Ruben Blades Net Worth

Ruben Blades Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna net worth is
$15 Million

Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna Wiki Biography

Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna was born on 16 July 1948, in Panama City, Panama, to Anoland Díaz, a Cuban musician and actress, and Colombian athlete and percussionist Rubén Darío Blades, Sr.. He is a Panamanian actor, singer, songwriter, activist and politician, best known for his hit “Pedro Navaja”, and for playing Daniel Salazar in the television series “Fear the Walking Dead”.

So just how wealthy is Rubén Blades? Sources state that Blades’ wealth reaches $15 million, as of early 2017. His fortune has been earned through his career in music, film and television, and through his involvement in politics which all began in the early 1970s.

Ruben Blades Net Worth $15 million

Born into an artistic family, Blades developed a great interest in music during his teenage years, becoming the lead singer of a band called the Saints, formed by his older brother. He later sang with Los Salvajes del Ritmo and served first as a guest singer and then as a songwriter with the professional Latin music conjunto, Bush y sus Magníficos. While studying law at the University of Panama, he continued to be involved in music, making his first trip to the USA in 1974, where he performed and recorded an album entitled “From Panama to New York” with Pete Rodriguez. He then returned to Panama to finish his education, before returning to the States and settling in New York, where he began working in the mailroom of the Latin-oriented record label Fania Records.
Not long after, he began working with the salsa band of Ray Barretto, and later with Willie Colón, a salsa musician, with whom he release a number of albums, achieving enormous success with the 1978 “Siembra”, which became one of the most popular salsa albums ever. It sold over three million copies, with the single “Pedro Navaja” becoming the biggest selling single in the history of salsa, selling over 25 million copies. Blades’ net worth was considerably boosted.

In the early ’80s, Ruben formed his own band called Los Seis del Solar, releasing several albums, including the Grammy Award-winning “Escenas” and “Antecedente”. His wealth grew commensurately, but then he took a break, and in the mid-’80s he obtained his MA from Harward Law School.

The ’90s saw the singer releasing several albums with his band, including the Grammy Award-winning “La Rosa de los Vientos” and “Tiempos”, further expanding his net worth. He went on to release another successful album in 2002, entitled “Mundo”, followed by the 2009 “Cantares del Subdesarrollo”. His most recent album, “Tangos”, came out in 2014, earning Blades another Grammy Award.

Aside from his remarkable music career, Blades has also been involved in the film and television industry. After making his film debut in the 1982 “The Last Fight” playing the lead part of a singer-turned-boxer, he went on to become a co-writer of the independent film “Crossover Dreams”, in which he also starred as a salsa singer striving for mainstream success. He then landed several other film roles during the ’80s, including “Critical Condition” and “Fatal Beauty”.

The ’90s saw him in films like “The Two Jakes”, “Predator 2” and “The Dewil’s Own”. He also gained some stage experience during this time, making his Broadway debut in the musical “The Capeman”, sharing the title role with Marc Anthony. All added to his fortune.

As for the small screen, he played Dr. Max Cabranes in the TV series “Gideon’s Crossing” from 2000 to 2011, and also appeared in films such as “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”, “Safe House” and “The Counselor”. His most recent film part was in the 2016 “Hands of Stone”.

As of 2015, he has been playing Daniel Salazar in the series “Fear the Walking Dead”. He has also written soundtracks for many of the mentioned films, so Blades’ involvement in the film and television industry has significantly improved his net worth.

Aside from showbiz, Blades has been involved in Panamanian politics too, running for the Panamanian presidency as founder and head of the Papa Egoro party in 1994, and becoming minister of tourism in 2004. His political career has been another source of his wealth.

In his private life, Blades married Lisa Lebenzon in 1986, but the couple eventually divorced. He later married American actress and singer Luba Mason in 2006, with whom he has remained ever since.

