Top 5 Most Influential People from Spain

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As the third country in the world with the most World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Spain has a very rich culture that is evidenced not only through its breath-taking monuments but also through its people. Many of the most influential and successful people in the world come from Spain, and their achievements and professional reputation can actually confirm it.    

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Here’s the list of the top 5 influential celebrities from Spain:

#1 José Carreras

José Carreras is a Spanish tenor renowned for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. Born in Barcelona, Carreras made his debut at the age of 11 and thus went on to a career that encompassed over 60 roles performed in the world’s most popular opera houses. More specifically, he became famous performing as part of The Three Tenors along with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. In 1988, following his own recovery from leukaemia, he established the Jose Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation.

#2 Penelope Cruz

The Spanish actress and model Penelope Cruz made her acting debut at the age of 16 on TV and her feature film debut the year after in 1992. Success followed after she received Golden Globe and Academy nominations for her roles in the films Volver (2006) and Nine (2009) respectively. Cruz has also modeled for many popular fashion designers such as Mango, Ralph Lauren and L’Oreal and even designed a range of clothes for Mango. Lastly she volunteered in Uganda and India where she had the chance to work with Mother Teresa donating a project’s salary to help fund her mission. 

#3 Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal, the Spanish professional tennis player is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time after completing the career Grand Slam by the age of 24. Essentially Nadal managed to break the record becoming the youngest in history to achieve the accomplishment.  Hence, he has been nicknamed ‘The King of Clay’ as reference to the finest clay court player in history.

#4 Antonio Banderas

The Spanish actor, director and producer Antonio Banderas became famous after he appeared in a series of high-profile Hollywood movies including Assassins, Evita, The Mask of Zorro and Spy Kids. Apart from being a successful actor, Banderas has been working with fragrance and beauty multinational company Puig and has managed to become one of the most successful representatives of the brand.

#5 Enrique Iglesias 

The well-known Spanish singer and songwriter Enrique Iglesias who is regarded as the ‘King of Latin Pop’ and ‘The King of Dance’, began his career in 1990s with Fonovisa record label which helped him become one of the biggest stars in Latin America. Having sold 120 million records worldwide Iglesias managed to win numerous Grammy Awards at a very young age.

If you want to be successful, take these top 5 famous personalities from Spain as an example and set your own career and life goals to conquer your dreams!