- Birth Name: Chaim Witz
- Date of Birth: August 25th, 1949
- Place of Birth: Israel
- Profession: Singer, songwriter, guitarist,
actor, record producer, and teacher
- Marital Status: Married to Shannon Tweed
Net Worth History of Gene Simmons
One KISS concert made over $600,000 in merchandise sales and the brand is visible on a variety of products, including guitar picks and coffins. More than 3,000 items are licensed to carry the KISS logo and this creates revenue over 500 million American dollars. In addition, there is a KISS golf course in Las Vegas, NV; a coffee house in Myrtle Beach, SC; and a restaurant chain known as “Rock and Brews”. KISS debuted in 1974 and since that time, more than 80 million albums were sold and they played more than 2,000 concerts around the world that entertained loyal fans (known as the: KISS army).
The famous tongue that Gene Simmons is noted for, measures seven (7) inches long. He is also a professional fire breather and he can reach 15 feet, which is a huge feat considering 27 feet is the longest flame in recorded history.
The KISS band consisted of Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. They rehearsed continuously for six months and then were ready to make a public appearance. There creative makeup became a signature for the band. They enjoyed several years of success, but soon broke up. In 1983, they came together again and made a decision to perform without their signature makeup and their popularity took a giant leap forward.
It was during this time that Simmons wanted more out of life and began to expand his horizons and accept some acting gigs. He also formed his own record label (known as Simmons Recording).
Beyond KISS, Simmons reality show “Family Jewels” also added to his total net worth. He is an excellent business man and invested well which brought his total net worth to 300 million dollars.
About Gene Simmons
Once leaving Israel at age 8 and moving to Queens, NYC, he changed his name from Chaim Witz to Eugene Klein. He first became interested in music after seeing The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. His mother purchased a second hand guitar to encourage this interest.
Some of the nicknames that Gene Simmons answers to include: Gene the Nazarene, The Demon, Genie and Dr. Love.
Gene Simmons speaks Hebrew, Hungarian, High German and Japanese as well as being fluent in the English language. Simmons hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education and prior to KISS, he taught 6th grade students in Spanish Harlem, NY.
Simmons never did drugs or drank because of his mother. He made a decision early on in his life that he would not use drugs because he didn’t want to break his mother’s heart by becoming addicted to drugs, especially since she had been through so much surviving the Holocaust. In fact, there was a time in Simmons life that he considered becoming a rabbi.
In addition to Simons Records, Gene Simmons also owns “Women of Wrestling League” that includes a magazine and a clothing line. He is also the founder of Simmons Publishing and his own talk radio show.
Gene Simmons said that he would like “Thank you and goodnight” written on his tombstone when he leaves this earth as he has no regrets in life.