Israeli-American rock star, Gene Klein is known to the stage as Gene Simmons. He is best known to be the bass guitarist and one of the lead singers of the band, KISS which he co-founded in the 1970’s. Here is a quick summary of Gene Simmons’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Gene Simmons Early Life
Gene was born in Israel as Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949. He moved to New York City with his mother Florence Klein when he was 8 years old. His mother and brother are the only two members of their family to survive the Holocaust.
His father, Ferenc Witz remained in Israel.
Before embarking on his music career, he worked various odd jobs, one of them being an assistant to an editor for Vogue magazine.
Simmons had dated both Cher and Diana Ross. However, he eventually ended up marrying Shannon Lee Tweed in October 2011, after dating her for 28 years. Together, they have two children, Nick and Sophie.
He has led a life of extreme controversy. For instance, in 2004, in Melbourne, he is said to have described Islam itself as vile even though he intended to denounce religious extremists in particular.
In 2005, Georgeann Walsh Ward, his former girlfriend filed a defamation suit against him, which was later settled out of court.
In 2008, he made the headlines because of the release of a sex tape which featured him and a mystery woman. Gene declared the tape was made without his consent.
Gene Simmons Career
In his youth, he formed and played in bands like Lynx, The Missing Links, The Long Island Sounds and Bullfrog Bheer.
In the early 1970’s, Gene and Paul Stanley co-founded the Wicked Lester. They added new members but were unhappy with the music that they were producing, so they left the band altogether.
Paul Frehley was recruited by the duo, and the three of them released KISS’s first self-titled debut album. They have enjoyed a successful career since then, embarking on world tours and hosting conventions for their fans.
In 1992, they released their hit album, Revenge for which they went on a successful tour.
Gene Simmons also made his way into television by appearing and sometimes hosting Reality TV series like Mr. Romance, Rock School and Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
He also made special appearances on I Get That a Lot and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
His movie appearances include Runaway, Wanted: Dead or Alive and Armed Response.
Awards and Achievements
In 2011, Gene was given the honor of having a key to the city of Dallas and also having a street there named after him.
The same year saw him being bestowed with the honor of the key of the city of Winnipeg in Minnesota.
Revolver magazine awarded Gene with the Golden God award in 2012.
In 2013, an autographed Gene Simmons Axe bass was inducted into the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He was given a plaque stating the same as a mark of its acceptance.
The Reial Circle Artístic de Barcelona awarded Simmons the Golden Medal in 2014.
Net Worth of Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons has a net worth of around $330 million. His income stems from his own clothing line, his acting career, his own magazine and his hosting of reality Tv Shows.
Gene had an extremely successful career as a member of the band KISS. However, after their interests began to differ musically, he chose to turn to act to keep himself alive in the entertainment industry. He found his true talent in hosting reality TV shows and his shows are watched by many all over the world.