Who is Carlos Leon, Cuban actor and father to Lourdes Leon?

Bruno Cooke April 23, 2021

Carlos Leon, actor and personal trainer, was once in a relationship with Madonna, and fathered her daughter Lourdes Leon in 1996. What else is there to know about Lourdes Leon’s father Carlos, and what is his net worth?

Who is Carlos Leon?

A recent Vanity Fair feature on Lourdes Leon has boosted interest in her family, and in particular her father, Carlos Leon.

Carlos and Madonna were in a relationship for two years, between 1995 and 1997. 

They reportedly met while running in New York’s Central Park in the early 1990s. 

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Madonna gave birth to their daughter, Lourdes Leon, on 14 October, 1996. But less than a year later, the couple separated – although they continued to live together for a period.

What is Carlos Leon known for?

Leon has appeared in several films and TV series. Most notable are roles in the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski (a minor part) and Nicole Kassell’s 2004 film The Woodsman.

Recent credits include Clinton Road, Thinking with Richard and Tio Papi, a family comedy from Miami director Fro Rojas. 

In October 2017, Carlos set up a fitness studio, Belleon Body, with celebrity personal trainer Jeff Bell, specialising in HIIT workouts.

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Is he married now?

Carlos Leon married Zac Posen designer and former Danish model Betina Holte at a private ceremony in Gillelje, Denmark in July 2013.

Holte has appeared on the front covers of numerous fashion magazines, including Vogue, Glamour and Elle.

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She previously dated Jim Carrey, in 2003, but their relationship lasted less than a year.

Carrey once “shelled out” close to $127,000 on a three-day trip to Copenhagen to see her.

Meet Carlos Leon’s wife, Betina Holte, and their family

Carlos Leon and Betina Holte have a young son, Meeka Leon, born in February 2015. 

Lourdes reportedly attended her father and Holte’s wedding.

Otherwise, the family keeps a relatively low profile.

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What is his net worth?

As per Celebrity Net Worth, Leon has a net worth of $5 million. 

While his acting career may have been lucrative, working as a celebrity personal trainer is also likely to have been kind on the wallet.

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Bruno is a postgraduate student studying global journalism, with research interests in the intersection of the media, storytelling, culture and politics. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Packs Light and Forge Press, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com. He is a Student Ambassador for Tortoise Media, a big fan of Freddie Mercury and a novelist – his debut novel, Reveries, is available on Amazon.