Daddy Yankee Biography: Age, Height, Net Worth, Spouse, Songs, Family, Children, Wife

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Daddy Yankee is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. He is known as the “King of Reggaeton” and is considered one of the genre’s pioneers. 

He has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards, including a Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Song and a Billboard Music Award for Top Latin Song.

In 2017, Ayala released the song “Despacito” with Luis Fonsi. The song became a global phenomenon, topping the charts in over 50 countries and becoming the most-streamed song on Spotify.


  • Full name: Ramón Luis Ayala Rodrguez 
  • Stage Name: Daddy Yankee
  • Born: February 3, 1977
  • Age: 46 years old 
  • Birthplace: Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Nationality:  Puerto Rico
  • Occupation: Singer
  • Spouse: Mireddys González
  • Relationship: Married
  • Children: 3
  • Height: 1.7m
  • Net worth: $50 million

Early Life

Daddy Yankee was born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodrguez in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, on February 3, 1977. He grew up in a musical family, with his father being a salsa percussionist and other musicians in his mother’s family. Daddy Yankee was drawn to improvisation at a young age and began rapping and breakdancing.

Daddy Yankee enjoyed sports as a child and desired to be a Major League Baseball player. He was unable to continue in this sport after getting shot in the leg by an unknown man who mistook him for his friend, leaving him unable to walk properly.

Daddy Yankee appeared in Luis Fonsi’s global blockbuster “Despacito” in 2017. The song was the most-streamed in history, topping the charts in 47 countries. Daddy Yankee’s success with “Despacito” helped cement his place as one of the World’s most popular and influential performers. 

Daddy Yankee’s final album, “Legendaddy,” was published in 2022. The album was a critical and economic triumph, earning the RIAA triple platinum certification. Daddy Yankee announced his retirement from music shortly after the album’s release.

Daddy Yankee is a cultural figure who helped establish the sound of reggaeton music. He is one of Latin America’s most successful singers of all time, and his music has inspired generations of followers worldwide.


 He attended Colegio Bautista de Aguadilla and Colegio Rafael Hernández in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He did not attend college, but he did earn an associate’s degree in accounting in 1998


He began his musical career in the early 1990s, and his first album, No Mercy, was published in 1995. His album Barrio Fino, which included the smash singles “Gasolina” and “Lo que pasó, pasó,” catapulted him to mainstream stardom in the early 2000s.

Daddy Yankee has had a tremendous career, releasing albums such as El Cartel: The Big Boss (2007), Talento de Barrio (2009), Mundial (2010), Prestige (2012), King Daddy (2013), and Legendaddy (2022). He has also worked with other musicians such as ShakiraJennifer Lopez, and Justin Bieber.

Daddy Yankee has been in various films and television shows besides his music career. In addition, he founded the record company El Cartel Records.

Daddy Yankee has won five Latin Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Latin Music Awards. In 2006, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Important People in the World.

Daddy Yankee declared his retirement from music in March 2022, following the release of his seventh studio album, Legendaddy, and its accompanying tour. He wished to devote his time to his family and other business activities.

Daddy Yankee is among the World’s most successful and influential reggaeton performers. He has contributed to the genre’s global popularity, and his music has inspired a new generation of listeners. He is a great Latin music icon.

Awards & Nominations

 Here is a list of some of the awards and nominations that Daddy Yankee has received:


  • 10 Guinness World Records
  • 7 Billboard Music Awards
  • 6 Latin Grammy Awards
  • 4 Latin American Music Awards
  • 3 American Music Awards
  • 2 iHeartRadio Music Awards
  • 1 Presencia Latina at Harvard University
  • 1 Puerto Rican Walk of Fame star
  • 1 Special Award from People en Español magazine


  • 80 Billboard Latin Music Awards
  • 28 Latin Grammy Awards
  • 25 Latin American Music Awards
  • 15 Billboard Music Awards
  • 9 American Music Awards
  • 5 Grammy Awards


Reached 1 Billion Total Audience Spins for “Despacito”

Released his seventh studio album, Legendaddy, in 2022

Announced his retirement from music in 2022 

Social Media

  •  Twitter: @daddy_yankee
  • Instagram: @daddyyankee
  • Facebook: Daddy Yankee

Personal Life

Daddy Yankee has been married to Mireddys González since 1995. They have three children together: Jesaeelys, Jeremy, and Yamilette.


  Studio Albums:

  • No Mercy 
  • El 
  • Los Homerun-es 
  • Barrio Fino 
  • El Cartel: The Big Boss 
  • Mundial 
  • Prestige 
  • King Daddy 
  • El Disco Duro 

Compilation Albums:

  • El Cartel II: Los Cangris 
  • Talento de Barrio [Soundtrack]
  • Prestige: The Mixtape 

Live Albums:

  • Barrio Fino en Directo
  • Daddy Yankee Live

Collaborative Albums:

  • Los Homerun-es (Special Edition) 
  • Los Homerun-es (Limited Edition) 
  • Los Homerun-es (Reloaded Edition)
  • Los Homerun-es (Gold Edition)
  • Los Homerun-es (Deluxe Edition)

Net Worth

 Daddy Yankee’s net worth in 2023 is estimated to be $50 million. He is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is known for his contributions to the Latin music scene and for his hit song “Despacito.”

 Daddy Yankee has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards, including a Grammy Award and a Latin Grammy Award. He is one of the World’s most popular and successful Latin music artists.

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