Selena Quintanilla
Selena Quintanilla
Celebrated Name: Selena Quintanilla
Real Name/Full Name: Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
Gender: Female
Age at the time of death: 23 years old
Birth Date: 16 April 1971
Date of death: 31 March 1995
Birth Place: Lake Jackson, Texas, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.65 M
Weight: 57 Kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Husband/Spouse (Name): Chris Pérez (m. 1992–1995)
Children: No
Profession: Singer, Actress, and Fashion Designer
Net Worth in 2024: $12 Million
Last Updated: May 2024

Selena Quintanilla was a popular American singer, songwriter, actress, and fashion designer. Her album “Entre a Mi Mundo” (1992) stayed at the number 1 position US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart for eight months.  She has been called “Tejano Madonna” for her fashion sense and is often considered as one of the most influential artists of all time. Also, she has been the recipient of the Tejano Music Award on 11 occasions.

Maybe you know about Selena Quintanilla very well, But do you know how old was she at the time of her death and what is her net worth in 2024? If you do not know, We have prepared this article about details of Selena Quintanilla’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Selna Quintanilla was born on the 16th of April 1971 in Freeport, Texas, the U.S.  to parents Marcella Ofelia Quintanilla and Abraham Quintanilla Jr. By profession, her father was a musician. When it comes to her religious views, she was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. She has an elder sister Suzette Quintanilla, who was her senior by four years and an elder brother A.B. Quintanilla, III, who was her senior by 8. Her mother discovered her musical talent when she was just six years old.

Her father opened his first Tex-Mex restaurant called “Papa Gayo’s” in Lake Jackson in 1981, where Selena and her siblings used to perform.  The restaurant, however, closed down next year due to a recession at the time. The family went bankrupt and ultimately settled in  Corpus Christi, Texas. Her father became the manager and the group member of the band “Selena y Los Dinos,” which consisted of Selena, her siblings, her father, and other artists that performed on streets, weddings, fairs, and more.

When it comes to her education, she was taken out of her school when she was in the 8th grade. She was finally able to secure a diploma from the American School of Correspondence at 17 years of age. She then got into the Pacific Western University, where she studied with Business Administration as her major.

Personal Life

Selena Quintanilla started dating fellow band member and guitarist, Chris Pérez in 1989. However, she hid her relationship because she felt if her father found out about the relationship, he would try to end it. Years later, her father did find out about the relationship and, as expected, didn’t approve of them and even removed from the band. However, they continued the relationship despite his approval.

On the 2nd of April 1992, they got married without the family’s knowledge. The media outlets reported about the marriage just hours after the marriage took place. The entire family looked for Selena except for her father, who kept to himself for some time. However, her father did eventually accepted Chris and welcomed him back into the band.

Selena’s family appointed Yolanda Saldívar as the manager of Selena’s boutiques in 1994. 8 Months later, Selena herself signed Yolanda to be her agent.  A year later, she found that Yolanda’s behavior with her staff members was quite degrading, but she brushed it aside. In January of 1995, Selena’s father started receiving calls from fans saying they paid for the membership of the Selena Fan Club but received nothing in return.

Upon investigation, it was found that Yolanda did fraudulently collected upwards of $30,000 via forged checks from both the fan club as well as the boutiques. Her father banned her from having any contact with Selena, but Selena didn’t want that. Selena asked her to hand over the bank statements and other financial records, but she delayed it. On 31st March 1995, Selena went to Yolanda’s room at  Days Inn in Corpus Christi, where she demanded the financial papers.

She instead got a gun from her purse and shot Selena when she tried to escape.  Selena did manage to reach the lobby where she collapsed, but before collapsing, she did name Saldivar as her assailant and the room number of the hotel where she was shot to the hotel clerk. The clerk called the emergency services, and she was taken to the Corpus Christi Hospital. After 50 minutes of surgery, she was declared from dead loss and cardiac arrest. On the other hand, Yolanda was caught at the hotel itself by a responding police officer, and she surrendered the same day after being interrogated by the Police and the FBI.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 16 April 1971, Selena Quintanilla was 23 years old. Her height was 1.65 M tall, and her weight was 57 Kg.


Selena recorded her first LP record “Selena y Los Dinos” in 1984, which belonged to the genre of Tejano Music. She then released the records “Alpha” in 1986, “Munequito de Trapo “ in 1987, “And the Winner Is…” in 1987, “Preciosa” in 1988, and “Dulce Amor” in 1988. On the 17th of October 1989, she released the album “Selena.” The album got a great response, and it also became a part of the US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart at #7. In the same year, she also became the spokesperson for Coca-Cola.

She then released the album “Ven Conmigo” in September of 1990. The album’s single “Baila Esta Cumbia.” In Mexico, the song sold 150,000 units. The song “Buenos Amigos” which she recorded with Salvadoran singer Álvaro Torres, and was a part of the album “Nada Se Compara Contigo” was released in 1991, and it drew great responses.  The song captured the number 1 position on the US Billboard Top Latin Songs chart. She released the album “Entre a Mi Mundo” in May of 1992.

The album not only captured the number 1 position on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart but was also certified 10x platinum by the RIAA.  Her album “Live!” had a great response as well and was even certified gold by the RIAA. She even made an appearance in the movie “Don Juan DeMarco,” which was released in 1995 and starred popular actors like Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp.

In addition to her singing career, she had two boutiques called Selena Etc. One in Corpus Christi and one in San Antonio. However, these boutiques are no longer in operation now.

Awards & Achievements

Here is a list of some of the Awards and Achievements earned by Selena Quintanilla:

  • She was the winner of the Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album for her album “Selena Live!” in 1994.
  • She was the winner of the ALMA Award for Outstanding Album for her album “Dreaming of You” in 1995.
  • She was the winner of the Billboard Latin Music Award for Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female in 2016 and 2017.
  • Selena has won the Tejano Music Award for Best Female Vocalist for every year between the period 1986 and 1996.

Net Worth & Salary of Selena Quintanilla in 2024

Selena Quintanilla Net Worth
Selena Quintanilla Net Worth

Selena Quintanilla died at the age of 23 on the 31st of March 1995. Till then, she has gathered a net worth of $12 Million as of May 2024. She has accumulated most of her earnings from her singing career. Her songs and albums have set some amazing records such as her album “Entre a Mi Mundo” getting certified as certified 10x platinum by the RIAA.  In addition to her singing career, she had opened two boutiques as well by the name of Selena Etc. Who great business as well.  She once earned over 5 million dollars from these boutiques.

Selena Quintanilla has set great records in her singing career. She made it big through her sheer talent and hard work. She has even redefined the world of Tejano Music, which was completely male-dominated before her arrival. Her life should serve as an example of how hard work can make dreams come true. She was taken from the world a lot earlier we all would have liked. So, here’s a big thank you to her for inspiring us and providing us with great entertainment throughout the years.


  1. I’ve always been a Selena fan since the first time I watched her movie and the first time I heard her hit single Dreaming of You, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom and La Caracha. Thank you Selena. Your truly an angel in heaven. You inspired so many people around the universe. And will continue to touch our hearts. I love you.

  2. I had never heard of her until her Death… Was captivated by her beauty and so saddened that such a beautiful person had lost her life. I have a feeling she’s worth more than $12 Million Dollars? Surely, it must be in the 10s of millions by this time ( 2020 )?


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