Eddie Van Halen is a Dutch – American musician, producer, and songwriter. He is well known as a co-founder of the rock band Van Halen together with his brother. Eddie is also a keyboardist and a guitarist. Here is a quick summary of the net worth, career and earnings of Eddie Van Halen in 2018.
Early life and Biography
Eddie Van Halen was born on January 26, 1955, in Nijmegen, Netherlands. His official names are Edward Lodewijk Van Halen. His parents were Jan Van Halen who was a pianist, clarinetist & Saxophonist and Eugenia Van Halen. Eddie had an older brother Alex Van Halen.
The family migrated to the US in 1962 when Eddie was seven years old. The brothers started learning music at an early age where they were taught classical piano lessons by a senior man in San Pedro.
1n 1964 Edward won the first position at the ‘Long Beach City College’ annual piano competition. He held the number one position for three years. He later changed and started playing drums but was still not contented until he then switched to guitar.
Together with his brother Alex and three friends, they formed a band called ‘The Broken Combs.’ This was when Eddie was on the fourth grade at Hamilton Elementary School.
Edward married Valarie Bertinelli who was an actress on 11, April 1981 in California. Ten years later the couple was blessed with a son Wolfgang Van Halen on 16, March 1991. Eddie’s father died in 1986, and he had to struggle with alcohol and drug abuse issues for many years.
His marriage to Valarie came to an end in December 2005 when she filed for a divorce which was finalized on March 2007. He married his publicist Janie Liszewski later that year. The ceremony was officiated by his brother Alex who had already claimed sobriety and Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’ son was the best man.
Eddie was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer but was treated between 2000 and 2002. He is at the frontline in giving back to the society as he has donated a total of 75 of his guitars to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
Career, awards, and nominations
Eddie’s career started at an early age, and he co-founded a band in 1972 called Genesis. The group was later renamed to Van Halen after frontman David Lee Roth joined in. To date, Van Halen has released a total of 12 studio albums. In 1984 they released a single that reached the number one slot on the Billboard Hot 100. That single was titled the ‘Jump’. All their songs performed very well and another single ‘Hot for Teacher’ reached number two on the Billboard after the ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson.
Van Halen has sold over 56 Million copies in the US alone, and they are ranked 19th best sellers of all timed. Through his career, Eddie featured eighth on the rank at the Rolling Stone List of top 100 guitarists. In 2012 the ‘Guitar World Magazine’ conducted a reader poll for ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,’ and Eddie was voted number one. Van Halen is among the five rock music groups that have sold more than 10 Million copies of their two albums in the US.
Net Worth & Earnings:
The guitarist has created a wealth worth $110 Million. His fortune is from his music career. His commitment and dedication to music have made him who he is today and has earned him what he has. His music is still selling, and this means an addition to his worth.
Eddie Van Halen has a musical career of more than five decades, and he has changed the rock music industry. He has proven himself to be one of the most influential guitarists in rock music. He owes the success of his life to his career as a guitarist.