Quick Facts of
- First NameJ Balvin
José Álvaro Osorio Balvín, known professionally as J Balvin is a Columbian singer-songwriter, and rapper. One of the premier musicians to come out of Columbia, Balvin has won, among other accolades, four Latin Grammy Awards, four Latin American Music Awards, five Billboard Latin Music Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards.
As of June 2020, the Columbian musician is reported to be worth $16 million. In this article, we breakdown his earnings and salary to get behind the source of his net worth.
Net Worth Breakdown: Earnings & Salary
Growing up, Balvin was a fan of such bands as Metallica and Nirvana, but his experience living in the US — terrible as it might have been for him — tuned his musical tastes towards reggaeton and rap.
Upon his return to Columbia, Balvin hit the local clubs and the streets. On one such instance, Balvin met who would be his DJ and business partner, David Rivera Mazo.
In 2009, Balvin signed to EMI Colombia and released his debut album. “Real“. He also released a mixtape in 2012 featuring his earlier hits.
He gained recognition in the international market with songs like “Yo Te Lo Dije” and “6 AM“.
His second studio album “La Familia” was released in 2013 and brought more success. A single off the B-side of the album, “Ay Vamos“, became one of the most popular songs by a Latino artist on YouTube with over a billion views. A remix of the track also ended up on the movie, Furious 7.
To date, his repertoire consists of six studio albums, one mixtape, and fifty singles. His singles have sold over 35 million copies worldwide; his albums have moved four million copies.
He has won over 80 awards across numerous award ceremonies including four Latin Grammy Awards, four Latin American Music Awards, five Billboard Latin Music Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. Furthermore, he has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Balvin has also toured extensively as a headline act as well as a featured act. He is the first Columbian — and for that matter, the first Latino — artist to headline major music festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Tomorrowland.
Social Media Earnings
J Balvin is a huge social media influencer. He is on most social media platforms.
His official YouTube channel — which boasts an impressive 25.8 million subscribers — being chief among them.
Through his YouTube channel alone, he earns an estimated $4.2K – $67.7K monthly ($50.8K – $812.1K yearly).
J Balvin has over close to 41 million followers on his official Instagram — one of the largest followings on the platform.
According to influencermarketinghub.com, Balvin makes an estimated $81,449 – $135,749 per post.
J Balvin: Short Biography
Early Life and Childhood
José Álvaro Osorio Balvín was born on May 7, 1985, in the Columbian town of Medellin.
The son of economist and business owner, José Álvaro Osorio Sr., and his wife, Alba Mery Balvin, José spent his childhood in his hometown.
At 16, José moved to Oklahoma as part of an English-exchange program, but soured on the experience and moved to New York City to live with an aunt where he began working in menial jobs.
He finally had enough and moved back to Columbia. Nonetheless, the whole experience made him appreciate reggaeton artists like Daddy Yankee, and rappers like Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and P. Diddy.
He adopted their musical style and made the rounds of the local clubs in Medellin, building a strong online following. Balvin also attended EAFIT University, where he pursued a degree in international business. He ended up dropping out after seven semesters to pursue his musical career.
Personal Life and Relationships
Balvin has been involved in many romantic liaisons in his life.
He was most famously linked with the Columbian model and TV presenter, Alexandra Buitrago. They reportedly dated for four years from 2011 to 2015.
Furthermore, Balvin was previously in a long-term relationship with the Columbian sports presenter, Maria Osorio. They were reportedly together for over a decade and were close to tying the knot when they got cold feet and called it off.
Balvin is currently dating the Argentinean model and the former Miss Argentina 2014, Valentina Ferrer.