Gene Simmons, The Net Worth of Kiss’s “Demon”
Gene Simmons is a rock and roll idol which is part of popular rock band Kiss.
In the stage, Gene Simmons always show a heck of a performance to his fans.
Simmons is not just a musician or singer, he’s also a record producer, actor, author, entrepreneur, and TV personality.
He got several nicknames from fans and media.
Gene Simmons is also known as The Demon and The God of Thunder because of his performance as bassist and co-lead singer of the band.
As the most popular rock band in the era, Kiss also did various collaborations with famous musicians such as Garth Brooks (click this link to know more about Garth Brooks net worth).
In Gene Simmons’s 69 age (which is nice), he managed to reach the estimated net worth of $300 million where most of his income comes from music careers.
Early Life, Gene Simmons Young
Gene Simmons was born on August 25, 1949. He was born as Chaim Witz in Rambam Hospital in Israel.
He came from a family that survived the Holocaust and moved to Israel.
Simmons spent his childhood in a Jewish household.
When he was seven, he began to sell wild fruit he had picked with his friend.
His mother and he immigrated to American when Simmons was eight years old.
Then, he changed his name to Eugene Klein. Until now, Gene Simmons’s real name is Gene Klein.
He attended public school after briefly studied in Jewish religious school.
Simmons attended some colleges in New York. Before getting into the music industry, he worked a variety of jobs.
He was an assistant to an editor of Vogue, a fashion magazine, and worked as a grade instructor.
The significant influence of Simmons was the legendary band “The Beatles”.
Gene Simmons Family
Before attaining today’s jaw-dropping Gene Simmons net worth, the musician has a long journey.
Gene Simmons was born to Jewish emigrants from Hungary.
Gene’s mother, Florence Klein was born in Jand, Hungary as Flora Kovacs and she survived from Nazi concentration camps.
Along with her brother, Larry Klein, they were able to survive.
Gene Simmons’ father was a carpenter named Ferenc “Feri” Yehiel Witz.
During his early childhood, Simmons spent his time in Tirat Carmel.
He learned to play guitar for hours.
Unlike some other musician that can be famous from simple guitar chord, such as Fetty Wap (check this for Fetty Wap Net Worth), Gene Simmons has absolute skills in guitar (and bass) by grinding his skills.
Simmons has mentioned that his family was slummy as they had sustain life only with rationed milk and bread.
When moving to the United States, his father stayed in Israel with his other son and daughters.
In the US after briefly attending a Jewish religious school named Yeshiva Torah Voddas and transferred to a public school, Simmons attended Richmond College.
He also attended Sullivan Country Community College in New York.
The Beatles took a major contribution, encouraging Simmons to pursue his career in the music industry.
Even, Simmons said that there was no way he would be doing what he did currently if it was not for the Beatles.
The skinny personals with long hair gave such powerful influence and inspiration to this rock and roll musician.
Gene Simmons Career Before Kiss
Gene Simmons became a part of a band since he was a teenager.
His first band named “Lynx” is renamed as “The Missing Links”.
Simmons disbanded the group to form another band called “Long Island Sound”.
He worked side jobs to get more money while in this band.
Then, Simmons joined a new band “Bullfrog” when he was in College located in Loch Sheldrake, New York.
Gene Simmons formed a rock band “Wicked Lester” in the 1970s with Stanley Eisen.
They recorded one album that never had its chance to be released.
Then, they both decided to walk out from Epic Records and formed an ultimate rock band.
From an ad for the band, they made a drummer, Peter Criss, and a lead guitar Ace Frehley joined the group.
With four members of the band, they named the band as “Kiss”
Gene Simmons in Kiss
Kiss released their debut album, self-titled in 1974.
The Kiss original members were Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley.
Paul Stanley was the lead performer on stage and Gene Simmons took on the role as the driving force behind the stage.
He was the one who took responsibility for the extensive Kiss merchandising franchise.
Simmons’s iconic “Demon” face makeup became his trademark in gaining popularity.
The makeup is inspired by the design of the wing of Black Bolt, a comic book character.
