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Net Worth:
$80 Million
Mar 15, 1941 (82 years old)
Los Angeles
6 ft (1.85 m)
Singer, Songwriter
United States of America
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What is Mike Love's net worth?

Mike Love is an American musician, singer, songwriter and activist who has a net worth of $80 million. Mike Love co-founded the Beach Boys with his cousins Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, and Dennis Wilson and their friend Al Jardine. He served as one of the band's vocalists and lyricists, co-writing such hit records as "I Get Around," "California Girls," and "Good Vibrations." However, many of Love's contributions remained unrecognized until the 90s, when he sued Brian Wilson for writing credits on upwards of 30 songs. Today Mike is the only person legally allowed to tour using the band's name. Mike's brother Stan Love is a retired NBA player. Stan's son NBA star Kevin Love.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Mike Love was born in 1941 in Los Angeles, California, the first of six children of parents Emily and Edward. As a young adult, he went to Dorsey High School, graduating in 1959. Uncertain about the direction of his career, Love pumped gas and temporarily joined his father's sheet metal company. Meanwhile, he flexed his vocal skills at family get-togethers with his cousins, the Wilsons, with whom he often sang. When Love's father's company fell on hard times, the family moved to Inglewood, closer to where the Wilsons resided.

At the beginning of his music career, Love played saxophone in a garage band called the Pendletones. Along with Brian Wilson, neighbor Gary Usher, and local DJ Roger Christian, he established himself as a collaborator on the band's original compositions. Love drew inspiration from Chuck Berry and songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, bringing doo-wop and R&B influences to the group's music. The Pendletones would eventually evolve into the band known as the Beach Boys.

"Smile" and "Wild Honey"

Internal conflict in the Beach Boys was sparked in 1964, when Brian Wilson started to shift the band away from beach-themed surf music. According to many reports, Love resisted this new direction. Many people, including session musician Van Dyke Parks, subsequently blamed Love for the collapse of the Beach Boys' album "Smile." However, Love has disputed this accusation. In 1967, he returned to cowriting duties on the album "Wild Honey," the Beach Boys' first R&B project.

Transcendental Meditation and Tour

Later in 1967, Love became one of the numerous rock musicians who embraced the transcendental meditation technique of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Love and the Beach Boys attended many public appearances by the Maharishi, including ones in Paris, New York, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. After the latter appearance, the Maharishi invited Love to join the Beatles at a training seminar in Rishikesh, India. While there, Love planned a US concert tour with both the Beach Boys and the Maharishi as headliners. The tour launched in May of 1968, but ended after only five shows due to underwhelming audience numbers. Love still remained an avid supporter of the Maharishi, and even became a transcendental meditation initiator in 1972.

Mike Love Net Worth

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Beach Boys in the 70s and 80s

In the 70s and 80s, Love wrote the music and lyrics of many Beach Boys tracks, including "Big Sur" and "Sumahama." One of his greatest professional successes came in 1988, when he and the band had a US number-one hit with "Kokomo." The song went on to receive Grammy and Golden Globe Award nominations. Also in 1988, Love and his bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In the early 90s, along with Al Jardine and several members of the Wilson family, Love sued Brian Wilson for defamation regarding claims he made in his recent memoir. The case was settled out of court in what marked the first of multiple lawsuits Love filed against Brian. A couple of years later, Love won a legal proceeding giving him proper authorship credit for many of the songs he cowrote for the Beach Boys. Mike successfully argued that Murry Wilson avoided crediting him for his early lyrical contributions, consequently denying him royalties. He was awarded cowriting credit on 35 songs and $13 million to cover unpaid royalties. Love still remains uncredited on over 40 of the band's songs he claims to have cowritten.

Following Carl Wilson's death in 1998, Love continued to tour with the Beach Boys, having leased exclusive rights to tour under the band's name. More legal disputes followed, as Love sued former bandmate Al Jardine for using the name during his tour. Although the courts ultimately ruled in Love's favor, Jardine went on to appeal the decision, seeking $4 million in damages. The case was finally settled out of court.

Anniversary Tour and Autobiography

Love reunited with Jardine, Johnston, Brian Wilson, and David Marks in 2011 for both a new Beach Boys album and a 50th anniversary tour. Following the end of the tour, the band dropped Wilson, Jardine, and Marks. Later, in 2016, Love released his autobiography "Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy." The book was intended to address many of the alleged inaccuracies that had been spoken about Love over the years.

Other Music Projects

While he was still with the Beach Boys in 1978, Love co-founded the band Celebration, which had a top-30 hit in the US with the single "Almost Summer." A few years later, Love released his debut solo album, "Looking Back with Love." He didn't release a follow-up until 2017 with "Unleash the Love." The next year, Love put out a third solo album called "Reason for the Season," which featured both original and traditional Christmas music. A fourth solo album, "12 Sides of Summer," was released in 2019.

Personal Life and Activism

Since 1994, Love has been wed to Jacquelyne Piesen. He has two children with her and six others from his four previous marriages. Love lives in Incline Village, Nevada.

Love has been dedicated to activism and charity throughout his career. He has been involved in many projects advocating for such subjects as music education, environmentalism, and youth diabetes.

Real Estate

In July 2009 Mike paid $4.65 million for an incredible 18,500 square foot mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The 12-bedroom, 18-bathroom estate is situated on 3.4 acres of an exclusive gated community. The mansion has an enormous, resort-like pool, multiple large lawns, tennis court and much more. He listed the home in April 2020 for $8.7 million and he sold the home in March 2021 for $7 million, here's a video tour:

Mike's primary residence since 2002 has been a mansion in Incline Village, Nevada. The 2.5 acre property has a 17,000 square foot mansion and is located within a gated golf course community.

Mike also owns a 15+ acre estate on the Hawaiian island of Maui near the town of Hana. In the mid-1980s he paid $1.25 million for a 14-acre estate. In 1989 he bought the property next door for $1 million. The sellers in the second example was Ann Morrow Lindbergh, the widow of aviator Charles Lindbergh.

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