Who is Alicia Machado and what is her net worth 2018? Conquering not only her country, but also the world at the very young age of 19, posing nude for magazine covers and animal welfare organisations, like PETA, making a name of her own in the business world and juggling single parenthood and her acting career with panache, you name it and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado has done it all!
This Venezuelan-American beauty is not only known for her striking looks, but also for her outspoken personality, devil may care attitude and impeccable acting skills. Named Yoseph Alicia Machado Fajardo at birth, this former Miss Universe has managed to create a niche of her own not only in the glitzy world of show business, thanks to the various films and TV shows to her credit, but has also managed to effortlessly glide her way in the otherwise men centric domain of commerce.
With a career that spans almost two decades and encompasses various domains, there is little doubt about the impressive net worth of Alicia Machado which she has rightfully collected over the years. To know more about Alicia Machado’s net worth and her impressive income let’s have a look at her awe-inspiring journey.
Alicia Machado was born into a humble home in Maracay, Venezuela to a Cuban father Arturo Machado and a Spanish mother Martha Fajardo. Being emigrants, Machado’s parents were of humble means with much of their family income coming from a toy store her father owned. As a child Machado was quite creatively inclined and her parents wholeheartedly encouraged her passion.
As a result, she began modelling from a very young age and eventually dropped out of college in her second year to pursue her passion full time. Furthermore, 1995 turned out to be her year as she went on to win a series of beauty pageants in a row, the Miss Maracay pageant followed by the Miss Venezuela pageant and eventually she was crowned Miss Universe in 1996. This momentous win catapulted Machado to unprecedented fame and glory and she has never looked back ever since.
Machado is a successful actress, singer, TV host and businesswoman based in Miami, Florida. She lives with her 11 year old daughter Dinorah Valentina to whom she gave birth in 2008 with Mexican businessman Rafael Hernandez. In 2013, Machado was diagnosed with breast cancer after which she had to undergo a double mastectomy.
After Machado’s historic win at the Miss Venezuela pageant, she ventured into acting and bagged her first major role in 1998 in a Venezuelan telenovela called ‘Samantha’ where she essayed the titular role. After this, she went on to star in various national and international soap operas, like ‘Secreto de Amor’ and ‘Una Familia con Suerte’ and reality shows, like ‘La Granja de los famosos’ (The Farm), ‘Cantando Por Un Sueno’ (Singing for a Dream) and ‘Mira Quien Baila’- a dance competition where she stood 3rd. She has had a successful career as a TV commercial model and has also posed nude for two editions of ‘Playboy’ magazine and ‘PETA’.
Machado’s greatest achievement so far has been the crown of Miss Universe that changed her life and brought her unmatched fame and adulation from all around the world.
Alicia Machado Net Worth
Machado’s total net worth at about $5 million which was a clear indication of a career headed downhill. However, she made a ground-breaking come back in 2017 with ‘People With Money’ including her in their list of 100 highest paid actresses which was released in August 2017. Machado’s staggering comeback is a result of lucrative business ventures, smart investments, considerable valuable possessions and profitable endorsement deals.
Despite being controversies favourite child, thanks to her never ending feud with former beauty pageant owner and current president of the United States Donald Trump, Machado has never shied away from speaking her mind and has succeeded in creating an identity of her own. If, her astounding net worth is anything to go by Alicia Machado is here to stay!