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Celebrities with Hispanic heritage

Famous and powerful Hispanics

Sonia Maria Sotomayor

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Sonia Maria Sotomayor

Sonia Maria Sotomayor -The Supreme Court's 11th Justice also became its first Hispanic when Sonia Sotomayor was elected to the bench in 2009. Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, Justice Sotomayor graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School. Of her Latino roots she has said: "Although I am an American, love my country and could achieve its opportunity of succeeding at anything I worked for, I also have a Latina soul and heart, with the magic that carries."

Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan

This Cuban-born American singer-composer, winner of three Grammys and four Latin Grammys continues to mentor Latino artists inspired by her triumph. Gloria and her husband, record producer Emilio Estefan, started the musical group Miami Sound Machine, which in the 80's was responsible for re-introducing Latin sounds to the American music scene. It was also through their band that Emilio managed Gloria's career into stardom.

Ellen Ochoa

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Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa - While she currently holds the post of Director of the Johnson Space Center, Dr. Ochoa will always be recognized as the first Latina astronaut to go to space; she served on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993, just two years after the explosion of the shuttle Columbia. She has been to space four times and has logged almost 1,000 hours in orbit. She is also an engineer and a pioneer in the field of spacecraft technology where she is a patent holder of at least three different inventions to date.

Marco Rubio

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Marco Rubio

As a Cuban American politician, Marco Rubio shows what hard work and determination can help ensure the American Dream. Rubio’s parents came to America from Cuba in 1956. His father was a bartender and his mother was a maid, a cashier and clerk. He has lived in West Miami for most of his life. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1993 from the University of Florida, his juris doctor from the University of Miami Law school in 1996. He ran for the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, and speaker in 2006. Rubio then ran for U.S. Senate in 2009-2010, with a come-from-behind win. He threw his hat into the ring in the 2016 election, but he suspended his campaign in March 2016, and ran for re-election for his senate seat that same year.

’Manny’ Ramírez

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’Manny’ Ramírez

Manuel Arístides "Manny" Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972) is a Dominican-American professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter.  Ramirez is recognized for great batting skill and power, a nine-time Silver Slugger and one of 25 players to hit 500 career home runs. He finished out his career with 555 homers. His 21 grand slams are third all-time, 29 post-season home runs the most in big league history. He appeared in 12 All-Star Games, a streak of 11 consecutive beginning in 1998 including every season that he played with the Boston Red Sox. He was named the World Series MVP in 2004 and has two championships, both with the Red Sox. He retired from the Tampa Bay Rays after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2011, ESPN reported. It could have been his second suspension if he had stayed with the MLB. After he retired, he did try to come back to baseball in the U.S. He worked as a minor-league instructor in the Cubs system in 2014. He also signed with a Japanese team in 2017.

Che Guevara

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Che Guevara

Che Guevara - Born in Rosario, Argentina on June 14, 1928, Ernesto R. Guevara de la Serna studied medicine before travelling around South America, observing conditions that spurred his Marxist beliefs. He aided Fidel Castro in overturning the Cuban government and then worked in a political post. Guevara later engaged in guerrilla action in Bolivia, where he was killed. He's revered by many as a cultural hero.

Pitbull

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Pitbull

Armando Cristian Pérez (born January 15, 1981), better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer. His first recorded performance was from the Lil Jon album Kings of Crunk in 2002. In 2004, he released his debut album titled M.I.A.M.I. (short for Money Is A Major Issue) under TVT Records. Since then, he has released three other albums under the label: El Mariel in 2006, The Boatlift in 2007, and Planet Pit in 2011 . In 2005 Pérez and rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs co-founded Bad Boy Latino, a subsidiary of Combs' Bad Boy Records label. It primarily focuses on Latin hip hop, Latin soul, Latin pop and other Tropical music, and has offices in New York, New York and Miami, Florida. Along with co-founding it, Pérez currently heads the A&R division of the label.

Oscar De La Hoya

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Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya, "The Golden Boy" of the ring, the Mexican boxer was known as the top-rated Pound by Pound fighter in the world during the late '90s, and has defeated 17 world champions to prove it. As a star in one of the ultimate spectator sports, he's also boxing's cash cow--having generated more money than any other athlete in the sport via pay-per-view income. Since his retirement, he's become the first American of Hispanic descent to found a national boxing promotional firm.

Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso

Born October 25, 1881, Malaga, Spain, Pablo Picasso, became one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the creator (with Georges Braque) of Cubism. A Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer, Picasso was considered radical in his work.

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Lorena Ochoa

Lorena Ochoa - Professional golf player, Lorena Ochoa is considered to be the best Mexican golfer of all time among both male and female players. She played in the US LPGA tour from 2003 to 2010 and was ranked number one during the last three years of her career. After her wedding in 2009, Ochoa chose marriage and raising children instead of playing golf, retiring at the top of her game in 2010 at the age of 28.

She returned to the game in 2017, playing in an LPGA event, the Lorena Ochoa Match Play, in Mexico City, The Associated Press reported. She had previously returned in 2012 for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Rigoberta Menchu

Rigoberta Menchu - became world famous when she received the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting the rights of indigenous Guatemalans in 1992. A native of the Quiche tribe, Menchu has dedicated her life to publicizing the extreme difficulties the tribal natives in her homeland have endured before and after Guatemala's civil war in the 1980's.

Dara Torres

Dara Torres - Considered the fastest female swimmer in the US, Dara Torres has reached the top of her sport with style and confidence. A Californian of Spanish descent, Torres has won twelve Olympic medals, five of which she won in the 2000 Summer Olympic games.

Mario Lopez

Mario Michael Lopez, Jr. is a television personality who has appeared on several television series, in films, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of the character A.C. Slater on Saved By The Bell, which he also portrayed as a regular on Saved by the Bell: The College Years. He has appeared in numerous projects since, including the third season of Dancing with the Stars. He currently is the host of Extra.He also hosts America’s Best Dance Crew and is a commentator on HBO Boxing.

Nina Tassler

Nina Tassler - Born to a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican mother, Nina Tassler was the highest profile Latina in network television as the President of CBS Entertainment. She held the position until 2015 Tassler had direct influence on which television series or programs are chosen by the network.

Selena

Selena -Born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas, Selena Quintanilla made her recording debut in the '80s, going on to become an award-winning recording artist in the Latin-music scene with albums like Amor Prohibido and Selena Live. In 1995, she was murdered by the founder of her fan club. Her album Dreaming of You was released posthumously.

 
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