Ruben Blades Net Worth

Rubén Blades is famous for TOP songs. This singer has written many songs about love, life, struggle and everything else that people laugh, nod their head or cry to. Rubén Blades is a Singer from Panamanian. Receiving domestic and worldwide recognition, Rubén Blades can still be labelled a family person due to close relationships with Anoland Diaz, Ruben Dario Blades, Sr., Joseph Verne Roberto Blades unknown. Of course it is hard to divide time between family matters and being an awesome singer, but Rubén Blades manages to do that. But what about money? Does being a singer pays off? Sure thing, because Rubén Blades has a net worth of $15 Million.

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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.

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  • Full Name: Rubén Blades
  • Net Worth: $15 Million
  • Date Of Birth: July 16, 1948
  • Place Of Birth: Panama City, Panama
  • Profession: Singer
  • Education: Harvard Law School, Harvard University, University of Panama
  • Nationality: Panamanian
  • Spouse: Luba Mason
  • Children: Joseph Verne
  • Parents: Anoland Diaz, Ruben Dario Blades, Sr.
  • Siblings: Roberto Blades
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  • Awards: Latin 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…
  • Nominations: Latin 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…
  • Movies: Hands 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 Shows: Gideon’s Crossing, Fear the Walking Dead


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  • Holds degrees in Law from the University of Panama and International Law from Harvard University.
  • Blades uses the English pronunciation (rhymes with “glades”), as Ruben’s grandfather Reuben Blades was English, a native of St. Lucia.
  • The 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.
  • His grandfather, Reuben Blades, was born on the British island of St. Lucia.
  • Was Minister of Tourism in Panama from 2004 until 2009.
  • In 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.
  • He 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.”.
  • Ran 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.


  • Songs as: “Maestra Vida”, “Pedro Navaja”, “Desiciones”, “Desapariciones”, “Tiburón”, etc.
  • On stage, he wears a hat On interviews wears a bonnet
  • Songs about social criticism and daily life
  • His maracas painted like flag of Panama


