Shakira Shakes Cash Loose for Charity

Pair of star-studded shows take on Latin American poverty
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2008 11:30 AM CDT
Colombian pop star Shakira between billionaires Carlos Slim from Mexico, left, and Howard Buffet (eldest son of Warren Buffet), right, ahead of the 'Concert For The Children' in Buenos Aires.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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(Newser) – Shakira, Ricky Martin, and dozens of other Spanish-speaking pop stars performed at simultaneous fundraising concerts in Mexico City and Buenos Aires yesterday, reports the LA Times. “It is doable, we can really eradicate poverty,” said the Colombian singer, whose shows benefited Alas, a charity that helps Latin America's neediest children. Shakira secured nearly $200 million in donations from billionaires Howard Buffet (son of Warren) and Carlos Slim, reports the BBC. (Read more Shakira stories.)