Tom Morello is a singer, actor, songwriter and a political activist from America. He is famed for as the lead guitarist of the ‘Rage Against The Machine’ music band. The is known for his unique guitar playing skills as well as creativity. He holds position 26 on the Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitarists. Here is a quick summary of the net worth, career and earnings of Tom Morello in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
His full names are Thomas Baptist Morello, born in Harlem, New York City on May 30, 1964. His parents were Ng’ethe Njoroge, who was a Kikuyu from Kenya, and Mary Morello, an American of Irish and Italian descent. His mother worked as a school teacher and used to travel around the world.
His father was the first Kenyan ambassador in the United Nations. He denied the paternity of his son and returned to his native land when Morello was 16 months old.
Morello attended Libertyville High School from where he grew up in Illinois. He then went to Harvard University, from where he graduated in 1986 with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in social studies.
Morello is married to Denise Morello, and the two are parents to two sons. Morello is heavily involved in activism. He has participated in several protests for different causes. He is also a member of the Industrial Workers of the World labor union. He is also involved in politics and has attended or performed in several political rallies.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
For Morello, music was in his blood, and he became a member of a band at an early age of 13. The group went by the name of ‘Led Zeppelin Cover Band.’ The same year, he managed to buy his first guitar. He formed ‘Electric Sheep’ in 1984, alongside Adam Jones. Morello wrote original songs that contained politically charged lyrics.
Together with other members, they formed ‘Rage Against The Machine’ band in 1991. The group was signed in by Epic Records in 1992, and they released their self-titled album the same year. They had much success and even released more studio albums. The band disbanded in 2000.
Morello later formed the band ‘Audioslave’ with some other members. The band released only three albums and later broke up. Tom formed a solo band by the name of ‘The Night Watchman’ in 2003. His band was known to play a lot of folk music.
Apart from singing, Tom appeared in films like ‘Iron Maiden,’ ‘Sounds Like a Revolution,’ among others. He as well wrote a comic book entitled ‘Orchid.’
For his outstanding skills as a musician, he has been nominated ten times for Grammy Awards, winning twice. He was also awarded a Humanitarian Award for his efforts in humanitarian activities.
Net Worth & Earnings
The estimated net worth of the music icon is $35 million. This wealth has come from different sources, but his music career is the primary source. Acting is another area that has given him a considerable amount of wealth as well as the sale of his comic book.
Tom Morello is an achiever. He has achieved a lot of success in different areas in the entertainment industry. It has not come on a silver platter though; he had to sweat it out to get to where he is today. The outcome of his efforts is evident in not only his fame but also in his wealth. He has earned every penny that he owns today.