Title Year Status Character
Fear the Walking Dead 2015-2016 TV Series Daniel Salazar
Hands of Stone 2016 Carlos Eleta
The Counselor 2013 Jefe
For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada 2012 President Calles
Safe House 2012 Carlos Villar
La siguiente estación 2011 Short Benito
Spoken Word 2009 Cruz-Sr.
Secuestro express 2005 Carla’s Father
Spin 2003 Ernesto
Imagining Argentina 2003 Silvio Ayala
Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 Jorge FBI
The Maldonado Miracle 2003 TV Movie Cruz
Assassination Tango 2002 Miguel
Resurrection Blvd. 2002 TV Series Martin
Gideon’s Crossing 2000-2001 TV Series Dr. Max Cabranes
All the Pretty Horses 2000 Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
Cradle Will Rock 1999 Diego Rivera
Chinese Box 1997 Jim
The Devil’s Own 1997 Edwin Diaz
The X-Files 1997 TV Series Conrad Lozano
Al compas de un sentimiento 1996 Singer
Grampa 1996 Doctor
Eres mi Canción 1996 Video short Singer
Scorpion Spring 1995 Border Patrolman Sam Zaragosa
Color of Night 1994 Martinez
A Million to Juan 1994 Bartender
Life with Mikey 1993 Angie’s Dad (uncredited)
Miracle on Interstate 880 1993 TV Movie Pastor Beruman
The Super 1991 Marlon (as Ruben Blades)
Crazy from the Heart 1991 TV Movie Ernesto Ontiveros
One Man’s War 1991 TV Movie Perrone
The Josephine Baker Story 1991 TV Movie Count Giuseppe Pepito Abatino
Heart of the Deal 1990
Predator 2 1990 Danny Archuleta (as Ruben Blades)
The Two Jakes 1990 Mickey Nice
Mo’ Better Blues 1990 Petey
The Lemon Sisters 1989 C.W
Cinemax Sessions 1989 TV Series
Disorganized Crime 1989 Carlos Barrios
Dead Man Out 1989 TV Movie Ben
Homeboy 1988 Doctor
The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 Sheriff Bernabe Montoya
Fatal Beauty 1987 Carl Jimenez (as Ruben Blades)
Critical Condition 1987 Louis
Crossover Dreams 1985 Rudy Veloz
The Last Fight 1983 Andy ‘Kid’ Clave
Title Year Status Character
Ligia Elena 1983 Short performer: “Ligia Elena” / writer: “Ligia Elena”
Hands of Stone 2016 “Plástico” , “Ligia Elena” , “Símbolo” , “Tiburón” / performer: “Champions”
Ride Along 2 2016 writer: “Watch Out For This Bumaye” – as Ruben Blades
Dancing with the Stars 2014 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Los 80 2013 TV Series performer – 1 episode
No me la puc treure del cap TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2012 writer – 1 episode, 2012
Benvenuti al nord 2012 writer: “Plastico”
Sugar 2008/I performer: “Que Bonita Luna”
Banda sonora TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2007 writer – 1 episode, 2007
Memòries de la tele 2007 TV Series writer – 1 episode
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series performer – 1 episode
El cantante 2006 writer: “El Cantante”
Spin 2003 writer: “Improv” – as Ruben Blades
Operación triunfo 2003 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Casa de los babys 2003 performer: “Un Son Para Ti”
Empire 2002 performer: “Plastico” / writer: “Plastico”
Dance with Me 1998 performer: “Patria” / writer: “Patria”
Unplugged 1994 TV Series documentary writer – 1 episode
Barcelona 1994 writer: “Ligia Elena”
Stefano Quantestorie 1993 performer: “Pedro Navaja” / writer: “Pedro Navaja”
Gladiator 1992 writer: “Da Me La Fama” – as R. Blades
Do the Right Thing 1989 lyrics: “Tu y Yo” / music: “Tu y Yo” / performer: “Tu y Yo”
Chances Are 1989 performer: “NUESTRO ADIOS” / writer: “NUESTRO ADIOS”
True Believer 1989 performer: “La Marea” / writer: “La Marea”
Oliver & Company 1988 performer: “Buscando Guyaba” / writer: “Buscando Guyaba”
The Believers 1987 performer: “El Nacimiento de Ramiro”
Miami Vice TV Series performer – 2 episodes, 1986 – 1987 writer – 2 episodes, 1986 – 1987
Beat Street 1984 performer: “Tu Cariño Carmen’s Theme” / writer: “Tu Cariño Carmen’s Theme”
Pedro Navaja 1984 “Pedro Navaja”
Title Year Status Character
Ruben Blades, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil 2014 Video
Vivir pedaleando 2003 Short
Empire 2002
A Design for a Life 2001 Short
Eres mi Canción 1996 Video short
Gryphon 1990 TV Movie as Ruben Blades
Q & A 1990
Ligia Elena 1983 Short
When the Mountains Tremble 1983 Documentary
Music Department
Title Year Status Character
P.O.V. 2012 TV Series documentary composer – 1 episode
Éste es mi barrio 1996 TV Series composer – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
Pedro Navaja 1984 song “Pedro Navaja”
Title Year Status Character
Talking Dead 2015-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
Yo soy la Salsa 2014 Documentary
Paco de Lucía: la búsqueda 2014 Documentary Himself
Ruben Blades, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil 2014 Video Himself
Tavis Smiley 2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
Invasión 2014 Documentary Himself
Miradas 2 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Celebrity Habla 2 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself – Performer
Voces 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Predator Goes to Town 2005 Video short Himself
En mi país 2004 TV Movie Himself
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema 2002 Documentary Himself
The Palladium: Where Mambo Was King 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Encuentro 2002 TV Movie documentary
Lo + plus 2002 TV Series Himself – Guest
Latido Latino I: señas de identidad 2001 Documentary Himself
Latido Latino II: tiempos mestizos 2001 Documentary Himself
From Son to Salsa 1996 Documentary Himself
Somos un solo pueblo 1995 TV Movie documentary
The 1995 NCLR Bravo Awards 1995 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1994 TV Series Himself – Guest
An American Reunion: The People’s Inaugural Celebration 1993 TV Movie Himself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself – Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself – Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Telecupón 1991 TV Series Himself – Musical Guest
Into the Night 1991 TV Series Himself
The Predator 2: International 1990 Video short Himself
Pero ¿esto qué es? 1989-1990 TV Series Himself – Musical Guest
Rockambole 1989 TV Series
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid 1986 Video documentary Himself (as Ruben Blades)
Àngel Casas Show 1985-1986 TV Series Himself – Musical Guest
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City 1985 Video short Himself (uncredited)
The Return of Ruben Blades 1985 Documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1985 TV Series Himself – Guest
Roots of Rhythm 1984 TV Series Himself
Beats of the Heart: Salsa 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
30 minuts 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Himself
Passage to Panama: A Musical Journey 2008 Video documentary Himself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself
The Hunters and the Hunted: The Making of ‘Predator 2’ 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Carlos Barrios


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