The most iconic gimmick performed by Gene Simmons was spitting blood.
In most of his performances, he did the gimmick for all his fans.
The face makeup of all members of the band became the trademark of Kiss. However, in 1983, their fame was waning.
Then, they decided to took off their makeup and enjoyed their popularity once again which continued into the 1990s.
Some of the original and new members voted out of the band.
Until now, Kiss current members names are known to be:
- Paul Stanley plays vocals and rhythm guitar
- Gene Simmons plays vocals and bass
- Tommy Thayer plays lead guitar, vocals, and backing vocals.
- Eric Singer plays drums, backing vocals, and vocals.
All of the members decided to retire from the band for good.
However, Gene Simmons chose to keep himself alive in the industry of entertainment.
During the resurgence, the one who was voted out was Peter Criss.
The band then sought after a new drummer to fill the vacancy.
Eventually Kiss found Paul Charles Caravello as a new drummer whose stage name was Eric Carr.
This drummer played for Kiss until 1991, the year when he passed away.
In 1995, the band carried out fan conventions of its own.
This convention resulted in another success, thanks to the reunion of original Kiss members.
Kiss’s Alive Worldwide reunion tour in 1996-1997 then became highly successful because of the convention.
The band released Psycho Circus in 1998.
Since this release, the original band formation dissolved once again. This resulted in the replacement of Ace Frechley by Tommy Thayer as a lead guitar and the replacement of Peter Criss by Eric Singer on drums.
Gene Simmons net worth cannot be separated from the success of Kiss songs.
There are some notable songs which cannot be forgotten by its fans such as Rock and Roll All Nite, A World Without Heroes, Deuce, I Love It Loud, Unholy, Calling Dr. Love, Boomerang, Christine Sixteen, You Wanted the Best, and others.
In these songs, the duties of lead vocal are split between Paul Stanley and Simmons.
In 2016, Kiss performed with the finalist The Voice, Sundance, before the final results were revealed featuring the songs Detroit Rock City and Rock and Roll All Nite.
After the show, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley took a photo together with Blake Shelton (Blake Shelton net worth) and other The Voice judges.
Gene Simmons in TV and Film
There are some popular TV projects that Simmons got involved in.
The first one is a cartoon show titled “My Dad the Rock Star”.
The second TV project he involved in was “Mr. Romance”, a show that he hosted and created.
The next project is titled “Rock School”.
It’s a Gene Simmons reality show in which he tries to form a rock band from a group of students.
Another his reality show was “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”.
It’s a documentary reality show about his personal life and Gene Simmons’s family.
Gene Simmons had also made some appearances in a variety of TV shows as a guest.
According to his Filmography, he was involved in a total of 20 films.
Among his film and television career, Simmons appeared on Miami Vice’s The Prodigal Son in 1985.
This episode was a season premiere of its second season.
Simmons also appeared in the I Get That a Lot TV series, playing as a psychic who worked at a bookstore in Venice, California.
Another record of his appearance on TV was also noted when he appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2014 in an episode Long Road Home.
At that time, Simmons played a guest star as himself.
In 2015, Simmons founded Erebus Pictures, a film production company with his first project was entitled Armed Response, which was a horror-thriller film.
Awards and Achievements
With Kiss, Gene Simmons attended many awards shows. Some time ago, Simmons and other Kiss members were seen present at the 2018 Gamer’s Choice Awards.
In fact, they had their picture taken with Lil Yachty (Lil Yachty net worth) on the red carpet.
Here are some awards and achievements received by Gene Simmons during a career in entertainment.
- Simons was awarded the Golden God award by a metal music magazine “Revolver”.
- The Axe bass with his autograph was permanently showcased in Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
- He is an honorary board member of a national nonprofit school called a Little Kids Rock
- The Reial Circle Artistic de Barcelona awarded Simmons with a Golden Medal.
- He granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.
- With his band, he won a lot more awards in various categories.
Gene Simmons Personal Life
Gene Simmons is a fan of science fiction and comic book.
