Who is Billie Joe Armstrong and what is his net worth 2018? Billie Joe Armstrong is a successful American music personality and one of the finest songwriter, lead vocalist in the punk rock genre. Armstrong has earned massive success and adulation as guitarist as well as vocalist of America’s iconic band Green Day. He is also a regular fixture in the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder in the same role.
Oakland born Billie Joe Armstrong was smitten by music since the age of five when he recorded his very first song. Armstrong formed a band named Sweet Children along with elementary schoolmate Mike Dirnt, he was barely 15 at the time. Later, the same band came to be known as Green Day and the rest as they say is history. Green Day became massively successful as band with their second album Dookie (1994) selling over 60 million copies worldwide.
More success followed for Armstrong both as band member for Green day and with Pinhead Gunpowder and Norah Jones to name a few. The marquee achievement for Armstrong has to be Green Day’s first rock opera American Idiot which released in 2004 packed with many hit singles like American Idiot, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Wake me up when September ends.
Billie Joe Armstrong has also been part of thirteen films so far in his celluloid career mostly playing himself. Out of these, he has lent his voice for two movies namely Live Freaky! Die Freaky! (2006) and The Simpsons movie (2007)
Billie Joe Armstrong came from a family based in Oakland, California and was raised in Rodeo. His father Andrew Armstrong was a jazz musician and mother Ollie Jackson at one Rod’s Hickory pit restaurant, incidentally the place where Billie performed his first gig. His father even worked as truck driver to support his family of wife and his six children of which Billie Joe was the youngest.
Education: Armstrong was educated in Hillcrest Elementary School in Rodeo, California. Later he moved to Carquinez Middle School and John Swett High School, Crockett. He transferred to Pinole Valeey High School, Pinole only to drop out on his 18th birthday 1990 to set forth on a journey to fulfill his musical ambitions.
Billie Joe Armstrong interesting facts and controversies
Like any other musicians, there are many weird and interesting facts about Billie Joe Armstrong
• He is a bisexual and went far as saying that every person is born as one but fear the taboo involved with the issue.
• He was arrested for going full monty on stage in Milwaukee, 1995.
• His ancestry includes Scotch-Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Spanish, German and Welsh.
• Armstrong lost his cool during one of the live performances in Las Vegas accusing the organizers of cutting his performance short.
• Despite being stage performer, he reveals he is awkward in social situations.
Billie Joe Armstrong Net Worth
Billie Joe Armstrong’s net worth is $60 million. Unsurprisingly, major chunk of his income comes from the record sales of his albums he released under the band Green Day over the years. His individual earnings have been anywhere between $30,000 in the initial years as member of Green Day to $646,000 as recently as 2012 when the album Uno hit the charts. Other sources that have added to his net worth include film, television, global stage performances and even video games.
It could be opined that Billie Joe Armstrong’s business model is rather ambitious and ready to take a big leap. Despite being commercially successful as musician for two bands, he has not slowed down in his business venture’s expansion process. This gets corroborated by the fact that he co-founded Adeline Records that specifically labels rock punk rock music; the company that has been in business since 1997 has Pat Magnarella as its present manager.
In another venture in his home city Oakland, Armstrong owns a guitar shop named Broken Guitars with Bill Schneider, member of Pinhead Gunpowder and longtime Green Day associate. 2015 saw Armstrong going out of his territory of music to launch a coffee company named Oakland Coffee Works for which he had Mike Dirnt as his partner. The organic coffee beans selling company boasts of using mass-produced compostable bags and pods.
Billie Joe Armstrong is a multifaceted talent who continues to enjoy popularity even in the era of the likes of Justin Bieber, Eminem and other big things of music. Apart from music, he has acted as voice actor two video games as well which goes to show his popularity across various creative platforms. With huge hits from his band’s albums in the past, there is no dearth of stage performances which adds volumes to his wallet!