William Michael Albert Broad famously known as Billy Idol is a well-known British singer, actor, musician and songwriter. He became famous as the lead singer of the 1970’s famous English punk rock band “The Generation X”. He gained international reorganisation in his solo career when he appeared in MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” held in the United States. His albums like Billy Idol, Rebel Yell, Whiplash Smile and Charmed Life were commercially successful hits, which also earned him great success in the music world. Now let’s discuss more about Billy Idol’s net worth 2018.
Billy Idol Early Life
William Michael Albert Broad was born on 30 November 1955 in Stanmore, Middlesex, England. He is the son of William Alfred Broad and Joan Broad. He has one younger sister named Jane Broad. His family moved to Patchogue, New York when he was just two years old. After four years his family returned to England. Later in 1971, his family settled in Bromley, London.
Billy went to Ravensbourne School for Boys in the London Borough of Bromley. After that, he continued his studies at Worthing High School for Boys in West Sussex. He always has been a huge fan of rock music. His stage name “Billy Idol” was inspired by one of his teacher’s remark during his school time. Billy also went to Sussex University for his bachelor’s degree in 1975 but due to his interest in music, he was drop out from college after one year. After that, he joined the local band of the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans.
Billy Idol was in a relationship with English actress and formal model Perri Lister. They were also blessed with a son named Willem Wolf Broad, who was born on 15 June 1988. Due to Billy’s affair rumors with other women, Billy and Perri broke up in 1989. After his breakup, he started dating thirteen years younger actress Linda Mathis. Linda was just 19 years old when she gets pregnant with Billy’s child. She left Billy and started living with her mother. In 1989, Linda gave birth to a girl named Bonnie Blue Broad. Billy’s son Willem is also a member of the rock band named “FIM”.
Billy Idol Career, Awards & Achievement
Billy Idol started off his career as a guitarist in a punk rock band Chelsea in 1975. Later, Billy and his bandmate Tony James left the band and co-founded a band named Generation X. The Generation X band became to be one of the few punk bands who got the chance to perform on the famous BBC Television’s music chart television programme TOTP. After that, the band was signed by Chrysalis Records and released three commercial hit albums. In 1981, Billy left the Band and moved to New York to try his luck in solo career.
In 1982, Billy released his first solo album “Billy Idol”, which turns out to be a major hit of that time. His album was ranked at #45 positions on the list of Billboard 200. It was also awarded a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Billy’s second studio album “Rebel Yell” was released in 1983. The album was commercially successful hit as it was ranked at 6th position on the Billboard 200. After that Billy has given several hit albums like Cyberpunk, Devil’s Playground, Happy Holidays and Kings & Queens of the Underground.
Awards & Achievement
Billy Idol has won many awards and nominations for his incredible work. His blockbuster hit single “Cradle of Love” has won ASCAP Film and Television Music Award in 1991. He has also won “MTV Video Music Awards” in the category of Best Video from a Film in 1990. Apart from that, he was also nominated 13 times for the prominent awards included Grammy Awards.
Net Worth of Billy Idol
Billy Idol net worth is estimated $55 million. His major source of income is earnings from his blockbuster hits albums. Most of his studio albums were internationally successful hit and also turn out to be best seller albums around the world. His album “Whiplash Smile” earned him platinum certification with the sale of one million units. His super hit album “Rebel Yell” was also 2x platinum certified by RIAA with the sale of two million units.
This incredibly talented person gives many successful hits to the music industry. He made his name not only in music world, as well as in fashion world. He was ranked at #55 on the list of “100 Sexiest Artists” by VH1. He also featured on the cover page of “In Fashion” magazine in 1990-1991. So it is proven that, Billy Idol in a legendary idol of the rock music world.