Capital: € 600 million
Age: 76
Born: 9/23/1943
Country of origin: Madrid, Spain
Source of wealth: Singer
Last updated: 2024

Short introduction

Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva, born in Madrid on September 23, 1943, is a Spanish singer who has sold more than 300 million of his records and has become the most commercially successful Hispanic artist.

Early life

Julio Iglesias was born in Madrid on September 23, 1943 in the family of the famous gynecologist Julio Iglesias Puga and his wife Maria del Rosario de la Cueva y Perignat. Shortly after Julio was born, another boy Carlos appeared in the family. He studied at Sagrados Corazones School and St. Paul’s College. From the age of 16, Julio played football as a goalkeeper for the Real Madrid youth team 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 not affected by the accident, the attending doctor allowed him to play the guitar. Julio also began composing in the hospital. After completing the 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 an opera course (tenor).

Music career

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 finished 4th with the song “Gwendolyne”.

Private and family life

In 1970 Julio met the journalist and model Isabel Preisler. He gave her an interview, then invited her to a concert and in 1971 they 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.

The fifth child of the singer and his girlfriend Miranda Rainsburger was born at the age of 63. The boy was named Guillermo in honor of his maternal grandfather. It is worth noting that Guillermo is the eighth child of Julio Iglesias. In addition to the newborn Guillermo, Miranda and Julio have two sons – Miguel Alejandro and Rodrigo – and two twin daughters: Victoria and Cristina. Julio Iglesias became a grandfather at the age of 57, 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 in a civil marriage for 20 years. The wedding took place in the city of Marbella in Andalusia. Only five children between the ages of three and 13 that the Iglesias couple had in 20 years of age 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 concert on June 24, 2008 in Yekaterinburg, Julio Iglesias interrupted his singing and told the audience that he could no longer perform the song. It turned out that the singer had a heart attack. Julio Iglesias politely and respectfully explained to the public in English why he had to interrupt his concert and postpone 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 pointed out that those who wish 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 had been given to the public. Around 2.5 thousand people took part in the newly announced concert. The artist himself apologized to the audience for the need to reschedule the concert. Instead of the usual length of the concert of 1 hour 30 minutes, the concert lasted exactly 2 hours.

In September 2009, Julio Iglesias said during a trip to Israel that his mother was a Jew. He also jokingly called himself “a Jew” and indicated that he had not undergone circumcision as a child. Giulio Caracas, a character from the Canadian cartoon Crazy Heads, is a parody of Julio Iglesias. His hit “When I Saw You” is a cover version of the hit by Iglesias Begin the Beguine.

Famous quotes

I have loved a woman every day for the past 15 years.

Music can make living together easier. But the most important thing is education and medical care.

Love is a word that is easy to sing and difficult to live.

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