Ruben Blades is a Panamanian vocalist and performer with a net worth of $15 million. Considered a musical icon in Panama and across Latin American countries, Ruben Blades’ net worth grew from producing a chain of hits afterward appearing in iconic movies. As an expert singer/songwriter, Blades made a substantial contribution to the music industry: his early work comprised a collaboration with Pete Rodriguez, producing hits like Descarga Caliente and De Panama a New York, during the 1970s. Blades additionally worked with numerous award winning artists, including Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow and Willie Colon.
Ruben Blades Net Worth $15 Million Dollars
Blades and Colon went on to produce several albums, including Siembra (1978), which became the best-selling salsa album in history. His breakthrough hit, Pablo Pueblo (1977) after became an unofficial campaign tune of Panama when he ran for president of the country. Whilst producing Grammy-award winning albums from the 1980’s onwards, Blades crossed over to acting, making his debut in the 1982 film, The Last Fight. He also appeared in notable productions, including Mo’ Better Blues and Predator 2. In 2004, he set his career on hold to serve as Panama’s minister of Tourism. He served the position for five years.
July 16, 1948
Panama City, Panama
5' 11¾" (1.82 m)
Actor, Soundtrack, Composer
Harvard Law School, University of Panama, Harvard University, Pedro Navaja, Amor y control, Talento de Televisión
Ruben Dario Blades, Sr., Anoland Diaz, Pedro Navaja, Amor y control, Talento de Televisión
Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album, Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album, Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Singer-Songwriter Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Grammy Award for Best Salsa/Merengue Album, ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a New Television Series, Pedro Navaja, Amor y control, Talento de Televisión
Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor - Supporting Role, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special, Pedro Navaja, Amor y control, Talento de Televisión
Hands of Stone, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Milagro Beanfield War, Predator 2, Safe House, Cradle Will Rock, The Devil's Own, The Two Jakes, All the Pretty Horses, Crossover Dreams, Assassination Tango, Mo' Better Blues, Disorganized Crime, Secuestro Express, Imagining Argentina, Critical Condition, Cristiada, Color of Night, Fatal Beauty, The Counselor, Chinese Box, The Super, The Lemon Sisters, Crazy from the Heart, A Million to Juan, Scorpion Spring, The Josephine Baker Story, The Maldonado Miracle, The Last Fight, One Man's War, Miracle on I-880, Roots of Rhythm, Spoken Word, Spin, Musica Mundial, Original Salsa Kings: Vol. 1
Holds degrees in Law from the University of Panama and International Law from Harvard University.
Blades uses the English pronunciation (rhymes with "glades"), as Ruben's grandfather Reuben Blades was English, a native of St. Lucia.
The son of a bongo player turned police detective and a mother who taught piano, Blades grew up with music but studied law at the University of Panama. In 1974, at 26, he landed in New York City with just $100 in his pocket and a dream to make it as a singer.
His grandfather, Reuben Blades, was born on the British island of St. Lucia.
Was Minister of Tourism in Panama from 2004 until 2009.
In Predator 2 (1990), he played a character with the last name Archuleta who is killed by the bad guy, and in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), his character avenges the death of a partner with the last name Archuleta.
He won his first Grammy for the album, "Encenas", and has won 4 more in Latin categories, a Latin Grammy, and one in World Music for the album "Mundo.".
Ran for President of Panama as founder and head of the Papa Egoro party in 1994. He came in third behind the two leading Panamanian parties. However, he won a respectable 18% of the vote. His party gained enough seats in the Panamanian Legislature to ensure its continuance and a place in national politics, until it was dissolved in 1999.
Songs as: "Maestra Vida", "Pedro Navaja", "Desiciones", "Desapariciones", "Tiburón", etc.
On stage, he wears a hat On interviews wears a bonnet
Songs about social criticism and daily life
His maracas painted like flag of Panama
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