Salma Hayek: Early life, Career, Relationships & Net Worth

Hard work leads towards success, and similar is the life of Mexican-American actress, producer, and director, Salma Hayek.

Salma is best known for her acting skills which she progressed towards directing skills.

Marrying with a multi-billionaire, Francois-Henri Pinault, Salma became more visible and famous to the world. Hayek is now a naturalized United States citizen who came from Mexico.

Beautiful Mexican-American Actress Salma Hayek
Beautiful Mexican-American Actress Salma Hayek

Multi-talented and versatile actress Salma has won several awards throughout her career. Today we will be discussing every detailed biography of this actress, starting with her quick facts.

Quick Facts: Salma Hayek

Full Name: Salma Valgarma Hayek Jimenez
NickName: Salma Hayek Jimenez de Pinault, Salma Hayek
Birth Date: September 2, 1966
Age: 54 years old
Horoscope: Virgo
Birth Place: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
Father’s Name: Sami Hayek Dominguez
Mother’s Name: Diana Jiménez Medina
Siblings: Sami(Brother)
Height: 5 feet 2 inches (157cm)
Weight: 56kg (123 pounds)
Body Measurements: 39-24-36 inches or 99-61-91.5cm
Nationality: American, Mexican
Ethnicity: White and Hispanic
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Education: Schools of the Sacred Heart, Universidad Iberoamericana, Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, Stella Adler Studio of Acting
Profession: Model, Singer, Film Producer, Spokesperson, Businessperson, Voice actor, Television producer, Social activist, and Film actor
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: François-Henri Pinault
Social Media Presence: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Early Life and Education of Salma

Salma Valgarma Hayek Jimenez, aka Salma Hayek, was born on September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Salma was the first child of her parents: Sami Hayek Dominguez and Diana Jimenez Medina.

She is half Lebanese and half Spanish as her father was a Lebanese Mexican who owns an industrial-equipment firm and oil company executive in Mexico. Her mother was a member of scout who is of Spanish descent and an opera singer.

Multi-talented Actress Salma Hayek
Multi-talented Actress Salma Hayek

Salma has a younger brother named Sami, born in 1972 and currently works as a furniture designer.

Hayek spends her childhood in a devout Catholic family who went to the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisana, for her study.

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During her school life, Hayek was diagnosed with a reading disorder called dyslexia. After high school, she joined a university at Universidad Iberoamericana to study International Relations.

During her interview by V magazine, she stated that she entered the United States as an illegal immigrant and was for a short period of time.

How old is Salma Hayek? Age and Body Measurements

Salma Hayek, a legendary Mexican-American actress, is currently living her 54th years of life.

She belongs to the zodiac sign of Virgo that explains her personality as loyal, kind, practical, analytical, and hardworking.

Beautiful and evergreen actress Hayek has an average height of 5 feet and 2 inches, i.e., 157 cm, and a body weight of 56 kg, i.e., 123 pounds.

Talking about her body figure and measurements, she has a curvaceous, buxom figure and 39-24-36 inches representing her chest size, waist size, and hip size. Salma has a pair of black eyes and dark brown hair color.

Career Life of Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek began her acting career at the age of 23 during her residence in Mexico from the movie Teresa in 1989. She then became a Mexican star actress who has starred in several more films onwards.

Her performance in the movie El Callejon de Los Milagros made her the winner of awards more than any other movie in Mexican cinema history.

She was also nominated for an Ariel Award, which was a really proud moment for Hayek.

Hayak, in 1991, moved to Los Angeles, where she studied acting under Stella Adler, a former American actress and acting teacher.

Her first role was in the movie Mi Vida Loca, which made her visible in many prominent director’s and producers’ eyes.

Beautiful Actress Salma Hayek in lovely Yellow dress
Beautiful Actress Salma Hayek in lovely Yellow dress

She was soon provided with a role in the movie Desperado by Elizabeth Avellan.

In her other movie, “From Dusk till Dawn,” she played the role of vampire queen, where she performed phenomenal snake dance.

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In the romantic comedy movie, “Fools Rush” Salma then appeared in a starring role opposite Matthew Perry. She also performed along with Will Smith’s Wild Wild West in 1999.

