Eddie Van Halen Net Worth
Eddie Van Halen net worth: Eddie Van Halen is a Dutch-American guitarist, songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and inventor who has a net worth of $100 million. He is the main songwriter and founder—with brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Michael Anthony, and singer David Lee Roth—of the American hard rock band Van Halen. He is generally recognized as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time.
Early Life: Edward Lodewijk Van Halen was born on January 26, 1955, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is the son of Jan and Eugenia van Halen. Jan van Halen was a Dutch clarinetist, saxophonist, and pianist, and Eugenia van Halen was from the island of Java in Indonesia. The family eventually resettled in Nijmegen. He has an older brother, Alex. In February 1962, the Van Halen family moved from the Netherlands to the United States, settling in Pasadena, California. Both Eddie and his older brother, Alex van Halen, are naturalized U.S. citizens. The brothers learned to play the piano as children. Eddie Van Halen has never been able to read music. Instead, he learned from watching and listening. During recitals of Bach and Mozart, he improvised. From 1964 through 1967, he won first place in the annual piano competition held at Long Beach City College. However, playing the piano did not prove to be challenging or interesting to him, so when Alex began playing the guitar, Eddie bought a drum kit and began practicing for hours every day.
After Eddie heard Alex's performance of The Surfaris' drum solo in the song "Wipe Out," he decided to switch instruments and began learning how to play the electric guitar. According to Eddie, as a teen, he would often practice while walking around at home with his guitar strapped on or sitting in his room for hours with the door locked. Eddie and Alex formed their first band with three other boys, calling themselves The Broken Combs, performing at lunchtime at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena, where Eddie was in the fourth grade. Eddie would later say that this was when he first felt the desire to become a professional musician.
Career: Eddie and Alex Van Halen formed a band called Mammoth in 1972. In 1974, the band changed its name to Van Halen. Van Halen became a staple of the Los Angeles music scene during the mid-1970s, playing at well-known clubs like the Whisky a Go-Go. In 1977, Warner Bros. Records offered Van Halen a recording contract.
Upon its release, Van Halen reached number 19 on the Billboard pop music charts, becoming one of rock's most commercially successful debuts. It was highly regarded as both a heavy metal and hard rock album. By the early 1980s, Van Halen was one of the most successful rock acts of the time. The album 1984 went five-times platinum after a year of release. The lead single "Jump" became the band's first and only number one pop hit and garnered them a Grammy nomination.
The band won the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal for the album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. Additionally, Van Halen has charted 13 number-one hits in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. VH1 ranked the band seventh on a list of the top 100 hard rock artists of all time. In January 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Eddie was ranked #1 in a Guitar World magazine reader's poll of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time in 2012. Van Halen was also ranked #8 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 greatest guitarists in 2011. The band Van Halen has released a total of 12 studio albums and their albums 5150 in 1986, OU812 in 1988, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge in 1991, and Balance in 1995 all reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Their single "Jump" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and their singles "(Oh) Pretty Woman," "Why Can't This Be Love," "Black and Blue," "When It's Love," "Poundcake," "Runaround," "Top of the World," "Won't Get Fooled Again" (live), "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)," "Humans Being," "Me Wise Magic," and "Without You" all reached #1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.
Eddie has played guitar on several movie soundtracks including "Back To The Future," "Over The Top," "Twister," and "Lethal Weapon 4.". He also played guitar on Michael Jackson's "Beat It."
Personal Life: Eddie van Halen met actress Valerie Bertinelli at a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 29, 1980. They married on April 11, 1981, in California. They have one son together, Wolfgang (born 1991). In December 2005, Bertinelli filed for divorce in Los Angeles after four years of separation from Eddie. Their divorce was finalized in December 2007.
In 1999, Eddie underwent hip replacement surgery as a result of lingering injuries from the acrobatic stage antics (and crashes) of Van Halen's stage shows. Eddie Van Halen began receiving treatment for tongue cancer in 2000. The subsequent surgery removed roughly a third of his tongue. He was declared cancer-free in 2002.
Van Halen has struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse. He began smoking and drinking at age 12, and that he eventually needed alcohol to function. Van Halen entered rehab in 2007. In a 2015 interview, Van Halen stated that he had been sober since 2008.
On October 6, 2008, Van Halen proposed to his girlfriend, Janie Liszewski, an actress and stunt-woman who became Van Halen's publicist in 2007. The two married on June 27, 2009, at his Studio City estate, with his son Wolfgang and Bertinelli in attendance. Eddie's brother Alex officiated the ceremony, while his son served as best man.
In August 2012, Van Halen underwent emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis.
In late 2019, it was revealed that Eddie was once again battling tongue cancer and had been for the past five years. He sought regular radiation treatments in Germany. In November 2019, he was hospitalized with complications from cancer treatments. He apparently had a bad reaction to the prescription drugs he was taking to battle the disease, resulting in severe abdominal pain.
Real Estate: Eddie van Halen has lived in a 10,000-square-foot home in the Coldwater Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles since the early 1980s. Called the 5150 Estate, it is where he built the detached 5150 Studio in which Van Halen has recorded every one of their albums since 1984,
Eddie Van Halen
|Net Worth:||$100 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jan 26, 1955 (65 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Profession:||Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Keyboard Player, Record producer, Author, Bassist, Drummer|
|Nationality:||United States of America|