Chester Bennington Net Worth, How did the late lead vocalist of Linkin Park acquire such wealth and fame? Check this article to find out more about Chester Bennington Net Worth, his career and his personal life.
About Chester Bennington
Chester Bennington was an American singer famous as the lead vocalist of Linkin Park. He is renowned for his powerful screams, aggressive singing, and melodic singing.
He also made several cameo appearances in movies and highly considered as one of the top rock musicians of the 2000s.
So what is Chester Bennington Net Worth? Continue reading to find out more about Chester Bennington Net Worth.
|Full Name:||Chester Charles Bennington|
|Profession:||Actor, Songwriter, Musician|
|Date of Birth /Death:||March 20, 1967 to July 20, 2017|
|Net Worth:||$30 Million|
Chester Bennington Early Life and Career
Chester Charles Bennington was born on March 20, 1967, in Phoenix. He had three siblings, his brother Brian, and two-sisters. His dad was a police officer while his mum a nurse. Unfortunately, his parents divorced when he was 11-years-old
He began showing interest in music at a very early age, drawing inspiration from the bands Depeche Modes and Stone Temple Pilots (which he later became their lead singer).
At age 7, Chester was a victim of sexual abuse from an older male friend. As a child, he was scared to report the abuser to his parents or ask for help because he thought people would think he was lying or was turning gay.
The abuse continued till he later opened up about his abuse as a child to his father years later, revealing the identity of the abuser but chose not to press charges after he realized the abuser was also a victim of the same abuse.
The effect of his parents divorce and the trauma from his sexual abuse had strong effect on him, which at that time, gave him a homicidal feeling and thought for people around him. His father had to take custody of him after the divorce. Later on, Bennington plunged into alcohol and drugs addiction.
Bennington moved in with his mother at age 17. When his mother discovered his drug addiction, she banned him from leaving the house. He later worked at a Burger King restaurant before landing into his musical career.
In 1992, he started his musical career as a vocalist with a band called Sean Dowdell and His Friends. The band did a few eponymous cassettes in 1993. Then after which Bennington and Dowdell formed a new band called Grey Daze. The band recorded three studio albums before Chester left in 1998 but struggled to find another one.
Bennington was frustrated at the absence of opportunity and almost gave up on his music dream before he was met by Jeff Blue who offered him an opportunity to audition with the future members of Linkin Park.
However, his audition went successful and he joined Linkin Park (who were known as Xero then). After signing a recording deal with Warner Bros. Records, Linkin Park released their debut album titled, Hybrid Theory on October 24, Bennington starred as Linkin Park’s lead vocalist but often shared the position with Shinoda.
In 2005, Bennington co-founded the musical group ‘Dead by Sunrise‘ and they made their debut performance in 2008 as they performed 4 songs at the 13th Anniversary for Club Tattoo in Tempe, Arizona. A year after, the band released their debut album titled ‘Out of Ashes’ which released in 2009.
In 2013, he was recruited as a replacement for Scott Weiland, the long-time lead vocalist for the musical group ‘Stone Temple Pilot’. He stated in an interview reflecting his desire to joining the band saying, ‘Every band has its own kind of vibe. Stone Temple Pilots has this sexier, more classic rock feels to it. This band is a very modern, very tech-heavy type of band. I grew up listening to these guys. When this opportunity came up, it was just like a no-brainer.’ However, Bennington and Stone Temple Pilot part ways in 2015 due to his commitment to Linkin Park.
Chester Bennington Net Worth
As of today, Chester Bennington Net Worth would be $30 Million if he was alive. Chester Bennington Net Worth is mostly acquired from his music and time with Linkin Park.
Linkin Park enjoyed huge success after the release of their debut album, Hybrid Theory in 2000, which produced massive commercial success and also being certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005, becoming the best-selling debut album of the decade.
However, thanks to huge record sales of the band(more than 70 million albums sold worldwide) and becoming one of the highest-selling musical groups worldwide, Chester Bennington Net Worth grew even bigger.
Chester Bennington Personal Life
He had an abusive childhood experience haven been sexually assaulted many times by an older male when he was 7 until his 11th year.
Chester was once a drug addict and alcohol abuser. But through the intervention of his bandmates, Bennington was able to overcome the addiction, after his declaration in an interview stating that, ‘I don’t want to be that person anymore’.
He is married twice and has six kids. His first marriage was on October 31, 1996, to Samantha Marie Olit. They had one child but the couple soon divorced due to the decline in their relationship during Bennington’s early years with Linkin Park.
In 2006, Chester Bennington married his second wife Talinda Ann Bentley, a former playboy model. He’s had three kids with her namely: Tyler Lee Bennington (born March 16, 2006) and twins Lilly and Lila (born November 6, 2011).
He is also a tattoo enthusiast and a huge fan of the Phoenix Suns too.
Chester died on the 20th of July, 2017 as he was found dead at the early hours of 9 at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. He was reported to have committed suicide by hanging.
However, there was no suicide note found at the scene of the tragedy, his death is believed to have been caused compounded trauma which includes his childhood experience of abuse, addiction to drugs and alcohol, and the suicidal death of his best friend Chris Cornell on May 2017.
Here is a list of Bennington’s band Linkin Band’s aided earnings from live albums and remixes too
Year 2002: Remix album Reanimation- $2.345 million
Year 2003: Live album Live in Texas – $1.875 million
Year 2008: The Live album Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes – $510,000
Year 2011: Live album A Thousand Suns – $10,000
Year 2013:?Remix album Recharged – $100,000
Year 2013: Live album Living Things – $30,000
Year 2014: The live album The Hunting Party: Live from Mexico – $170,000
Chester Charles Bennington Awards
Charles Bennington won the following awards before he died.
Favourite International Group;
American Music Awards Award by Favorite Alternative Artist;
MTV Europe Music Awards Award for Best Rock Artist;
American Music Awards Award by Favorite Alternative Artist.
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