Gene Simmons s a rock bassist, singer-songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and actor. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bassist/co-vocalist of Kiss, a hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. With Kiss, Gene Simmons has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
Gene Simmons is a playable character in Tony Hawk’s Underground, unlocked when completing the story mode on Normal difficulty, and also appears with his Kiss bandmates in the Hotter Than Hell level to play one of three songs upon collecting the four K-I-S-S letters.
Gene Simmons’ Kiss character, The Demon, is a playable character in Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child. Simmons also has a large role in the 2010 music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. In addition to narrating the main storyline and doing advertising for the game, the Kiss song “Love Gun” is playable.
In 2002, Gene Simmons launched Gene Simmons’ Tongue, a men’s lifestyle magazine. The magazine lasted five issues before being discontinued.
In the mid-2000s, Simmons was a principal investor in “Gene Simmons’ Toyota” in Newbridge, New Jersey. As a public service, he would discuss the dealership and give financial advice on a local high school radio station.
How Gene Simmons Made His Money – Singer, Songwriter and Entrepreneur
Estimated Net Worth: $300 Million
Birthday: August 25, 1949
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