Gene Simmons Biography
|Popular Name:||Gene Simmons|
|Birth Name:||Chaim Witz|
|Birth Date:||25 August 1949|
|Birth Place:||Tirat Carmel, Israel|
Shannon Tweed (m. 2011)
|Children:||2 — Nick and Sophie Simmons|
|Profession:||singer-songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, record producer, and television personality|
|Years active:||1970 till date|
|Net Worth:||$400 Million|
|Last Updated:||April 2020|
Most of Gene Simmons net worth 2020 has stemmed from the famous Israeli-American musician’s five decades long career as a singer-songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, record producer, and television personality. The rock star is best known to be a lead singer and the bass guitarist of the band, KISS, which he co-created in the 1970s.
Gene Simmons’ Early Life
Gene was born as Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949, in Tirat Carmel, Israel, to Ferenc Witz and Florence Klein. When he was eight years old, he moved to New York, United States with his mother, Florence, while Ferenc his father remained in Israel. His brother and mother are the only members of their family that survived the Holocaust.
Before Gene Simmons began his music career, he worked several odd jobs, including working as a Vogue Magazine editor’s assistant.
Gene Simmons’ Career
As already stated, a career in music has been instrumental in the generation of most of Gene Simmons net worth. During his youth, the legendary rock star created and played in several bands, including the Bullfrog Beer, The Missing Links, Lynx, and The Long Island Sounds. Early in the 1970’s, Gene and his friend Paul Stanley founded the band Wicked Lester. They added a couple of other members but were not happy with their music, so they discarded the band altogether. Moving on, the duo recruited Paul Frehley, and the trio released KISS’s debut album which they titled “Kiss”. Since their formation, they have enjoyed a successful career of making music, hosting conventions for their millions of fans, and embarking on world tours. Their most successful album “Revenge” was released in 1992, and it was a huge hit.
To further establish himself in the entertainment industry, Gene Simmons also focused on film and television, and appearing in or hosting reality television series while also doing his music.
Gene Simmons Albums
Gene Simmons has released the following albums:
- Gene Simmons (1978)
- Asshole (2004)
Gene Simmons Films & TV Series
The singer also focused on film and television work, and appeared in or hosted the following —
- Mr. Romance
- American Idol
- Rock School
- Gene Simmons Family Jewels
- I Get That a Lot
- Third Watch
- Family Guy
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
- Wanted: Dead or Alive
- Armed Response
Gene Simmons Books
As an author, Gene Simmons’ published works include the following —
- Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business
- Kiss and Make-Up
- Sex Money Kiss
- Kiss: The Early Years
- Kiss: Behind the Mask
- Ladies of the Night: A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World
- 27: The Legend & Mythology of the 27 Club
Gene Simmons Awards & Achievements
In 2011, Simmons was honored with having a key to Dallas and also had a street there named after him. In the same year, he was bestowed with an honor of the key of Winnipeg City in Minnesota.
In the year 2012, he received a Golden God Award from Revolver magazine. The following year, a Gene Simmons autographed Axe Bass was inducted to Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He also received a plaque stating same as a mark of acceptance.
He received a Golden Medal from “The Reial Circle Artístic de Barcelona” in 2014. He is also an honorary board member of the non-profit organization Little Kids Rock.
Gene Simmons’ Personal Life
Gene Simmons had dated both Diana Ross and Cher. However, he got married to Shannon Lee Tweed in 2011, after they had been in a relationship for 28 years. With Shannon Lee Tweed, Gene Simmons has two children – Sophie and Nick Simmons.
The legendary singer has led a life of extreme controversy. For instance, in Melbourne in 2004, he reportedly described Islamic religion itself as vile even though he meant to denounce religious extremists in particular. The next year, his former girlfriend Georgeann Walsh Ward filed a defamation law suit against him, which was eventually settled out of court.
Once more in 2008, he made the news due to the release of a sex tape which featured him and a mystery woman. He declared that the sex tape was made without his consent, but the damage had already been done.
Gene Simmons who is currently 70 years old weighs about 75kg and stands at 188cm tall. Her wears his naturally black hair long, and his eyes colors are dark brown.
Gene Simmons Net Worth
Most of Gene Simmons net worth has flowed in through his over five decades long career as a singer, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, record producer, and television personality. His income has also been generated through his own magazine, clothing line, and his hosting of Reality television Shows.
The legendary rock star is a world renowned icon. He enjoyed a highly successful career as one of the members of the band KISS, which he also helped to create. However, when the team’s interests began to differ musically, Gene Simmons chose to turn to acting in order to keep himself and his already successful career alive in the entertainment industry, and it paid off big time. He realized his true talent in acting films and hosting reality television shows, which are watched by millions of people all over the world.
Gene Simmons net worth is estimated at $400 million.