Gene Simmons net worth: Israeli-American rock bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and actor, Gene Simmons, also known as The Demon has a net worth of $300 million.
Born on August 25, 1949 as Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel, Gene Simmons migrated to New York City with his mother when he was eight and learn guitar as a child. He changed his name to Eugene Klein (later Gene Klein) and worked as a typist and assistant editor for Vogue while also being a sixth grade instructor. He was influenced into music by the Beatles and he frequently watched the band on The Ed Sullivan Show that inspired him to pursue a career in music.
Simmons became a part of a band Lynx, which was renamed The Missing Links as a teenager, but the group disbanded to form The Long Island Sounds. He attended Sullivan County Community College where he got into a new band named Bullfrog Bheer. However, he frequently changed bands and joined Wicked Lester that recorded an album which was never released.
He started a trio with Stanley and Peter Criss and together with Paul Frehley aka Ace Frehley, they released an album Kiss in 1974 while also forming a band under the same name. Kiss’ fame continued even in the 90s and with Criss leaving the band, Paul Charles Caravello joined in and a new album Psycho Circus was released in 1998.
A sci-fi and comic book fan, Gene Simmons published several science fiction fanzines like Id, Cosmos, Mantis and Adventure and more. He currently lives with his partner and Playboy Playmate and actress Shannon Lee Tweed with whom he dated for over 28 years. The couple married in 2011 and have two children. Simmons also dated Cher and Diano Ross before.
He was a survivor of the Israel holocaust and frequently advocates on the issues related to war. Simmons is also an entrepreneur and he along with Paul Stanley, and Doc McChee own the LA Kiss Arena Football league team. He also is involved into acting and has appeared on hidden camera prank TV series I Get That a Lot. Some of his notable presence can be seen in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Runaway, Wanted: Dead of Alive, among others. He has also starrted in reality television show ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ that documented his life and his family.
Right after Jared Fogle Subway was charged with cases of child pornography and abuse, a search warrant has been issued on Gene Simmons, despite him not being a prime suspect. As of 2015, Simmons has an estimated net worth of $300 million.
Quick facts about Gene Simmons
Full Name: Chaim Weitz
Profession: Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Actor, Entrepreneur
Height: 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)
Weight: 195 lbs (88 kg)
Date of Birth: August 25, 1949
Place of Birth: Tirat HaCarmel, Israel
Marital status: Married (Shannon Tweed)
Astrological sign: Aries