Gene Simmons is an American rock singer. He is also the co-founder of the band Kiss. The brand became extremely successful in the 1970s and reached the peak of success in the 1990s. The famous singer has earned over 100 million records worldwide.
Gene Simpsons has an estimated net worth of $400 million. His net worth is the result of his record sales and successful tours. The majority of Gene’s net worth comes from Kiss licensing deals. The brand has helped him earn over 5,000 different. The brand has earned him over $1 billion in licensing fees.
Gene Simmons was born Chaim Witz on August 25th, 1949 in Haifa, Israel. Gene and his family lived in the Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust. Gene left Israel at the age of 8 and he moved to Jackson Heights. He found interest in music and became a secondhand guitar. When he was in high school, he joined The Long Island sounds.
Simmons was a teacher for a brief time and he taught grade school in Spanish Harlem. Simmons later joined a new band, Bullfrog Beer, and they released a new song and demo Leeta. (It was later included on the Kiss box set.)
Simons met Stanley Eisen and they decided to form a band “Wicked Lester”. The band had to face failure but Simmons soon joined guitarist Paul Frehley. They released their debut album in February 1974 and established the merchandise.
The band released another album and it became a hit. This made Kiss return to the limelight. Kiss made an appearance in 1995 on MTV’s Unplugged. The band also hosted fan meetings in 1995. Kiss went on a highly successful Alive Worldwide Reunion tour.
They released another album, Psycho Circus, which was a success as well. Simmons co-produced the film “Detroit Rock City”. Simmons released music with Kiss but he also entered the reality television business and launched his own reality show Rock School and Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
Simmons was rumored to be in live-in relationships with Cher and Diana Ross. He got married to his long-time lover Shannon Tweed, in 2011. The couple had dated for 28 years. They live together in Beverly Hills, California. Simmons is a fan of science fiction and comic books.
Simmons was a strong supporter of the foreign policy of George W. Bush and supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In 2010, Simmons stated that he had regrets over voting for Barack Obama. He also criticized his health care reforms that he established in the year 2009. He supported Mitt Romney for the president seat.
He is also a philanthropist and has raised money for ChildFund International. He went to Zambia and visited the children that he had sponsored. He has sponsored more than 1400 children. He received the MEND Humanitarian Award for making efforts and contributing to the charity Mending Kids International.