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Still scoring! Inside Julio Iglesias’s enviable life – including €700m fortune, Marbella mansion and private islands – as the King of Latin turns 80



JULIO Iglesias was recorded celebrating his 80th birthday at his jaw-dropping mansion near Marbella late last month. 

The video was a rare insight into the life of the iconic singer, who has endeavoured to live out his golden years away from public view. 


After all, after selling more than 150 million records worldwide – and in 14 different languages – the ‘King of Latin’ arguably deserves a break. 

The ‘Begin The Beguine’ singer was gifted a video which featured personal messages of congratulations from some of the world’s biggest stars – including King Felipe of Spain. 

Tennis ace Rafael Nadal and former PM Jose Aznar were among the other 450 celebrities to wish Julio a happy birthday – in a clip that took his team six months to create. 


They branded him ‘the greatest Latin star in history’, and they weren’t wrong. Here the Olive Press unpacks everything you need to know about the legend. 

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Julio Iglesias

Football career 

Before reaching international fame as a sensual singer, Julio had hopes of being a football player and even a diplomat. 

At just 19 years old, he made his debut as a goalkeeper with the Real Madrid first team in 1962, sharing the locker room with icons such as Velázquez, Ramón Moreno Grosso, De Felipe, Luís Costa, Espejo and Hernández. 

He was also very close to finishing his law degree when he and his friends were involved in a car crash on the eve of his 20th birthday – leaving him almost paralysed for a year and a half. 

However while recovering, his nurse Eladio Madaleno gifted him a guitar as a therapy exercise and to ‘kill the time’, and well, the rest is history. 


Latin lover

Julio has long been dubbed the ‘Latin lover’ for his well-documented affairs with beautiful women, with one myth claiming he has bedded more than 3,000 in his lifetime. 

His first real love was said to be Gwendolyne Bollore, a woman of French origin whom he met during his stint in England in 1970. 

Gwendolyne was born into a rich family and it was, by all accounts, love at first sight, with the young woman even inspiring one of his biggest hits – Nathalie. 

However their love affair ended after a few months when Julio met Isabel Preysler, a stunning and distinguished young Filipina woman who he met by chance at a party. 

miranda rijnsburger and julio iglesias
Julio Iglesias and his now wife Miranda Rijnsburger

They would have three children together before separating in 1976 (one of them being future sex symbol and pop star Enrique Iglesias). 

He was also tied to Venezuelan model Virginia Sipl, aka Miss Amazonas 1975, who came fourth in that same year’s Miss Venezuela pageant. 

Their tryst lasted for five years, and she was holed up in his mansion on Indian Creek island in the States – where multiple women spent time. 

A string of other lovers, including Yolanda Hadid, ensued until he met his current wife Miranda Rijnsburger in 1990.

Julio had five children with the now 57-year-old Dutch model: Michael, Rodrigo, Guillermo and twins Victoria and Cristina. They finally married in 2010.

The ‘illegitimate’ son 


Maria Edite Santos, a former ballerina from Portugal, hit the headlines when it was claimed she had given birth to Julio’s son, Javier Sanchez Santos. 

For decades, Javier has sought to have the singer recognise him as his child, in a claim that reached the courts of Spain, where a DNA test established a genetic link with 99.9% accuracy.

Javier Sanchez Santos

Despite this, the music legend refuses to confirm his paternity – despite their remarkable likeness. 

In March this year, Javier said he will renounce any inheritance just for his father to acknowledge his lineage. 

In a heartfelt open letter, he said: “I don’t want any money… I would be very happy if a meeting occurred, because we both have the same DNA. There have been many years of suffering and sadness and it is time for this face-to-face dialogue to take place.”

Julio has never responded. 


The estranged son 

When soon-to-be pop icon Enrique Iglesias needed 500 dollars to create his first album in 1995, he asked his nanny to borrow the cash, instead of his father Julio. 

Julio took it personally and the pair have had a tense relationship ever since. 

Enrique’s nanny, Elvira Olivares, had been his faithful companion, taking care of him and his brother Julio José and his older sister Chábeli from a very early age. 

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique once told El Pais: “At the age of 18 I separated from my family completely. And it was difficult. I left and for 10 years I had absolutely no contact with my father.”

The two resumed slight contact when Enrique’s grandfather died. He added: “Many years. I suffered a lot. But what I felt about my music gave me strength. And, above all, I pursued the goal of doing it my way.” There are no signs the two have reconnected, with Enrique renouncing his inheritance of Julio’s €700m-plus fortune. 


The influencer twins

Julio’s twin daughters are thought to have given up their dreams of becoming influencers following a stern telling off from their father. 

Victoria and Cristina launched their careers in 2019, keeping their hundreds of thousands of fans updated on their every move via Instagram and other social media channels. 

They posed for the cover of magazines – including Hola – and hoped to make a business out of their family name. 

The Iglesias twins Christina and Victoria (Credit: Instagram)

However, according to reports, Julio did not approve, and have the pair a strict telling off. 

Rumours in the US claimed he even threatened to remove them from his will. 


Safe to say, the pair quickly took note and have not posted on social media for over a year, and are very rarely pictured in the press. 

English connection 

When Julio recovered from his near fatal car accident, and after perfecting the guitar, he travelled to England to study English. 

To earn money, he would perform at pubs, singing the biggest hits of the day, including Tom Jones and The Beatles. 



Julio has pushed out an incredible 80 albums over his career, which has seen him become a household name around the world and one of the richest artists ever, with a staggering net worth of more than €700million. 

He owns bottles of wine worth €15,000 and a mind-bending 700 private islands and multiple farms. 

