Pitbull a.k.a Armando Christian Perez is…
An Artist: Pitbull’s music has charted number one in countries all around the world. He is a GRAMMY Award-Winning artist who has collaborated with some of the music industry’s biggest names. Starting out as a street-derived Miami rapper, Pitbull has managed to virtually take over the music industry, earning many accolades including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an inaugural award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
An Actor: Armando’s acting career is just beginning to blossom into its early stages, as he continues to guest appear in several animation and action movies including DreamWorks Animation’s, “Epic” and the 2012 action/thriller, “Blood Money”. He has also made appearances on some of TV’s hottest shows, such as, “Empire”.
A Producer: Pitbull is both a music producer as well as a TV/movie producer. Pitbull has produced his own music as well as other artists’ music. He is gearing up to produce Brazilian artist, Claudia Leitte’s, upcoming Spanglish album later this year (2016). Pitbull has executive produced TV shows/specials including his own New Year’s Eve special on FOX, as well as the upcoming drama/sitcom, “305,” set to air on MTV next year (2017). He has also executive produced the Focus Feature film, “Puerto Ricans in Paris” (2015/16).
A Host: Pitbull added, ‘host,’ to his resume back in 2007 when he hosted his own variety show on Mun2 titled, “La Esquina”. He continued his hosting career when he hosted the American Music Awards in 2013 and 2014, giving the award ceremony its best ratings in nearly a decade. Pitbull continues to host his annual New Year’s Eve special, “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution,” on FOX.
An Entrepreneur: Armando is building a business empire as he continues to partner up with world-renown companies such as Playboy, Kodak, and Dr. Pepper, as well as owning his own Vodka brand, Voli. He is one of the most aggressive celebrity product and brand endorsers, as his penetration into international markets has always been an asset in negotiations for new deals.
An Author: Armando is currently working on an upcoming series of self-help lifestyle books. He said that inspirational speaker, Tony Robbins, gave him the inspiration for the series. Book one will likely be titled, “From a Negative to a Positive.”
A Fashion Icon: There’s no doubt that Pitbull always looks sharp wherever he goes. Whether it be a concert, award show, or just a local Miami restaurant, Pitbull is always stylish. While Pitbull’s fashion inspiration comes from Miami in the 80’s, he continues to inspire others around the world with his signature suit and sunglasses. Pitbull has teamed up with Playboy to produce a menswear line titled, “Pitbull After Dark”. The line will include men’s accessories, clothing, and underwear.
A Philanthropist: Armando is more than dedicated to helping change the lives of millions around the world. Pitbull started his own charity foundation in 2008, The Imaginate Foundation, which helped provide art, business, and social teachings to children of low-income immigrant families. He has since continued to make a difference in children’s lives by opening a free charter school in Miami named, “SLAM!” standing for Sports, Leadership, and Management. SLAM! Nevada is also set to open in August of 2016 in the Las Vegas suburb, Henderson. Armando will also be opening several more SLAM charter school in different Florida counties. Due to his philanthropic work, Armando has been inducted into the Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s Hall of Fame, and he has been rewarded with the Global Gift Foundation’s Humanitarian Award.