Full NameRubén Blades
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 16, 1948
Place Of BirthPanama City, Panama
EducationHarvard Law School, Harvard University, University of Panama
SpouseLuba Mason
ChildrenJoseph Verne
ParentsAnoland Diaz, Ruben Dario Blades, Sr.
SiblingsRoberto Blades
AwardsLatin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album, Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album, Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Singer-Songwriter Album, Latin Grammy Award for Be...
NominationsLatin Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Independ...
MoviesHands of Stone, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Milagro Beanfield War, Predator 2, Safe House, Cradle Will Rock, The Devil's Own, The Two Jakes, All the Pretty Horses, Crossover Dreams, Assassination Tango, Mo' Better Blues, Disorganized Crime, Secuestro Express, Imagining Argentina, Critical Condit...
TV ShowsGideon's Crossing, Fear the Walking Dead
1Songs as: "Maestra Vida", "Pedro Navaja", "Desiciones", "Desapariciones", "Tiburón", etc.
2On stage, he wears a hat On interviews wears a bonnet
3Songs about social criticism and daily life
4His maracas painted like flag of Panama
1What good is it to know something, if you don't share what you know?
1Holds degrees in Law from the University of Panama and International Law from Harvard University.
2Blades uses the English pronunciation (rhymes with "glades"), as Ruben's grandfather Reuben Blades was English, a native of St. Lucia.
3The son of a bongo player turned police detective and a mother who taught piano, Blades grew up with music but studied law at the University of Panama. In 1974, at 26, he landed in New York City with just $100 in his pocket and a dream to make it as a singer.
4His grandfather, Reuben Blades, was born on the British island of St. Lucia.
5Was Minister of Tourism in Panama from 2004 until 2009.
6In Predator 2 (1990), he played a character with the last name Archuleta who is killed by the bad guy, and in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), his character avenges the death of a partner with the last name Archuleta.
7He won his first Grammy for the album, "Encenas", and has won 4 more in Latin categories, a Latin Grammy, and one in World Music for the album "Mundo.".
8Ran for President of Panama as founder and head of the Papa Egoro party in 1994. He came in third behind the two leading Panamanian parties. However, he won a respectable 18% of the vote. His party gained enough seats in the Panamanian Legislature to ensure its continuance and a place in national politics, until it was dissolved in 1999.


Fear the Walking Dead2015-2016TV SeriesDaniel Salazar
Hands of Stone2016Carlos Eleta
The Counselor2013Jefe
For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada2012President Calles
Safe House2012Carlos Villar
La siguiente estación2011ShortBenito
Spoken Word2009Cruz-Sr.
Secuestro express2005Carla's Father
Imagining Argentina2003Silvio Ayala
Once Upon a Time in Mexico2003Jorge FBI
The Maldonado Miracle2003TV MovieCruz
Assassination Tango2002Miguel
Resurrection Blvd.2002TV SeriesMartin
Gideon's Crossing2000-2001TV SeriesDr. Max Cabranes
All the Pretty Horses2000Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
Cradle Will Rock1999Diego Rivera
Chinese Box1997Jim
The Devil's Own1997Edwin Diaz
The X-Files1997TV SeriesConrad Lozano
Al compas de un sentimiento1996Singer
Eres mi Canción1996Video shortSinger
Scorpion Spring1995Border Patrolman Sam Zaragosa
Color of Night1994Martinez
A Million to Juan1994Bartender
Life with Mikey1993Angie's Dad (uncredited)
Miracle on Interstate 8801993TV MoviePastor Beruman
The Super1991Marlon (as Ruben Blades)
Crazy from the Heart1991TV MovieErnesto Ontiveros
One Man's War1991TV MoviePerrone
The Josephine Baker Story1991TV MovieCount Giuseppe Pepito Abatino
Heart of the Deal1990
Predator 21990Danny Archuleta (as Ruben Blades)
The Two Jakes1990Mickey Nice
Mo' Better Blues1990Petey
The Lemon Sisters1989C.W
Cinemax Sessions1989TV Series
Disorganized Crime1989Carlos Barrios
Dead Man Out1989TV MovieBen
The Milagro Beanfield War1988Sheriff Bernabe Montoya
Fatal Beauty1987Carl Jimenez (as Ruben Blades)
Critical Condition1987Louis
Crossover Dreams1985Rudy Veloz
The Last Fight1983Andy 'Kid' Clave


