Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, known popularly as Luis Fonsi is a famous Puerto Rican singer and songwriter best known for his chart-topping 2017 single “Despacito”. Fonsi is also an actor and has appeared in a few films in cameo roles and played a prominent role in the 2004 Mexican telenovela “Corazones al límite”, in which he essayed the character of Roy.
Fonsi’s body of work include the studio albums ‘Comenzaré’, ‘Eterno’, ‘Amor Secreto’, ‘Abrazar la vida’, ‘Paso a Paso’, ‘Palabras del Silencio’, ‘Tierra Firme’ and ‘8’. His compilations include ‘Remixes’, ‘Fight the Feeling’, ‘Éxitos 98:06’ and ‘Romances’. He has won several Latin Music awards including 5 Premio Lo Nuestro or Youth Awards and 11 Premios Juventud or “Our Things” Awards.
Early Life and Education
Fonsi was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 15 April 1978 as the oldest child of Delia “Tata” López-Cepero and her husband Alfonso Rodríguez. Fonsi has three younger siblings; brothers Ramon do Salotti and singer Jean Rodríguez and a younger sister named Tatiana Rodríguez.
Fonsi showed an inclination towards music since his early childhood, imitating stars of the famous group ‘Menudp’ and also joined the Children’s Choir at San Juan. He attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, USA where he was a part of the “Big Guys” group, singing at local festivals and school parties. Fonsi received a full music scholarship at Florida State University School in which he enrolled in 1995 and majored in Vocal Performance.
Fonsi made his music debut with the 1998 studio album ‘Comenzaré’, featuring the hit singles “Perdóname”, “Si Tú Quisieras”, “Me Iré” and “Dime Como”. The album reached the number 11 spot on Latin Billboard Charts and became a superhit in Puerto Rico and several Latin American countries. Fonsi’s next album ‘Eterno’ released in 2000 and became an even bigger hit and in the same year, Fonsi sang a duet with singer Christina Aguilera for ‘Mi Reflejo’, her Spanish-language album, while also performing at Rome’s outdoor ceoncert, ‘the Great Jubilee Concert’ with Pope John Paul II in attendance. In 2002, Fonsi participated in the ‘Dream Within a Dream Tour’ by Britney Spears as an opening act. Fonsi’s studio album ‘Abrazar la vida’, featuring the single “¿Quién Te Dijo Eso?” released in 2003 and reached the top spot on Latin Billboard Charts.
Fonsi’s 2005 studio album ‘Paso a Paso’ earned him international recognition with the single “Nada Es Para Siempre” topping various music charts across the world and even receiving a Latin Grammy nomination while his 2008 album ‘Palabras del Silencio’ also topped musical charts. He made it to the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2008 with his single “No Me Doy por Vencido” at number 92 and was also named the “”Latin Pop Song of the Decade”. Fonsi recieved his first Latin Grammy in 2009 in the category “Song of the Year” for “Aquí Estoy Yo” and released his next albums ‘Tierra Firme’ and ‘8’ in 2011 and 2014 respectively. Fonsi became a worldwide sensation with the release of the 2017 single “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee which became a Latin Billboard chart topper and was also remixed in English by Justin Bieber. Both the Latin and English versions of the song topped musical charts and became Youtube’s most viewed video with over three billion views.
Luis Fonsi – Net Worth
Fonsi has an estimated net worth of $18 Million.
Fonsi has been married twice. Fonsi met fellow Puerto Rican Univision artist and actress Adamari López in 2003 and was speculated to be dating her for several years until he cancelled his international tour in 2005 when López was diagnosed of cancer to be by her side. Fonsi travelled with López to Puerto Rico, Miami and Mexico for her treatment. The couple tied the knot in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in 2006 but divorced four years later in 2010.
Fonsi then entered into a relationship with Spanish model Águeda López with whom he had a daughter named Mikaela, born in December 2011. The couple married in 2014 and became parents for a second time in 2016 with the birth of their son Rocco.
Luis Fonsi – Earnings from Despacito
His video channel has earned an estimated $12 to $16 million, primarily from Despacito, on an average. He also earns from ‘Despacito’ on Spotify, Apple and other streaming channels, not withstanding live performances and merchandizing tie-ups.