Billy Idol is a professional songwriter, musician, actor and pop singer of the English origin. He became famous in the early 1970s when he was a member of a punk rock band by the name of Generation X. most of his international recognition came after he embarked on a career as a solo artist. Know more about the net worth of Billy Idol in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
He was born to Anglican parents on November 30th 1955 and given the name of William Michael Albert Broad. He was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, but when he was two years old, his parents moved to New York, only to get back to England after four years.
He grew up together with his younger sister by the name of Jane Broad. For his education, he attended Ravensbourne School for Boys, Worthing High School, before joining the University of Sussex for a degree in English. He dropped out of college after one year and joined a musical gang.
Billy was in a relationship with a former actress and model Perri Lister. In June 1988, they got a son whom they called William Wolf Broad. The following year, Billy and Peri broke up following Billy’s rumoured affairs. His son is a member of ‘FIM’ rock band.
Billy then started dating a 19-year-old actress Linda Mathis in 1989. They had another child called Bonnie Blue Broad in 1989. Later they separated and went different ways and eventually divorced.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
Idol began a career as a guitarist in 175 when he joined the band by the name of ‘Chelsea’. After a while, he left the band alongside Tony James who was his bandmate and together they formed ‘Generation X.’
The band became famous very first, and they even got a chance to perform a music chart on BBC Television program known as TOTP. The band was later signed by Chrysalis Records where they released a couple of commercially successful songs. Billy left the music group in 1981 to go on a solo career.
His debut solo album was released in 1982, and it was entitled, Billy Idol. The album was well received and became a major hit. It rose to the 45th position on the Billboard 200. His next album was called ‘Rebel Yell,’ released in 1983.
His other studio albums include ‘Happy Holidays’, Charmed Life,’ ‘Cyberpunk’, among others. He has a total of 8 studio albums most of which are great hits. For his efforts, Billy was nominated for MTV Video Music Awards 10 times and won once. Ge was also nominated for Grammy Awards three times for different categories.
Net Worth & Earnings
The total wealth of this famed musician is estimated to be over $60 million. This is an enormous success for him in the music industry. He got most of his money from his career in music, as a singer and a songwriter as well. Most of his albums were internationally successful.
Billy Idol is a real legend in the rock music industry. He produced studio albums that became huge hits both locally and internationally. On top of that, he was once ranked position 55 on the ‘100 Sexiest Artists’ list. This means he has had success and fame in his career over the years. He is indeed an icon.