Hayek also appeared in the final film of the Mariachi Trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Salma Hayek career as Director and Producer

After pursuing a career as an actress, Hayek then founded a film production company called Ventanarosa. She began to produce films and television projects in 2000.

Hayek’s first film production was 1999’s El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba which was submitted for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.

In 2002 she co-produced Frida, in which Hayek performed as Frida Kahlo.

For her outstanding performance, Salma was nominated for a Best Academy Award.

In 2003, she produced and directed a movie, The Maldonado Miracle, which led her to win a Daytime Emmy Award.

Well, not only Hayek directed a movie, but she also directed a music video, “Te Amo Corazon,” featured Mia Maestro for Prince in December 2005.

In 2007, she was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Honors and Awards of Salma Hayek

  1. Nominated for Woman of the Year Award from Glamour magazine in October 2001.
  2. Nominated for the Celebration of Diversity Award of Producers Guild of America in 2003.
  3. Nominated for Artist of the Year Award from Harvard Foundation in February 2006.
  4. Nominated for 25 Most Influential Hispanics from Time magazine in 2005.
  5. On December 30, 2011, Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.
  6. Nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special from the movie The Maldonado Miracle.
  7. Nominated for the Franca Sozzani Award at the Venice Film Festival in August 2018.

Salma Hayek Favorites

  1. Favorite Color: Purple, Blue
  2. Favorite Food: Mexican, French
  3. Favorite Destination: France
  4. Hobbies: Reading, Bikram Yoga
  5. Favorite Animal: Dog
  6. Favorite Movies: The Graduate, Casablanca, It Happened One Night, and Gone with the wind
  7. Favorite Perfume: Avon’s Today, Tomorrow and always perfume
  8. Favorite designers: Giorgio Armani and Parda
  9. Favorite Eyeshadow Shades: Browns and aubergine
  10. Favorite Shoe Color: Black
  11. Favorite Lipstick Shade: Plum
  12. Favorite Car Color: Silver

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Distinctive Features

  • Have a curvaceous, buxom figure
  • Beautiful eyes
  • Often plays strong-willed, independent women roles.

Facts You Never Knew About Salma Hayek!

  1. In Arabic, Salma means “Peace” or “Calm.”
  2. At an early age, she had dyslexia and was treated.
  3. Salma’s grandmother believed that shaving the eyebrows and head makes hair grow glossier, darker, and thicker, so she frequently shaves Salma’s hair.
  4. After appearing in the movie titled Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Salma decided to become an actress.
  5. Some of her favorites movies are The Graduate, Casablanca, It Happened One Night, and Gone with the wind.
  6. Salma played a stripper in two movies: “Dogma” and “From Dusk Till Dawn.”
  7. In 2006 she won Best Nude Scene Award for playing on-screen sex scenes with veteran actor Colin Farrell in the movie “Ask The Dust.”
  8. Salma’s beauty rule: Never go to sleep without washing your face.
  9. Salma mostly wears Giorgio Armani or Prada.
  10. She is good friends with Penelope Cruz and Ashley Judd.
  11. The company named Ventanarosa is her own production company.
  12. While Hayek was pregnant, she was diagnosed with diabetes.

Personal Life of Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek is a Catholic raised person who no longer believes in the church, but she still does believe in the God Jesus Christ. She is a naturalized United States citizen who was born in Mexico.

Hayek, on March 9, 2007, got engaged to French billionaire and Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault.

Before their marriage, she got pregnant and was blessed with a beautiful daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault on September 21, 2007.

Salma Hayek with her Billionaire Husband
Salma Hayek with her Billionaire Husband Francois-Henri Pinault

The couple were happily married in Paris on Valentine’s Day in 2009 and renewed their vows on April 25, 2009, in Venice.

Net Worth, Salary, and Income

This Mexican-born American actress who devoted her life to a career in the film industry and starting as an actress and then as a producer and director, indeed without a slight doubt, Hayek sits on the throne of hundreds of million dollars.

The total estimated net worth of Salma Hayek as of the recent stats of 2021 is around 200 million dollars. Her husband Francois Pinault, a multi-billionaire, has a net worth of 57 billion dollars which is a massive amount.