Ligia Elena1983Short performer: "Ligia Elena" / writer: "Ligia Elena"
Hands of Stone2016"Plástico" , "Ligia Elena" , "Símbolo" , "Tiburón" / performer: "Champions"
Ride Along 22016writer: "Watch Out For This Bumaye" - as Ruben Blades
Dancing with the Stars2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Los 802013TV Series performer - 1 episode
No me la puc treure del capTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Benvenuti al nord2012writer: "Plastico"
Sugar2008/Iperformer: "Que Bonita Luna"
Banda sonoraTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Memòries de la tele2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
La tele de tu vida2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
El cantante2006writer: "El Cantante"
Spin2003writer: "Improv" - as Ruben Blades
Operación triunfo2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Casa de los babys2003performer: "Un Son Para Ti"
Empire2002performer: "Plastico" / writer: "Plastico"
Dance with Me1998performer: "Patria" / writer: "Patria"
Unplugged1994TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Barcelona1994writer: "Ligia Elena"
Stefano Quantestorie1993performer: "Pedro Navaja" / writer: "Pedro Navaja"
Gladiator1992writer: "Da Me La Fama" - as R. Blades
Do the Right Thing1989lyrics: "Tu y Yo" / music: "Tu y Yo" / performer: "Tu y Yo"
Chances Are1989performer: "NUESTRO ADIOS" / writer: "NUESTRO ADIOS"
True Believer1989performer: "La Marea" / writer: "La Marea"
Oliver & Company1988performer: "Buscando Guyaba" / writer: "Buscando Guyaba"
The Believers1987performer: "El Nacimiento de Ramiro"
Miami ViceTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1987 writer - 2 episodes, 1986 - 1987
Beat Street1984performer: "Tu Cariño Carmen's Theme" / writer: "Tu Cariño Carmen's Theme"
Pedro Navaja1984"Pedro Navaja"


Ruben Blades, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil2014Video
Vivir pedaleando2003Short
A Design for a Life2001Short
Eres mi Canción1996Video short
Gryphon1990TV Movie as Ruben Blades
Q & A1990
Ligia Elena1983Short
When the Mountains Tremble1983Documentary

Music Department

P.O.V.2012TV Series documentary composer - 1 episode
Éste es mi barrio1996TV Series composer - 1 episode


Pedro Navaja1984song "Pedro Navaja"


Talking Dead2015-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Yo soy la Salsa2014Documentary
Paco de Lucía: la búsqueda2014DocumentaryHimself
Ruben Blades, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil2014VideoHimself
Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Miradas 22011TV Series documentaryHimself
Celebrity Habla 22010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Voces2006TV Series documentaryHimself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Predator Goes to Town2005Video shortHimself
En mi país2004TV MovieHimself
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema2002DocumentaryHimself
The Palladium: Where Mambo Was King2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Encuentro2002TV Movie documentary
Lo + plus2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Latido Latino I: señas de identidad2001DocumentaryHimself
Latido Latino II: tiempos mestizos2001DocumentaryHimself
From Son to Salsa1996DocumentaryHimself
Somos un solo pueblo1995TV Movie documentary
The 1995 NCLR Bravo Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration1993TV MovieHimself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Telecupón1991TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Into the Night1991TV SeriesHimself
The Predator 2: International1990Video shortHimself
Pero ¿esto qué es?1989-1990TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Rockambole1989TV Series
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid1986Video documentaryHimself (as Ruben Blades)
Àngel Casas Show1985-1986TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City1985Video shortHimself (uncredited)
The Return of Ruben Blades1985DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1985TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Roots of Rhythm1984TV SeriesHimself
Beats of the Heart: Salsa1979TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

30 minuts2015TV Series documentaryHimself
No me la puc treure del cap2012TV SeriesHimself
Passage to Panama: A Musical Journey2008Video documentaryHimself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHimself
The Hunters and the Hunted: The Making of 'Predator 2'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Biography1999TV Series documentaryCarlos Barrios

Won Awards

2004Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a FilmOnce Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
2001ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actor in a New Television SeriesGideon's Crossing (2000)
1990CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesDead Man Out (1989)

Nominated Awards

2012ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite Movie Actor: Supporting RoleFor Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)
2004Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family SpecialThe Maldonado Miracle (2003)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialCrazy from the Heart (1991)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialThe Josephine Baker Story (1991)
1986Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadCrossover Dreams (1985)

Known for movies

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