Cesar Millan Born in 1969 to Felipe Millán Guillen and María Teresa Favela in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, Millan grew up working with animals on his grandfather’s Sinaloa farm. Because of his natural way with dogs, he was called el Perrero, “the dog boy”. The family later moved to Mazatlán, and there – at age 13, on their way to his judo competition and standing in front of a large statue – Millan declared to his mother he would one day be the best dog trainer in the world.
Millan crossed the border into the US without a visa when he was 21 years old, spoke no English, and knew no one in the USA. He first worked in a dog grooming store, working with the most aggressive dogs — later creating the Pacific Point Canine Academy and developing a following. Jada Pinkett Smith became one of Millan’s first clients and supporters – when he was working as a limousine driver — providing him with an English tutor for a year. Subsequently, Millan created the Dog Psychology Center, a 2-acre (8,100 m2) facility in South Los Angeles—specializing in working with large breed dogs.
Millan became a permanent resident of the U.S. in 2000, became a U.S. citizen in 2009, and lives in Santa Clarita, California. He married Ilusión Wilson in 1994, with whom he had two sons, André (b. 1995) and Calvin (b. 2001).
In June 2010, Millan announced his divorce. His wife, Ilusión Millan, filed for divorce, seeking primary physical custody of their children with visitation for Cesar, as well as spousal support. The divorce agreement stipulates that Millan pay his ex-wife a single payment of US$400,000, a monthly spousal payment of US$23,000 and US$10,000 for monthly child support, and that the parties respect specific confidentiality terms. In May 2010, after his dog Daddy died in February and his wife filed for divorce in March, Millan attempted suicide.
Cesar Millan’s wife (The Dog Whisperer) filed for divorce in March 2010. She ended up receiving a single payment of $400,000, monthly spousal payment of $23,000 (that’s $276,000 a year), AND $120,000 a year in monthly child support. Cesar Millan then attempted suicide.