How Salma Hayek, the Mexican richer than Queen Elizabeth II, made her fortune

Salma Hayek started acting at the age of 20, in 1986.
Salma Hayek started acting at the age of 20, in 1986.

One of the most successful Mexican women in the United States, and in the world, is the actress, producer, businesswoman and model Salma Hayek. Thanks to her charisma, empathy and talent, Salma has managed to climb little by little to the top in show business.

He was born on September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. In his veins runs the blood of three nations, for he has Lebanese and Spanish grandparents, but he was born in Mexico, where in 1986, from an early age, at the age of 20, he decided to try his luck and audition for a job in the Mexican television emporium that at that time seemed to have no competition some: Televisa.

Although she does not currently work as an actress in television productions, Hayek began her career on the small screen. In Mexico he participated in some soap operas such as A new sunrise, Y Teresa, both of Televisa. Later, in the United States, he participated, with small roles, in different television series, such as Street Justice, Dream on, Nurses.

Subsequently, he made his big screen debut in Mexico, with the film The alley of miracles, which earned a nomination at the Ariel Awards. This movie was written by the writer and journalist Vicente Leñero, and produced by Jorge Fons. After this, Salma Hayek tried her luck in Hollywood cinema.

First, he was given small roles, without much relevance, in not so big productions. She waited for the opportunity, and while she did not give up and devoted herself to studying acting in Los Angeles, California, until the producer Robert Rodríguez invited her to star in the film Desperate, next to the famous Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. Later, he would repeat the cast in the film The Mexican.

He participated in films alongside Antonio Banderas in the 90's.
He participated in films alongside Antonio Banderas in the 90’s.

Little by little, his career was on the rise, and alongside great figures of Hollywood cinema, such as Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney and Danny Trejo, she played a sultry vampire in the tape From Twilight to dawn.

Another of the films in which he stood out, and in which he was the protagonist for the first time, was Only fools fall in love where she plays an educated Mexican woman named Isabel, who becomes pregnant with a wealthy American, played by Matthew perry, who was one of the fashionable actors thanks to the series Friends. After this, more and more roles begin, in films like Breaking up with Russell Crowe; Study 54, where she acts as a dancer and singer; Speed ​​of life , Welcome to Hollywood, The Faculty again with Robert Rodríguez and where she has a role as a nurse. Wild wild west with Will Smith, Traffic, among other.

Without a doubt, the film that took her to the top was in the movie Frida, where he was placed in the role of Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter of the 20th century, who was a partner of the muralist Diego Rivera. This film earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

This last film was produced by his own production house, called Windowsill, where two adaptations of literary works have also been filmed: The colonel has no one to write to him, the Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez; Y In the time of the butterflies, of the Dominican Julia Álvarez.

For the film Frida was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.
For the film Frida was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.

Richer than Queen Elizabeth?

In May 2020, the British magazine The Sunday Times took out a publication of the women with the most money in the world, and ranked Salma at number six, calculating that between her and her husband, the French businessman François-Henri Pinault, accumulated a fortune of more than 8 billion dollars.

This is much more than the heritage of great figures worldwide, including that of the Queen isabel II, who occupies the mole 94, with a fortune of little more 428 million dollars.

The actress married the businessman François-Henri Pinault in 2009. Pinault is one of the richest men in the world, as he owns the company of luxury goods PPR, which owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, French department store Printemps, and music and book chain FNAC.

Salma Hayek as an entrepreneur

Since 2009 she has been married to the businessman François-Henri Pinault. (The Grosby Group)
Since 2009 she has been married to the businessman François-Henri Pinault. (The Grosby Group)

The actress has also been the image for different fashion houses and beauty products, which surely has also earned her a good remuneration. He has worked for brands such as Revlon, Avón, Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, among others.

She also created her own brand of beauty products called Nuance, in which she is the main image and offers everything from creams to perfumes for women.

In addition, Salma is one of the women in entertainment that most supports social causes, such as the defense of children’s rights at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She has also participated in campaigns to combat AIDS and cancer, fight against violence against women, as well as the defense of animal rights.