He published some fanzines of science fiction such as Cosmos, Tinderbox, Mantis, Adventure, and more.
He lived in Los Angeles, California with his wife. Gene Simmons current wife is Shannon Lee Tweed.
She’s a former Playboy model and an actress.
Gene Simmons never got a divorce because he never got married before Shannon Lee.
He formerly dated Diana Ross and Cher with live-in relationships.
The height of Gene Simmons is currently 6ft one a half or 186.7 cm.
Gene Simmons and Shannon Lee Tweed eventually got married at the Beverly Hills Hotel on October 1, 2011 after enjoying their happily unmarried status for more than 20 years.
This couple has two children, a son, Nick and a daughter, Sophie.
Nick was born on January 22, 1989 and Sophie was born on July 7, 1992.
Simmons can speak German, Hungarian, English, Japanese, and Hebrew.
The Israeli rock and roll musician visited his birth country in March 2011.
He uttered that a trip to Israel was a life changing experience. He confessed that he was an outsider in America for he was an Israeli.
During his homecoming visit, Simmons visited his half-brother Kobi and half-sisters Sharon, Drora, and Ogenia.
Simmons added that he had a plan to take his band to Israel.
The ardent supporter of Israel spoke in English and Hebrew during a press conference in Israel.
The Net Worth of $300 million
We all know that Gene Simmons’s biggest earnings came from his successful times with Kiss in the 1990s.
As one of the Kiss’s pioneers, his career with the band was extremely successful.
They sold millions of copies worldwide.
Gene Simmons net worth this year would come from his acting career in film, clothing line business, TV show projects, and his own magazines.
In 2013, Simmons bought a house in Los Angeles for his children that worth $2 million.
The rock and roll hall of Famer lived with his family in a multi-million luxurious estate in Beverly Hills.
He also owns a bunch of unique and luxurious cars collection such as the 1970s customed Volkswagen Beetle, Mini Cooper with Kiss Design, and more.
Gene Simmons Net Worth and Philanthropy
Simmons’ net worth of $300 million does not make him forget humanity.
Simmons contributes in ChildFund International’s work.
During his family show, Simmons traveled to Zambia and visited no less than 1400 children he sponsored.
His family received the MEND Humanitarian Award for their support in November 9, 2013.
The award for philanthropic effort was presented by Mel Gibson.
In his speech, Simmons recalled his difficult childhood in Israeli.
He also remember how his mother was so excited when receiving a Care box.
Gene Simmons Controversy and Comments
The following list includes some controversies during Simmons’ life journey:
1. Controversy with Fox
November, 2017, Simmons showed up on Fox & Friends to promote his new book.
But surprisingly he burst into a staff meeting, uninvited.
He yanked his shirt and told jokes.
The next day, Fox News announced that Gene Simmons had been banned from Fox programs.
Other controversy came from his public statement.
He has boasted about committing promiscuity with thousands of women.
He claimed that he had bedded no less than 5,000 women in 2010.
Comments about Islam also took Simmons into a dangerous position.
3. Islam comments
In 2004, during an interview about Islamic extremists, Simmons said that Islam was a vile culture.
He also mentioned that Muslim women were not allowed to be educated, nor to own houses. This comment triggered Susan Carland, Australian’s Muslim of the year to react.
Later, Simons clarified his statement on his website, saying it was Muslim extremists he had been talking about instead of Muslim in general.
Gene Simmons Today
October 2019, Simmons underwent a medical procedure in Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles. His wife, Tweed, posted on Instagram with Simmons sitting in a wheelchair.
Tweed confirmed that her husband underwent a surgery.
Due to this medical procedure, some Kiss tours were delayed.
The rock and roll band was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City for End of the Road World tour when Simmons announced the tour was delayed.
The Kiss’ world tour which was launched in January is scheduled to be wrapped up mid-2020.
Gene Simmons is a rock and roll hall of Famer who was one of the pioneers of the popular rock band “Kiss”.
He has an estimated net worth of $300 million from his business, films, appearances, and more.
He’s no longer a band member but he keeps himself active in Entertainment Industry.