Selena Quintanilla’s Net Worth and Career Highlights

Selena Quintanilla-Perez was an American singer, model, actor, songwriter, fashion designer, and spokesperson. She was known as the ‘Queen of Tejano music,’ and one of the best-selling Latin artists of the 1990s.

Selena released her self-titled debut album on October 17, 1989. The album was produced by ‘EMI Latin Records and was recorded at ‘AMEN studios’ in Texas. The song ‘Sukiyaki’ and the album debuted on the ‘US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart.

Selena Quintanilla is performing a stage.
Christian Serratos stars as singer Selena Quintanilla in “Selena: The Series,” which debuted on Netflix.
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In 1990, she released an album named Ven Conmigo, which included the massively popular song “Baila Esta Cumbia.” After two years, she produced a third album entitled ” Entre a Mi Mundo” in 1992. The album was finally certified 10x platinum and become more popular in Mexico, where Tejano artists were previously viewed with distaste.

Her album ‘Nada Se Compara Contigo’ featured a duet titled ‘Buenos Amigos’ by Selena and Alvaro Torres. The song topped the US Billboard Top Latin Songs chart and increased her airplay on popular radio channels.

Talking about Selena’s Business career, she started a clothing line and opened two boutiques in 1994, Texas. These proved to be seven-figure businesses. In this year, she became the highest-earning Latin musician in the world.

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Selena released her fourth album, “Amor Prohibido,” in 1997. At this point, she had popularized Tejano music with younger generations to a greater extent than any other musician in history. She also started to appear in movies for the first time in the same year.

Let’s discuss Selena Quintanilla’s net worth. According to the celebrity net worth, she is estimated to amass an impressive net wealth of $5 million at the time of her death in 1995. She was a millionaire at that time. Her exact net worth as of now is of a private matter as there is an ongoing court case on the matter. The legal battle is fought between her father, Abraham Quintanilla and her widower, Chris Perez.

Selena Quintanilla’s Married Life With Chris Perez

Selena Quintanilla was married to an American guitarist, songwriter, and author Christopher Gilbert Perez. He was best known as the lead guitarist for the Tejano band Selena y Los Dinos. The couple was performing in the same band.

Selena Quintanilla was married to an American guitarist, songwriter, and author Christopher Gilbert Perez.
Selena Quintanilla and her husband, Christopher Gilbert Perez.
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Perez began having romantic feelings for Selena, despite having a girlfriend. After a trip down to Mexico with the band, the pair expressed their feelings for each other at a Pizza Hut restaurant. Then they started dating and married on April 2, 1992.

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Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, didn’t like Perez. So, he forced them to end their relationship because he felt Perez’s image might damage Selena’s career. But they ignored and continued their relationship. Later, her father accepted them.

Selena Quintanilla’s Early Life and Murder

Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas. She was raised in a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses. When her father opened a Mexican restaurant, Selena and her siblings would often perform to the patrons.

Selena released her self-titled debut album on October 17, 1989. The album was produced by 'EMI Latin Records and was recorded at 'AMEN studios' in Texas. Th song 'Sukiyaki' and the album debuted on the 'US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart.
Selena Quintanilla is performing solo on a stage.
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Singer Selena graduated from the American School of Correspondence. She got enrolled at the Pacific Western University when she was seventeen. She studied business administration.

Selena’s Murder

Selena was murdered by a manager of her boutiques named Yolanda Saldivar. In 1994, Perez hired Yolanda to manage Selena’s boutiques. However, Yolanda didn’t have good management skills.

Selena’s boutiques began to suffer, and her family later found out that Yolanda was running a scam that money from people who were trying to get into Selena’s fan club.

After some time, Yolanda refused to hand over important banking details that Selena needed to file her taxes. Selena asked her to hand over the banking details, and at that point, Yolanda pulled a gun out of her purse. Selena tried to run out of the room, and Yolanda shot her in the lower right shoulder.

Yolanda tried to escape, but the police had arrested her. Selena’s death was deeply distressing for many people in the Latin community. In 1995, Yolanda was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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