Worldwide known as the lead guitarist of the rock band ‘The Cars’, Ric Ocasek is a musician. He remained with this band for a long period of time. In fact, his music career revolves around it only. He has also worked as a solo artist and managed to gain success. Here are the complete details about his career, biography, and net worth in 2018.
Ric Ocasek early life
The American singer was born as Richard Theodore Otcasek on March 23, 1944, in Baltimore, Maryland, US. Other than being a singer, he is also a songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He received his early upbringing in Baltimore but his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio when he was a teenager. There he attended ‘Marble Heights High School’ and went on attending ‘Bowling Green State University’. After a few months, he dropped out from here and enrolled at ‘Antioch College’ but his passion for music didn’t let him complete his graduation.
There is not much information about his family background. Moving on to his love life, Ric Ocasek married three times and presently, he is with his third wife Paulina Porizkova who is an actress. The couple got married in 1989 and they have 2 kids together. Ric has two kids with each marriage. Thus, he is the father of 6 children. Prior to this marriage, first, he was married to Constance. The couple married in 1963 and divorced in 1971. In 1971 itself, he married his second wife Suzanne Otcasek. They remained together till 1986.
Ric Ocasek career, awards & achievements
Ric discovered his love for music when he was 16 years old. Thereafter, he couldn’t focus on his studies. During his teenage, he met his future bandmate Benjamin Orr. At that time, Benjamin was already a professional musician. They met in a local musical variety program but remained in touch. After a few other meetings, they decided to form their own band. It was a folk rock band named ‘Milkwood’. The band turned out to be a disaster. They launched their debut album ‘How’s the weather’ but it failed terribly. Following that, they left the band and formed a few other bands but again, success didn’t come to them. To support themselves, they both started working for other bands.
Ric again formed a band called ‘The Cars’ but this time, he tasted the success. Though the group released only the single songs, it managed to garner a decent publicity. Ric worked as the lead songwriter and guitarist of this band. So far, this band has released only one album titled ‘Move Like This’. While working for the bands, Ric also tried his hands as a solo artist. He released his first solo album in 1982. After the downfall of band ‘The Cars’, he majorly appeared as a solo artist and has released 7 solo albums till date.
Awards & achievements
Ric has a fair successful career but he could never bag any major awards. Though he has been nominated for Grammy Award 6 times, he could never make it happen. 2018 is a good year for him. Lately, he was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of the Fame’.
Net worth of Ric Ocasek
Ric has a long career spanning in a period of nearly 4-5 decade. Though his career was full of ups and downs, still, 40-50 years are too much to gain something. As of now, he is 74 years old but boasts a staggering net worth of $40 million. He has earned this net worth solely through his music career. Though he appeared in a few films too, he couldn’t gain much success as an actor. Talking about his personal asset, Ric owns a luxurious mansion in Millbrook, New York where he lives with his wife.
Presently, Ric Ocasek is not much active as he is an old man. Now, he must have taken the rest from his professional life but he certainly had a successful career in music.