His property portfolio includes a 450-hectare estate in Ojen, Marbella, which cost a whopping €18million. It features his famous ‘Cuatro Lunas’ mansion, complete with 12 bedrooms (five for staff), a recording studio, eight bathrooms, two helipads and three swimming pools. 

He has also made his investments in the US, and owns, along with millionaire Jaime Gilinski, a large part of Indian Creek island off the coast of Florida, featuring 200m of private beaches. He has also invested in a five-star hotel and 262 luxury homes in Spain. 

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ROYAL VISIT: Princess Anne and Theresa May charm Gibraltar with their personal and political experience



ANNE, Princess Royal and former UK Prime Minister Theresa May were in and around Gibraltar on Saturday for the international literary festival.

Anne, brother of King Charles III, visited the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, unveiled a plaque at the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Association and another at Bassadone Motors.


Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and governor Sir David Steel accompanied her around Gibraltar during her brief stay.

Picardo also met Theresa May before she spoke at the Gibraltar International Literary Festival.

She then talked about her book ‘The Abuse of Power: Confronting Injustice in Public Life’ to a packed audience at the John Mackintosh Hall.


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BREAKING: Benidorm legend Sticky Vicky dead at 80: Tributes pour in for X-rated performer loved by British tourists 



LEGENDARY Benidorm performer, Sticky Vicky, died on Wednesday at the age of 80, her daughter has announced on social media.

The Tenerife-born entertainer became famous for her vaginal magic shows in the resort and retired in 2015.


She had been unwell for some time.

Victoria María Araguess Gadea was also known as Vicky Leyton and never married, but had one son- Eduardo Romero Aragues- and one daughter, Maria Gadea Aragues.

María, who saw her mother’s show for the first time at the age 13, later decided to follow in her footsteps


She posted news of her mother’s death on Facebook, saying: “I regret these words, my mother Sticky Vicky passed away today at 6 in the morning, I can’t believe it.”

“She has gone, surrounded by her family, with all of our love. I thank God for being able to always be by her side, I am left with a broken heart.”

British tourists flocked to see Sticky Vicky’s extreme shows and many have paid tribute following the news.

Responses to Maria’s announcement included: “God bless you and your family your mum put Benidorm on the map when you said Benidorm every one said sticky Vicky what a beautiful woman a true entertainer RIP.”

Another told Maria: “Sending u all love….. saw your mum on my 21st birthday, proper legend in her own lifetime….. May she have the best bed in heaven and rest in eternal peace.”


The El Pais newspaper estimated in 2007 that ‘over six million tourists and many other people had seen her shows’.

Vicky premiered her routine in Barcelona cabarets and was so successful that she performed in northern Spanish cities and many variety theatres abroad.

At the beginning of the 1980s, following her sister’s advice, Leyton moved to Benidorm.

Although she intended to take a break after her career declined, her sister convinced her to perform at a hotel, and her show was so successful that she decided to stay there due partially to its influx of British tourists who loved what she did.

Sticky Vicky would pull several objects from her vagina, including ping-pong balls, eggs, handkerchiefs, sausages, razor blades, and even machetes.


She concluded her act by opening a bottle of beer with her vagina, and pouring it on the stage.

Leyton did not characterise herself or the show as pornographic saying: “To do what I do you must have a lot of delicacy. It is necessary to give it a touch of elegance.”.

Sticky Vicky also appeared on the ITV sit-com Benidorm when she officially opened ‘Mel’s Mobility Shop’.

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Shakira reaches a deal with prosecutors in Spain on the first day of her €14.5million tax fraud trial



POP STAR Shakira has cut a deal with prosecutors at the start of day one of her tax fraud trial in Barcelona on Monday.

The singer, 46, told the presiding judge that she accepted the agreement reached between her lawyers and state prosecutors.


She faced six counts of failing to pay the Spanish government €14.5 million in taxes between 2012 and 2014 when she said she lived mainly abroad.

The deal involves her paying a €7 million fine and a three-year-prison term.

The Columbian star however will not go to jail as she will pay an extra fine of €432,000.


The sentence handed down was ‘final’ and it means that the trial on tax fraud charges will not go ahead.

Shakira entered the Barcelona courthouse at 10.00am and the session lasted barely two minutes as a judge reported that a letter of agreement had been reached.

The singer, who won Latin Grammy awards in Sevilla last Thursday, stepped in front of the microphone to purely speak- saying was aware of the agreement, that she agreed to it, and thanked the court.

The deal means that Shakira was a tax resident between 2012 and 2014, and therefore had to pay her taxes to Spain’s Tax Agency.

Shakira’s long-standing argument was that during period she was a nomad who travelled all over the world giving concerts and that her only visits to Barcelona, of a sporadic nature, were to visit her-then boyfriend Gerard Pique.


The Tax Agency carried out an intense investigation by contacting service providers and professionals who assisted Shakira at that stage, and concluded that she spent more than half of the year in Spain, a necessary condition for a citizen to be considered a tax resident.

The trial was going to feature a parade of witnesses who were going to give an account of the singer’s life at that time, but those details will now be spared any public exposure.

Sources close to Shakira suggested that after resisting previous deal offers, she now wanted to put behind her time Barcelona, which left last year to move to Miami with her two children.

A plea bargain deal had been resisted by her on two previous occasions.

Her tax problems with Spanish authorities are however not consigned to history.


Prosecutors charged Shakira in September for her alleged evasion of €6.7 million in tax on her 2018 income.

They’ve accused her of using an offshore company based in a tax haven as an avoidance measure.


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