How much is Salma Hayek worth?
|Net Worth:||$200 Million|
|Date of Birth:||September 2, 1966|
Mainstream audiences first fell for Salma when she took it all off for Desperado. Since then, this Mexicana has appeared in films like Frida and made home audiences laugh with recurring spots on Ugly Betty and 30 Rock.
Who Is Salma Hayek
Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault might be a hell of a name but this scorching, sexy Latina has certainly lived up to it. Born in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico to operasinger Diana Jiménez Medina and big oil exec Sami Hayek Dominguez, Salma set her sights on an acting career at the ripe age of five after seeing the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
American-Mexican actress Salma Hayek has a net worth of $200 million dollars, as of 2021. Which makes her one of the richest actresses in the world, not to mention her husband François-Henri Pinault is worth a cool $30 Billion (so we can say they do OK…)
Launching a career in her native Mexico, Salma landed a leading role in the very popular telenovela Teresa. Quickly becoming a household name, it wasn’t long until she wanted to blast into the Hollywood scene. However, her emerging U.S. career was crippled by one of the cruel realities for Latina actresses: typecasting.
Living from bit role to bit role, Hayek was disenchanted but caught a lucky break when she caught the eye of producer Elizabeth Avellan and her husband, director Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez cast her as a leading lady, opposite Antonio Banderas, in Desperado and her fledgling career got a notable boost. She went on to garner roles in high-profile films including From Dusk Till Dawn, Dogma, and Wild Wild West with Will Smith.
In 2002, after a six-year struggle, the determined star made her dream role into a reality when she brought the film Frida into fruition. Playing the title role, she landed herself in an incredibly exclusive club: one of only three Mexican actresses to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Pulling The Strings
Hayek also has an active career behind the camera. She was an executive producer on the hit TV series Ugly Betty and started her own production company with MGM, the Latino-focused Ventanarosa.
Her sultry sex appeal is widely recognized, having been included on almost every ‘Sexiest’ and ‘Most Beautiful’ list in big-name publications ranging from Maxim to People.
However, her talent and looks make up only a portion of this hot shot’s resume. Hayek is well-known for her charity work and is a vocal advocate for women’s rights and ending discrimination against immigrants. When not filming blockbuster hits, Hayek has traveled to Sierra Leone with UNICEF and testified on behalf of the Violence Against Women Act in front of the U.S. Senate. She sits on the board for V-Day, an organization dedicated to stopping violence against women and using media and the arts to help people become more “vagina-friendly.” She is also a Youth/AIDS ambassador and an advocate for breastfeeding. She got a lot of publicity and mixed-opinions when she breast-fed a hungry baby while on a fact-finding mission in Sierra Leone.
She has received many awards acknowledging her advocacy work and intelligence including Entertainment Weekly‘s 25 Smartest People in Hollywood, Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year Award, Time magazine’s 25 Most Influential Hispanics and VH1’s Do Something Awards.
She has had a handful of high profile romances with the likes of Edward Norton and Josh Lucas but she ultimately decided to tie the knot with businessman and PPR CEO Francois Henri-Pinault. Their off-again, on-again engagement culminated in two weddings: the first ceremony in Paris, France and the second in Venice, Italy. They have one child together, Valentina Paloma, born on September 21 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California.
Defining Quote “I always got more attention than anyone else. If I hadn’t, I would have made sure I did.”