David Lee Roth, the songwriter, actor, and author is best known for his front man career for the successful rock band Van Halen, helping Roth to secure a net worth of $40 million. Born in 1954, David Lee Roth took an interest in music at a very early age through spending time at his uncle, Manny Roth's Café Wha?, where Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix worked in the early 1960s.
In 1973 Roth joined the band Mammoth with brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen, which would later be named Van Halen after finding their name being used by another band. The band released their debut album in 1978, launching them into success for their showmanship and behind the scenes antics. They released five more albums in the next six years, each increasing the popularity of the band. By 1983 they were paid $1.5 million to play one set at a festival.
Roth released a solo EP in early 1985, which included the single "California Girls." Later that year he split from Van Halen and continued with his solo career, releasing Eat 'Em and Smile, and later Skyscraper, which graced Roth with his first international hit, "Just Like Paradise." Roth released two other solo albums, A Little Ain't Enough in '91, and Your Filthy Little Mouth in '94, before taking hiatus from music and working as an EMT in the late 90s. Roth then reunited with Van Halen to record the Best Of Volume 1, but after an infamous appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, Roth left again to write a memoir titled Crazy From Heat, published in '97.
In February of 2007, David Lee Roth reunited with Van Halen once again, and the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March of that year. The band began their reunion tour in September, which would gross more than $93 million, the highest of any North American tour in the band's history.