There’s a good chance many of you haven’t heard of Raúl de Molina, that is unless you’re a regular Univision viewer. His daily television show, El Gordo y la Flaca, is the most popular show on the network, and actually sees more viewers than competing shows on NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox, combined. Nicknamed “El Gordo,” Molina was born in Cuba but left for Spain when he was 10 years old after his father was imprisoned. He started his career in south Florida as a news photographer, eventually taking a beat that would bring him to the worst parts of Miami in the ’70s and ’80s – sleeping by the telephone with a bulletproof vest nearby in case he got a call. 

Molina would go on to become a high-paid celebrity photographer, which then led to appearances on afternoon talk shows. After producers realized how viewers responded to the charms “El Gordo,” he was quickly given a daily TV show alongside Gloria Estefan’s sister, Lilli. Raúl de Molina was named as one of the most influential Hispanic Americans in the country, he is an ambassador for Louis Vuitton, and sits on the host committee for Miami’s Art Basel. 

He’s also a watch collector. This is Talking Watches with Raúl de Molina.