Top 5 Influential People from Puerto Rico

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How many celebrities do you know from Puerto Rico? Obviously Ricky Martin is one - who doesn’t know Ricky; but there are so many other leading figures from Puerto Rico who have managed to become very famous around the world and lead successful careers.

Check the following to see who made it amongst the top 5 most influential people from Puerto Rico:

#1 Ivan Rodriguez

Ivan Rodriguez is a retired Puerto Rican Major League baseball catcher with the nickname “Pudge”. Throughout his career he played for several professional baseball teams such as Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. In 1999, Rodriguez was awarded the AL MVP Award and has become popular as one of the best defensive catchers of all time.

#2 Ricky Martin

As previously mentioned, Ricky Martin is a Puerto Rican singer, actor and author. Martin began his career at the age of 12 as a member of the pop group Menudo and later continued his solo music career performing Spanish-language songs. He is particularly famous for the song “Livin’ La Vida Loca” which granted him immense success worldwide since it became a song that introduced Latin pop with the US music scene. Martin won six Grammy Awards, eight World Music Awards, ten Billboard Music Awards and eight MTV Music Video Awards whilst performing across the globe.

#3 Jennifer Lopez

The famous actress, fashion designer, dancer, singer and songwriter, Jennifer Lopez began her career in the entertainment industry after gaining her first high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer until she decided she wanted to become an actor. That’s when Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for her role in ‘Out of Sight’. In 1999, she entered into the music industry and managed to reach $55 million on record sales and currently is regarded as the most influential Hispanic performer in the US.   

#4 Roselyn Sánchez

Roselyn Sanchez is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, model, actress and producer. Sanchez is particularly famous for her roles in the series ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Devious Maids’. Also, she appeared in ‘Rush Hour 2’, ‘The Game Plan’ and ‘Act of Valor’ and gained public attention as a dancer and co-host of a TV show. Her popularity arose after winning the international title of Miss American Petite in 1994 and being named on a number of lists as one of the most beautiful women in the world.

#5 Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix is an actor, music video director, producer, musician and social activist. He won a Golden Globe Award after being nominated for five awards and won another three Academy Awards for his roles in ‘Gladiator’, Walk the Line’ and ‘The Master’. Phoenix began his career appearing on TV shows and was credited as Leaf Phoenix while a child actor. Before fame, he and his siblings provided for the family by performing in the street and playing musical instruments.

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