July 27, 2021

Gloria Estefan reopens the hotel where ‘Algo pasa con Mary’ was filmed

If Miami had Latino kings, they would be Gloria and Emilio Estefan. In the richest city in Florida and whose zip code is one of the five most desired in the US, the couple stands out with their own brilliance. The hundred million records sold by Gloria EstefanHer seven Grammys and a career spanning five decades have raised her to a stratospheric height, not just because of her artistic value, but because from up there she can close the most succulent deals.

The couple has just reopened the Cardozo Hotel, an establishment that occupies an art deco building on Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, the most expensive street in the most exclusive area of ​​the state of Florida. According to Gloria Estefan herself, when she was very young, she fell in love with the building; so much as to tell his father that when he grew up, it would be bought for him. In the Frank Capra He directed A hole in the head, Robin Williams rolled The cage of the crazy and we all laugh with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz on Something happens with Mary.

Property with history

Gloria and Emilio bought the building in 1992 and decided to give it a change, investing 15 million dollars during the last four years to remodel it

Emilio and Gloria Estefan pose for a photograph during a ribbon cutting at the Cardozo South Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The couple purchased the historic art deco hotel in 1992 and recently opened the hotel after a complete renovation.

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Gloria and Emilio bought the building in 1992 and decided to give it a change, investing 15 million dollars during the last four years to remodel it. El Cardozo, redesigned by Aldo Ducci, It has 41 rooms and suites and a 140 m2 penthouse whose paving has been brought from Istanbul. “We live in an incredible country and we want everyone to know that it is possible to do everything one dreams of. I think Gloria and I have done it, ”he said. Emilio estefan during the opening ceremony. And reason is not lacking: with an estimated 500 million dollars of fortune, they are the most influential Latino couple in the United States.

Gloria was born in Havana in 1957, a year and a half before Fidel Castro ended the Cuban revolution. His family went into exile in the US and while his mother developed a career as a teacher, his father came to fight in Vietnam for his host country. Gloria graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in Psychology with a specialization in French. She came to work as a translator at Customs, at the city’s airport, and her profile made her interesting for the CIA, which contacted her to recruit her. To our knowledge, the proposal was not successful. And it is that Gloria was destined to music: she began her career in Miami Sound Machine, in 1977, and continued as a soloist. He has 24 published albums.

The kings of Miami

As a couple they are formidable: not only because they are the most powerful music producers in Florida but also because they run several restaurants and, with the Cardozo, two hotels. The existence of Star Island itself, in Biscayne Bay, cannot be explained without the mediation of Emilio Estefan as a real estate developer

People take photographs on Ocean Drive as Gloria and Emilio Estefan hold a ribbon cutting at the Cardozo South Beach Hotel, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Miami Beach, Fla. The couple purchased the historic art deco hotel in 1992 and recently opened the hotel after a complete renovation. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Great influx to see the Estefan.

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Emilio was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1953 and fell in love with his wife when they both worked at Miami Sound Machine. While she continued as a solo artist, he entered the recording industry. His is the creation of the Latin Grammy’s and the Hispanic Heritage Awards and the Latin version of the We are the World from Michael Jackson.

As a couple they are formidable: not only because they are the most powerful music producers in Florida but also because they run several restaurants and, with the Cardozo, two hotels. The existence of Star Island itself, in Biscayne Bay, cannot be explained without the mediation of Emilio Estefan as a real estate developer. The Estefan are shareholders of the Miami Dolphins of the NFL (the first Hispanics to enter that market), Emilio was named a member of the Presidential Committee on Arts and Humanities by George Bush in 2002, Producer of the Year at the 2000 Latin Grammys and both received the President’s Presidential Medal of Freedom Barack Obama in 2015.