Gerard Pique and Shakira were one of the richest celebrity couples on the planet. Back during Pique’s playing days news broke out about his huge paycheck which earns him $32 million/year making him Barcelona’s highest earner in 2021.
Pique debunked the news himself, though his ex-partner Shakira has earned more than that twice before. In 2018 and 2019, according to Forbes Shakira earned a total of 35 million dollars.
Shakira has won multiple Grammys and has sold more than 125 million copies of her album and singles worldwide. She has rights to about 145 of her songs which earns her more royalties. Her world tours earn her the most money with her most recent El Dorado World Tour in 2018, she reportedly made $76 million.
In 2012, Shakira signed a 30 million three-album deal with Live Nation and Sony. She has also been the judge of the popular reality show “The Voice” twice. Shakira has her own perfume line and long-term endorsement deals with Pepsi and Oral B. She has also appeared in several films which pay a lot too. Shakira owns a massive mansion too in Miami worth $15.9 million.
According to Forbes Colombia
Shakira’s net worth is 400M USD pic.twitter.com/XIZ94MFEyU
— sal-beyonka (@ShakBomba) January 13, 2023
Speaking of net worth, Shakira wasn’t wrong when she said “Rolex to his Casio” as the Colombian singer has a net worth of 400 million dollars compared to Pique’s only 85 million. Her diss track on Pique alone got her more than $2.5 million in earnings.
What was Gerard Pique’s net worth during his playing days?
Gerard Pique retired from professional soccer back in 2022. Barcelona, a few years back, was in deep financial trouble and many players had to take massive cuts to their paychecks. Pique used to earn $271K a week before COVID. But Spanish TV programme Onze said that Pique, Alba and Busquets are the highest earners of FC Barcelona with Pique earning almost $32 million per year.
Pique then went to Twitter and revealed 50% of his earnings, an amount of $2.48 million, earning him a yearly $4.96 million and $92,895 weekly. Pique then wrote, “Characters like this charging public television to defend their friends. Here is 50% of my payroll collected on December 30th. Have some respect for yourself.”
Pique’s net worth during his final playing days was 80 million dollars. Apart from soccer, Pique also has a venture named Kosmos Holding which signed a $3 billion partnership with the International Tennis Federation to rebrand the Davis Cup. Currently, the former defender has a net worth of just over $85 million.
— Q. (@qazisays) July 8, 2020
Pique also owns two Spanish clubs, FC Andorra and Gimnàstic Manresa, and is currently one of the major owners of the seven-a-side football league in Barcelona named King’s League, which is sure to boost his net worth in the following years.
Shakira’s tax evasion case in Spain
News broke out in July of last year that the “Hips don’t lie” artist has been charged with six counts of defrauding the Spanish government between 2012 and 2014 for evading $15.58 million in taxes. Shakira immediately rejected for an out-of-court settlement which proved that she was guilty.
NBC News reported in July 2023 that Shakira was facing yet another case of alleged tax fraud. The report claimed in the complaint that Shakira lied to the Spanish Tax Office about her income taxes and assets in 2018. A court in Barcelona revealed that they are working with prosecutors to explore the potential cases of tax fraud committed by Shakira in 2018.
I’m sorry was Shakira not incarcerated for tax evasion and/or (rightfully) assaulting her cheating partner and his side mistress? https://t.co/ldf6uWW1U3
— Attacking Keebs (@QuenchAid_) September 15, 2023
For the initial tax evasion case a punishment of eight-year prison sentence and a fine of $25.5 million was reported. Spanish authorities state that from 2012 to 2014 she was residing in Spain and should have paid taxes but her legal team argues by saying her full-time residency in Spain began from 2015 onwards.
Shakira’s name was also involved in the “Pandora Papers” scandal which exposed public figures who were connected to offshore assets. Spain has always taken a strong stance regarding tax evasion as they did not let go of even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo so easily. Her ex-partner Pique was even forced to pay $2.24 million to the tax office.