From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, rose from the streets of Miami to exemplify the American Dream and achieve international success. His relentless work ethic transformed him into a Grammy®-winning global superstar and business entrepreneur. Along the way, he’s been the subject of specials for CNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and more, in addition to appearances on Empire, Shark Tank and Dancing with the Stars. His music has appeared in Men In Black III and The Penguins of Madagascar, and he even had a starring voiceover role in the animated 3D movie Epic. In addition to the United States, his sold-out world concert tours have taken him to North and South America, Europe and the Far East. He has also completed headlining tours in China and Japan.
The Miami native born to Cuban-American expatriates lives by the motto “turn a negative into a positive,” and this mindset has instilled in him a tenacity that fuels his drive for success. In fact, breaking barriers is in his blood. His grandmother was one of the first women who fled to the Sierra Maestra mountain range in Cuba, escaping the tyranny of Fidel Castro. His mother arrived in the United States as part of the historic “Operation Peter Pan,” and his father even picked up 547 people during the Mariel boatlift. His aunt became a Cuban political prisoner. Pitbull remains immersed in a culture of challenging the status quo and continues to defy the odds and emerge victorious. On Pitbull’s Climate Change track “Freedom,” he sums everything up: Went from a poor kid to a well-known all-around-the-globe world class citizen, man I paid all my dues and earned my stripes took all the wrong in my life and I made it right.
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