Gene Simmons Net Worth $300 Million
A man of many talents, rock bass guitarist Gene Simmons has made it worth his while. With a net worth of $300 million, he is undoubtedly one of the biggest rock musicians of his generation. Born Chaim Witz to Flora Klein and Feri Witz in Israel, Gene and his mother later moved to The United States where he changed his name to Gene Klein. Gene did a number of jobs including working as an assistant to an editor of Vogue.
He formed his first band Lynx as a teenager before disbanding to form The Long Island Sound. He attended Sullivan County Community College and later joined Bullfrog Bheer, a new band. He went on to form Wicked Lester in the early 70s with Paul Stanley before leaving to form what they viewed as the ultimate rock band. With new members Peter Criscuola and Paul Frehley, the band Kiss was formed with Stanley as the lead singer. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1974.
Gene capitalized on the band’s persona by being the driving force behind its extensive merchandising franchise. As the band’s popularity declined in the early 80s, they were forced to discard their make-up before enjoying an upsurge of popularity that went into the 90s. The band’s lineup changed after Criscuola left and was replaced by Paul Caravello who died in 1991. Despite a successful reunion, the band dissolved. The current lineup consists of Tommy Thayer who replaced Frehley and Eric Singer who replaced Criscuola.
Gene is known for his strong political views. He says that he regrets voting for Obama as he claims that the president is gravely misguided on matters relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is also critical of the 2009 health care reform plan. He views the United Nations as not doing enough and has had some choice words to say about it. He endorsed Mitt Romney’s candidacy for president in 2012 since, according to him, America was best placed in the hands of a businessman.
The science-fiction fan is also a philanthropist. He is known for supporting ChildFund international and has sponsored a number of children in Zambia. His family has received the MEND Humanitarian award for their philanthropy. He credits his philanthropy to having been a recipient of aid as a child because it gave him hope that someone cared. Gene has ventured into publishing as well as appearing in a number of television shows, but he is best known as a rock and roll legend.