Roberto Carlos Braga Moreira
Born April 19, 1941 is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, also known as “King of Latin Music” or simply “the King”. Most of his songs were written in partnership with his friend, singer and songwriter. Roberto Carlos has sold over 70 million albums around the world. He is considered one of the most influential artists in Brazil, being cited as a source of inspiration by many artists and bands. His net worth is estimated at US$160 million.
As a child, he learned to play the guitar and the piano, first with his mother and later at the Itapemirim Music Conservatory. At 9 years old, he performed for the first time at a children’s show broadcast by Rádio Cachoeiro (he sang a bolero called “Mal Amor”). He won candies as the first prize. Years later, he recalled the occasion for the book Roberto Carlos Up Close, by Paulo Cesar de Araujo: “I was very nervous, yet very happy to be able to sing on the radio. I got a lot of candies, which was the prize for the kids who’d sing there. It was a beautiful day.” He became a regular performer on that particular show.
At 82, famed singer Roberto Carlos is private, but his well-known childhood accident cost him part of his right leg at six.