Salma Hayek is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable Latinas, always proudly and joyfully embracing her culture. Originally from the Mexican state of Veracruz, the actress began her career in Mexican soap operas before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in movies.
The Mexican-American actor rose to attention after her outstanding performance as Frida Kahlo in the biopic “Frida,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003. (via IMDb). Among her credits are the cartoon picture “Puss in Boots,” the sitcom “30 Rock,” and, most recently, the biographical “House of Gucci.”
Hayek is an outspoken supporter of women’s rights and fair representation in cinema. She pushed for her character to be a lady going through menopause in her most recent film, “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” in order to demystify this time of life. Hayek said in an episode of Red Table Talk, “You can kick a** at any age.” “You may be independent at any age, fantasize at any age, and be amorous at any age. We have the right to be appreciated for who we are in our current location.”
Beginnings in Life and Work
Salma Hayek Pinault, also known as Salma Hayek, was born on September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Sami Hayek Domnguez, her father, is a Mexican oil executive and the owner of an industrial equipment company. He also ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos in the past. He is a Mexican-Lebanese who was born in Lebanon. Diana Jiménez Medina, her mother, is an opera singer and scout. She was born in Spain and is of Spanish ancestry.
Hayek was raised in a wealthy and devout Roman Catholic family with her younger brother, Sami. Her family enrolled her at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, when she was 12 years old. She went on to study international relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana.
Hayek was cast as the lead in the Mexican telenovela “Teresa” when she was only 23 years old. She rose to fame and became a household name in Mexico thanks to the series. With a leading role in the film “El Callejón de Los Milagros (Miracle Alley),” she maintained her fame (1994). It’s the most-awarded film in Mexican cinema history, and Hayek was nominated for an Ariel Award.
Salma Hayek’s husband: Francois Henri-Pinault
Salma Hayek married Francois Henri-Pinault, a French billionaire who is currently worth $7 billion, in 2009. Valentina Paloma Pinault is their daughter. Kering, the luxury goods conglomerate, is owned by the Pinault family. Kering is the parent company of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Puma, Volcom, Brioni, and other luxury brands.
Salma Hayek’s Net Worth: Staggering, even without her rich spouse
Hayek is one of Hollywood’s most well-paid and wealthy performers. Her net worth is reported to be in the neighborhood of $200 million, but that figure only tells part of the story when it comes to her lifestyle.
Hayek has been married to Francois Henri Pinault, the CEO of Kering, the company that owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Puma, Volcom, and Brioni, since 2009. Pinault has a net worth of $7 billion, bringing the couple’s total net worth to at least $7.2 billion.
Pinault’s father is worth considerably more billion (almost $50 billion, according to Forbes), so the family could inherit even more money in the future.
Salma Hayek’s 3 Ways to Make a Million
1. Movies and television
2. Modeling & Publicity
3. Business Activities
Activism and charitable work
Hayek has spent a lot of time advocating for the abolition of violence against women. She spoke in support of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary in July 2005.
She then gave $25,000 to a battered women’s shelter in her birthplace of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and $50,000 to anti-domestic abuse organizations in Monterrey, Mexico, in February 2006. Hayak collaborated on a Gucci campaign called “Chime for Change” with Beyoncé and Frida Giannini in 2013, with the goal of disseminating a message of female empowerment. Hayek was nominated for the VH1 Do Something Awards in 2010 for her charitable efforts.