Carlos Santana was born on 20 July 1947, in Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico, and the all-time great musician and talented songwriter has been active in the music industry since 1966. Carlos has become known worldwide, since first coming to prominence as a musician in the 1960s and 1970s with his Latin Rock band Santana
So just how rich is Carlos Santana? Carlos’s net worth is reliably estimated to have reached $40 million, accumulated from his long career at the top of the music industry.
Carlos Santana Net Worth $40 Million
Carlos Santana migrated to San Francisco, California in 1961. Carlos was educated at James Lick Middle School and then in 1965 graduated from Mission High School. Santana declined to attend university, however, and concentrated on making a career in music: Carlos`s father was a violinist, and helped Santana learn to play the violin at five, and the guitar from the age of eight.
Carlos Santana founded his band Santana in San Francisco, in 1966. The music genres it focused on were many, and in particular he mixed the sounds of Latin music along with rock and jazz. The band’s early success, especially when performing at Woodstock in 1969, led to him signing a recording contract with Columbia Records. The band’s first, self-titled album was released that year, and was an immediate success, reaching #4 on the U.S. album charts, with the single “Evil Ways” reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Their second album Abraxas followed in 1970, and included two single hits Oye Como Va and Black Magic Woman. The album was at #1 for six weeks on the Billboard chart, 88 weeks in all, and was certified 4x platinum; the album has been ranked number 205 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Of course, these successes contributed significantly to Carlos Santana’s net worth, as have many more successful albums, and singles subsequently released, until today.
Carlos Santana’s net worth has also increased with income from his solo career: he has released seven studio albums. The first was Love Devotion Surrender released in 1973, the last released in 1994 was entitled Santana Brothers, on which Carlos worked with his brother Jorge and nephew Carlos Hernandez. The album entered the Billboard 200 album chart, and revenues further boosted Carlos Santana’s net worth.
In 1998 the band Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In total, Santana has sold over 90 million albums all over the world, making Santana one of the best-selling groups of all time, as well as increasing Carlos Santana’s net worth considerably. The band has released more than 20 albums. Their last album was named Corazon and released in 2014, as has been nominated for and won many awards, including Record of the Year, Best Album of the Year and Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Carlos has received three Latin Grammy Awards as well as 10 Grammy Awards. In 2003 Carlos was acknowledged as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Santana`s film “Architects of the New Dawn”, released in 2008, also benefitted Carlos Santana’s net worth. In the movie, Carlos mostly focuses on the power of positive thinking. This movie made Carlos Santana known as more than a perfect musician. In 2014, his autobiography “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light” was published.
Currently, Carlos Santana resides in Las Vegas. He was married to Deborah Santana for 34 years. Since 2010 he has been married to Cindy Blackman, an American jazz and rock drummer. Carlos Santana is not only a musician but also a socially active person . He is the founder of the Milagro Foundation, an organization that focuses on disadvantaged teenagers.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Resides in San Francisco.
Shares with Michael Jackson the record for most Grammys won in one year, with eight.
Is part of the songwriting organization BMI, and is a BMI icon.
He was voted the 90th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
Says he doesn't even remember giving his (well-received) performance at Woodstock in 1969; with his band not scheduled to appear for several hours, he'd taken a dose of LSD, only to have his band bumped up on the schedule as it was taking effect.
Became the first Hispanic to win a Grammy for "Record of the Year" in 2000 when he shared the honor with Matchbox Twenty lead singer, Rob Thomas, for the song "Smooth". His 1999 album, "Supernatural", won 9 Grammies that year.
Won the 2003 Pop Collaboration with Vocals Grammy for his collaboration with Michelle Branch on the song, "The Game of Love".
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (as a member of Santana.
Learned to play the guitar when he was 8 years old; father was a professional violinist.
Has, together with wife Deborah Santana, founded a nonprofit organization called "The Milagro Foundation" that worldwidely provides financial aid for educational, medical and other needs of children.
I think if Jimi had had the right person, she would have said: 'Let's go to Hawaii and get rid of Jimi for a week. You need to crystallize your existence and achieve that clarity of vision. This is the word that separates human beings from gods: willingness. Most people don't have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims. And, like Jim Morrison or Jimi Hendrix or Marvin Gaye, they die as victims. But John Coltrane didn't die as a victim.
You can take things that Jimi Hendrix took, from Curtis Mayfield or from Buddy Guy for example, because we are all children of everything, even Picasso. But if you want to stand out, you have to learn to crystallize your existence and create your own fingerprints. With one note people know me, or Eric, or Jeff Beck, or Jimi Hendrix. I would say to him or her: learn to develop your own voice. It's like someone said: if you take from just one person, it's stealing. But take from everyone, and it's research.
First of all, the music that people call Latin or Hispanic is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that. Number two, Latin people are very passionate, and the music that we love is definitely Afro-rooted -- whether it's Bob Marley or Afro-Cuban -- because it deals with rhythms. (In response to the use of the term "Latin Explosion" in TV Guide, 19-25 February 2000 issue, Vol. 48, No. 8, 40-42.)