William Mebarak Chadid is an American businessman and author who is popular as the father of Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira (like Maluma).

His daughter, Shakira, has been referred to as the Queen of Latin Music, who is noted for her versatility in music.

The singer has been active in the industry since 1990 and has given numerous hit songs including Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).

Mebarak Chadid Parents & Origin

Chadid was born on September 6, 1931, to his parents, Alberto Mebarak Spath (father) and Isabel Chadid Baizer (mother).

He is a native of New York, the United States, whose current age is 90 years. Chadid has Lebanon origin as his family comes from Lebanon. They moved to the United States when William was just 5 years old.

Apart from that, his daughter, Shakira, was born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia. She devoured much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Wiki-Bio and Career Overview

William is a businessman and author who has worked in various fields. He has experience working in diverse sectors, including insurance agents, literature teachers, journalists, and health visitors.

The talented author has written several books, including a biography based on his daughter, Shakira.

William just got into the limelight after getting recognized as the dad of Shakira. Shakira was interested in pursuing a career in music from an early age. She wrote her first poem entitled La rosa de cristal when she was just 4 years.

The singer began her professional career by writing poems and later evolved her poems into songs. And her first song is Tus gafas oscuras, which she wrote at the age of 8.

Shakira became professional in 1990 after she released her debut album Magia, which was recorded with Sony Music Colombia. During that time, she was just 13 years old.

Throughout her career, the legendary singer gave numerous hit songs that helped her win multiple prestigious awards, including three Grammy Awards and twelve Latin Grammy Awards.

Who Is William Mebarak Chadid’s First Wife? Father of Shakira

Chadid’s first wife was Lucila Mebarak. Together with Lucila, he is the parent of nine children. Among those kids, one of them passed away in a car accident.

Meanwhile, Chadid and Lucila cherished their marital life for some years and separated. But the dates of their marriage and divorce are still a mystery to the public.

Willaim with his daughter, Shakira and wife, Naida
Willaim with his daughter, Shakira, and wife, Naida
Source: @AlphasofShak

After his separation from Lucila, William wedded Nadia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado, a painter. The pair welcomed their first and only kid Shakira on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Their child, Shakira, established her name in the musical industry and also made her parents proud. At present, William is having a good time with his family. He often shares updates on his ongoing life via Twitter, where we can find him as @WilliMOficial.

Take A Look At William Mebarak Chadid’s Net Worth

With his work, Chadid has surely added a decent fortune to his back account. He has served in various fields and is also an author. So, we can assume his net worth is somewhere between $100,000 to $500,000.

The average pay for an author in the United States is $21.63 per hour. So, the proficient author, William, might have a salary around the average wage.

However, Chadid lives a quality life as his daughter, Shakira, is one of the richest singers with a net worth of over $300 million. Shakira’s income is increasing daily as she is not only a singer but is also engaged in various ventures.

Back in 2015, Shakira and her long-time partner, Gerard Piqué, bought a home in Barcelona, Spain, worth $5.5 million.

She also owns several luxurious cars, including a Mercedes-Benz G-class, SL 600, SL 550, and an SLK

William Mebarak’s Daughter Shakira

His famous daughter Shakira is a Colombian singer. Popular as Queen of Latin she has released many songs and albums.

Her hit songs that charted number one on Billboard are “La Tortura”, “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Beautiful Liar”, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, and “Loca”, etc.

Shakira was born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on 2 February 1977 (age 45), in Barranquilla, Colombia.

She is the only child of William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado. However, she has 8 half-siblings from her father’s other relationships, while one of her older half-brothers was killed in a motorcycle accident while she was very young.

Shakira has Colombian ancestry from her mother’s side and is of Lebanese descent from her father’s side. She reportedly has distant Italian roots too.

William Mebarak and Daughter Shakira’s Relationship

Chadid has always been close to Shakira since her birth. Her father supported her a lot and fulfilled her every need.

He got her a typewriter at the age of 7 which she wanted as a Christmas gift. She wrote her first song “Tus gafas oscuras” (‘Your dark glasses’) inspired by her father who wore dark glasses to hide the grief of her older brother’s death.

William even gave up his dream and companies to support Shakira in her career.

Recently, while Shakira was in the process of separation from Pique, her father suffered a “bad fall” and was rushed to the hospital.

She later made a tweet and revealed that he is fine and getting better.

William Mebarak and Daughter Shakira

Shakira’s Affair; Has she Divorced Gerard Pique?

The Waka Waka singer dated Argentinian lawyer Antonio de la Rúa for 10 years from 2001 to 2010. They separated on mutual agreement and continued their business relationship.

However, De la Rua later sued Shakira seeking $100 million after she ended the collaboration suddenly.

Shakira began her relationship with the Spanish center-back, Gerard Pique, in 2011. Pique is 10 years younger than Shakira and the couple share birthday.

They became close while shooting the video of Waka waka (This Time for Africa) in 2010

The pair welcomed their first son Milan on 22 January 2013. Their second son Sasha was born on 29 January 2015.

Shakira and Pique announced their split in 2022. The reason for their separation is reported to be Pique’s extra affair.

“We regret to confirm that we are separating. For the well-being of our children, who are our highest priority, we request respect for (our) privacy. Thank you for your understanding.”

Their joint statement read.

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