Jenni Rivera was a Mexican-American singer, actress, songwriter, lyricist, TV producer, and business visionary. She was best known for her significant contributions to the genre of Regional Mexican music mostly in the styles of Mariachi, Banda, and Norteno. Rivera was named the best-selling Latin craftsman of 2013, and she has created 15 gold and 5 double platinum records during her music career. She later became a reality-TV star, businesswoman and activist. She died in a terrible aircraft crash in 2012 when she was 43 years old.
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|Celebrated Name||Jenni Rivera|
|Real Name||Dolores Janney Rivera Saavedra|
|Date of Birth||July 2, 1969|
|Died||December 9, 2012, Iturbide, Mexico|
|Age At The Time of Death||43 years old|
|Birth Place||Long Beach, California, United States|
|Height||5 Feet 1 inches (1.55 m)|
|Spouse||José Trinidad Marín (m. 1984; div. 1992)|
Juan López (m. 1997; div. 2003)
Esteban Loaiza (m. 2010)
|Profession||Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur|
|Net Worth at the time of Death||$25 million|
Dolores Janney Rivera Saavedra popularly known as Jenni Rivera was born on July 2, 1979 in Long Beach, California to her parents, Pedro Rivera and Rosa Saavedra. She was brought up alongside four brothers and four sisters. Rivera was introduced to traditional Mexican music by her family. She earned the merit of A’s in school, until the age of 15 when she become pregnant with the first of her five kids.
At a very young age Rivera started working and supported her two kids by selling CDs at flea markets, also continuing to study for her GED simultaneously and eventually graduated as class valedictorian. Later on she joined the California State University, Long Beach from where she received a college degree in business administration. Following University graduation, she worked in real estate for some time before she joined her father’s record label, Cintas Acuario, which he created in 1987. His record label launched the career of Mexican singer and songwriter Chalino Sánchez.
Rivera recorded her first song in 1992, as a gift to her father on Father’s Day. Following that, she recorded more songs, and eventually signed to Capitol/EMI’s Latin division. Her first album Somos Rivera was released in 1992.
She struggled to play her songs on radios as then the market at that time was dominated mostly by men. She also had a bad experience when a radio programmer threw her CD in the trash right in her face. However, she didn’t give up and went on to release the albums La Maestra, Poco a Poco, Por Un Amor, La Chacalosa, and Adios a Selena independently.
Despite having some problems as a female singer of this specific genre, she signed contracts with Balboa Records in 1993, Sony Music in the late 90s and Fonovisa Records in 1999 under which she released her first successful single “Las Maladrinas”, which gained her a lot of popularity.
Jenni received her first Latin Grammy nomination for Best Banda Album when she dropped two records titled Dejate Amar and Se las Voy a Dar an Otro in 2001. She became the first American-born artist to be nominated for the award in 2003. The following year she released her first compilation titled Simplemente… La Mejor, which became her first record to become a chartbuster in the United States.
In 2005, she achieved more substantial success after she released the record titled “Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida”. The record became a big hit which earned a place in the Top 10 list of the Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart. The second single released from the album, De Contrabando is said to be one of her most known songs.
Then in 2007, Jenni dropped her ninth major studio album titled Mi Vida Loca, which debuted at No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart. The same year she released La Diva en Vivo, which garnered her her second Latin Grammy nomination for Best Ranchero Album. In 2008, she released her tenth studio album “Jenni”, which stayed at the top list on the Billboard Top Latin Albums Chart in U. S. In 2009, she came up with her first full mariachi studio album called La Gran Senora. The album earned her a nomination for Best Ranchero Album.
Over time her albums gained more and more popularity, and she became a well known celebrity, appearing in reality TV series depicting her everyday life, such as “Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C” (in 2010) which featured her oldest daughter, Chiquis., “El Show de Jenni Rivera” (in 2011) and “I Love Jenni” (between 2011 and 2013). After that, she appeared as a coach in the Mexican talent show “La Voz… Mexico”.
