Have you ever wondered how much Vicente Fernandez is worth? Vicente Fernandez was a singer, actor, and film producer from Mexico. Fernandez’s net worth was estimated to be $25 million at the time of his death in December 2021, after a fall at home at the age of 81.
Fernandez was generally recognized as the Idol of Mexico and the heart and soul of the mariachi genre across Latin America and Mexico.
Fernandez earned four Grammy Awards, nine Latin Grammy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards over his career. Meanwhile, he was one of the best-selling Mexican performers of all time, having released over 50 albums and appearing in over 30 films.
Fernandez’s music combines traditional Mexican ranchera music with a mariachi ensemble. His songs often talk about love, sorrow, and heartache. Other Mexican vocalists such as Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete have been likened to him.
In this essay, we’ll talk about his remarkable career and what we may learn from him.
On February 17, 1940, Fernandez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to a rancher and a housewife. Fernandez was influenced by vocalists Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete when he was 6 to 7 years old. He was given a guitar when he was eight years old, which fueled his interest and enthusiasm for music.
He started working on his family’s ranch at an early age, yet he aspired to be a musician. Fernandez’s family was forced to relocate to Tijuana after completing elementary school since it was impossible for them to make ends meet by selling milk from their ranch’s cows.
Fernandez worked as a bricklayer, painter, cabinetmaker, and construction worker to support his family, while his musical skill was recognized by a local club owner who offered him the chance to sing there.
He started working in the city’s bullrings at the age of 12, earning the moniker “El Charro de Huentitán” after the neighborhood of Guadalajara where he was born.
He then worked as a cashier at his Uncle’s restaurant. Not to mention his vocal abilities, he started performing at several neighborhood restaurants and weddings. During this period, he started to play in a variety of mariachi bands.
Beginnings of a Music Career
He became well-known in his community after appearing on the radio show Amanecer Tapato. Fernandez’s career started at the age of 21. On the program ‘La Calandria Musical,’ he had his first television job in 1961. That event inspired him so much that four years later he decided to go to Mexico City to pursue music.
To supplement his income in Mexico City, he worked as a busker and sang on the streets. He worked hard to further his profession and eventually landed his first contract with CBS México. He released many albums, including ‘Soy de Abajo’ and ‘Ni en Defensa Propia.’
Remembering that Fernandez is an actor and singer, and his career was just getting started, he understood how to balance the two. He made his cinematic debut in 1971 with ‘Tacos al Carbón,’ and went on to feature in a number of additional films. He portrayed a typical’macho’ Mexican male in the bulk of his flicks.
Fernandez had a terrific time in the 1970s, when he published his rendition of Fernando Z Maldonado’s song “Volver Volver” in 1978. The song became viral across the Americas. Vincent continued to release songs, and in 1983, he sold over one million copies of his album ’15 Grandes Con el Numero Uno.’
Vicent was doing so well in his profession at this time that he became a worldwide name, notably in America. He was even dubbed the “Mexican Sinatra.” His fame soared, and he proceeded to make albums such as ‘La Mentira.’ His abilities were recognized, as he received 5 Grammy nominations during this decade.