

Awards & Achievements

Till now in his career, he has won twenty-three Billboard Music Awards, thirty-six Billboard Latin Music Awards, eight American Music Awards, one Grammy, five Latin Grammys, and ten World Music Awards.

His 2001 album 'Escape' earned him the awards for Best-Selling Pop Male Artist and European Male Artist at the World Music Awards.

In 2002, he received the Most Successful Spanish Artist of the Decade award at Premios Ondas.

He has won 15 Premios Lo Nuestro awards.

Personal Life & Legacy

Enrique Iglesias began dating the beautiful and skilled tennis player Anna Kournikova in 2001. The couple welcomed fraternal twins, a son named Nicholas, and a daughter named Lucy, in 2017. In 2020, they announced the birth of their daughter, Mary.


American rock band Linkin Park's organization Music for Relief started a ‘Download to Donate’ campaign for the 2010 Haiti Earthquake victims. The co-vocalist of the band, Mike Shinoda, released an album 'Download to Donate for Haiti' and Enrique co-produced it.

In 2013, in order to help the Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines, Enrique Iglesias asked his fans to donate money via the American Red Cross.

He has supported a lot of charities including Habitat for Humanity, Help for Heroes, Live Earth, Music for Relief, City of Hope, Special Olympics etc.


Grammy Awards
1997 Best Latin Pop Performance Winner

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