She also became a business mogul, launching Jenni Jeans, Divine Music, Divina Realty, Jenni Rivera Fragrance and Divina Cosmetics.
Jenni released her last two albums entitled “Joyas Prestadas: Pop” and “Joyas Prestadas: Banda” in 2011. The albums consisted entirely of covers, but still made it to the “Billboard Top Latin Albums” charts.
Unfortunately her promising musical career came to a halt when she passed away in tagic aviation accident on December 9, 2012. At the time of her death, Jenni Rivera had managed to sell more than fifteen million copies of her record productions.
On 11 December 2012,two days after her tragic death, Fenovisa Records released her accumulated collection La Misma Gran Senora, which instantly reached the top place on “Billboard’s Top Latin Albums” chart, “Billboard Regional Mexican Albums” chart and “Mexico’s Top 100” chart.
On April 19, 2013, her debut film, Filly Brown, was released. Rivera played a drug-addicted mother in prison. Rivera’s official autobiography was published on July 2, 2013 which she had been working on for years. After her death her family put it together and turned it into a full book that became an instant New York Times bestseller.
Personal Life & Relationships
Jenni Rivera had five kids from her three marriages. As a teenager she gave birth to her first child Janney ( popularly known as the singer Chiquis) in 1985 and later married the baby’s father Jose Trinidad Marlin. The couple had two more kids Jacqueline (born 1989) and Michael (born 1991). However in 1992, Rivera ended the marriage citing physical and emotional abuse. Her ex-husband was arrested for molestation after he was accused by Jenni’s sister Rosie and daughters Chiquis and Jacqueline. Marin was convicted of sexual assault and rape and sentenced to more than 31 years in prison without parole.
In 1997, she tied the knot with Juan Lopez. She shared two kids Jenicka and Juan Angel with Lopez before the marriage ended in 2003. Lopez was convicted in 2007 of selling drugs and died of pneumonia while in prison in 2009. In 2010, she got married for the third time to baseball player, Esteban Loaiza. Apparently, the couple filed for divorce just months before Rivera died in 2012. However, the divorce was never finalized.
On December 9, 2012, Rivera died in an aircraft accident, which crashed near Monterrey, Mexico. The families of the four passengers filed a wrongful death suit against Starwood Management, the company that owned the plane, and Jenni Rivera’s entertainment company. Mexico’s aviation investigation agency released its findings on the 2012 crash, saying that the 78-year-old pilot was too old for the license he was granted by Mexican authorities. It was also found that the 43-year-old Learjet was flying unevenly and shaking when it reached cruising speed. Jenni Rivera’s dead body was buried at All Souls Cemetery on December 31, 2012, which was delayed due to her legal issues.
Awards & Accolades
Owing to her astounding musical career Jenni Rivera was nominated for around 113 awards of which she won 69. She has garnered nominations and awards at some of the most prestigious award ceremonies such the Latin Grammys, Oye! Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Latin Billboard Music Awards, and Lo Nuestro Awards.
Rivera received two Billboard Music Awards awards from six nominations posthumously. She also won 22 Billboard Latin Music Awards and eleven Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Rivera received one Broadcast Music, Inc. Award which honors the songwriters, composers and music publishers of the years most-performed songs in the BMI catalog. She alos received an Imagen Award by the Imagen foundation which recognizes the positive portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry. Rivera has received eighteen Lo Nuestro Awards out of twenty-one nominations. Adiitionally she received four Latin Grammy Awards nominations. Rivera has also been the recipient of seven Premios de la Radio awards which is presented to outstanding musicians in the Regional Mexican genre in the United States.
Jenni Rivera Net Worth
Jenni Rivera’s net worth is estimated to be around $25 million before she died on December 9, 2012. Rivera’s family received $70 million after they sued Starwood Management Inc, which was the owner of Learjet 25 that carried Jenni Rivera when it crashed. A Judge ordered Starwood Management to pay her heirs $70 million in August 2016.