Who is Eddie Van Halen and what is his net worth 2018? Eddie Van Halen is a musician who is the lead guitarist of the band ‘Van Halen’. He is also a producer and songwriter. He is also the co-founder of Van Halen and is also an occasional keyboardist. He has been regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in rock music’s history. He was voted at the top spot in “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in Guitar World magazine poll. Van Halen has recorded a number of albums and has also worked with other artists. He has also provided a score in several films and has written songs for top artists.
Edward Lodewijk Van Halen was born on January 26, 1955, in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He was born to Jan Van Halen who was a musician and Eugenia van Halen. In 1962, his family moved to Pasadena in California, USA. He has an older brother named Alex and both of them are naturalised US citizens.
He learned to play guitar when he was six years old. He won the first prize at the annual piano competition from 1964 to 1967. He formed a band with his Alex and three other friends and called it ‘The Broken Combs’. He attended the Hamilton Elementary School and used to perform with his band in the lunchtime.
In April 1981, Eddie Van Halen married an actress, Valerie Bertinelli. They have a son named Wolfgang born in March 1991. The couple got divorced in December 2007. In June 2009, he married Janie Liszewski.
In 1972, Van Halen formed a band called ‘Genesis’ which was renamed to ‘Mammoth’. The name of the band was changed to ‘Van Halen’ after it was found that there was another band with the name ‘Mammoth’. In 1978, the band released their first self-titled album with Warner Bros. Records. He then went on to release other albums with singer David Lee Roth including ‘Van Halen II’, ‘Women and Children First’, ‘Fair Warning’, ‘Driver Down’, and ‘1984’.
The single “Jump” from the album ‘1984’ became a number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1985, the band was joined by vocalist Sammy Hagar. With him, the band recorded the albums ‘5150’, ‘OU812’, ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’, ‘Balance’, and the live album ‘Live: Right Here, Right Now’. All the studio release peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts. Sammy Hagar then left the band and was rejoined by David Lee Roth.
In 1996, they released the album ‘Best Of – Volume I’ which included the singles “Can’t Get This Stuff No More” and “Me Wise Magic”. In 1998, ‘Van Halen III’ was released. In 2004, the band released the greatest hit package called ‘The Best of Both Worlds’. Another album called ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ was released in 2012. This was their first album with David Lee Roth after 14 years.
For his work on electric guitars, Van Halen has been placed on Hollywood Rock Walk with Jimi Hendrix and Slash. With the band ‘Van Halen’, Eddie has won the 1992 American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album. In the same year, they also won the Grammy for their album ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’. They have won four MTV Video Music Awards out of eleven nominations.
Eddie Van Halen Net Worth
Eddie Van Halen became influenced by music at a very young age. He switched on to guitar from piano after listening to his brother Alex. He has been regarded as one of the best guitarist alive today. Eddie Van Halen’s net worth is an estimated $95 million. He owes his fortune to the sale of his albums. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has released 12 studio albums with ‘Van Halen’.
He has also worked on another project outside his band. In 1982, he played his guitar for the song “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. He has also collaborated with other guitarists including Brian May of Queen. Eddie has also played guitar on the sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’.
Van Halen is the inventor on ‘US 4656917’, ‘US 7183475’ and ‘D388117’. He underwent tongue cancer surgery in 2000 and was declared cancer free in 2002.