David Howell Evans is a musician hailing from Ireland and is best known by his stage name, The Edge or simply, Edge. His international reputation largely rests on his being the lead guitarist and keyboardist for the band “U2”. He has also been a backing vocalist for the band and has even written and composed songs. To know more about The Edge’s net worth in 2018, keep reading this article.
The Edge was born on the 8th of August, 1961. Although, he was born in Essex, England, he was raised in Ireland where his family had moved while he was still very young. His parents, Garvin and Gwenda Evans were originally from Llanelli, which is a coastal town in South Wales. He was the second child to be born to his parents with his elder brother being Dik.
He also has a younger sister named Gillian. His father, who was an engineer, used to work for a local electronics company called Plessey. In 1962, the company offered him a promotion along with a transfer to Dublin. It is was in Dublin that The Edge spent most of his growing years.
For his primary schooling, he went to the “St. Andrew’s National School”. He also received piano and guitar lessons throughout his childhood, a knack he shared with his brother, Richard a.k.a. Dik. The brothers, in fact, spent long hours practicing music. He went to the Mount Temple Comprehensive School. In the year 1976, while Edge was still 15 years old, he started a band along with some of his classmates and his elder brother, Dik. Eventually, this band evolved to become “U2”, one of the most popular punk rock bands of our times.
Edge had got married in the year 1983 to Aislinn O’Sullivan, who was his girlfriend from school. The couple has three children named Hollie, Arran and Blue Angel. Although, the couple had already separated in 1990, they had to wait to get legally divorced until 1995, which is when the Irish laws first allowed it. He later began dating American dancer, Morleigh Steinberg in 1993. They even have a son together.
“U2” was formed with The Edge and his pals from school along with his brother who left very early to join another band. The band started doing live shows at small venues, and they started developing their own music in 1977. By 1980, they were doing foreign tours, and they were able to launch their first album, “Boy” soon after. One of their most successful tours was the October tour, in the build-up to which the band was at the verge of breaking up.
It was during this time that The Edge along with other members of the band got involved with a group called “Shalom Tigers.” Later, after reuniting with the band, he wrote the hit single, “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” His guitar has a unique style, which is achieved through extreme manipulations of a sound processor. The Edge has recorded with various renowned artists, like Johny Cash, B.B. King, Jay-Z and even Rihanna.
Awards and Achievements
In the Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Times”, The Edge was ranked at #38. The Spin Magazine ranked him at #13 on their list of “Greatest Guitarists” in 2012. In 2017, he was honored with the Les Paul Spirit award at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. He was also ranked 35th on the Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Songs Writers”.
Net Worth of The Edge
The total estimated net worth of The Edge is a whopping $280 million, thanks to the overwhelming success of his music career.
David Howell Evans or The Edge has enjoyed one of the most celebrated careers among some of the best artists and musicians of his time. He would definitely be remembered by music lovers for generations to come!