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Billy Corgan Net Worth: Early Life, Career, Professional Wrestling, Real Estate!
Billy Corgan is an American musician, producer, songwriter, writer, and poet with a $60 million net worth. In the late 1980s, Billy Corgan helped start the band Smashing Pumpkins with other people. The band became very popular and went on a lot of tours, but they broke up several times because of fights between band members and drug problems. Even though the band is still on tour, Billy Corgan is the only original member still in the band.
|Net Worth:||$60 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Mar 17, 1967 (55 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.9 m)|
|Profession:||Singer, Musician, Record producer, Songwriter, Author, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Writer, Poet, Composer|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
William Patrick Corgan, Jr. was born on March 17, 1967, in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. He became a major figure in the alternative rock scene, especially as the lead singer and only permanent member of the band Smashing Pumpkins. He went to Glenbard North High School. After seeing a Flying V at a friend’s house, he decided to learn how to play the guitar. Then, Corgan gave his savings to his father, who bought him a used guitar that looked like a Les Paul. Corgan taught himself how to play it. During these years, John Cale, Black Sabbath, Queen, and other well-known rock bands influenced Corgan’s music. He also found bands like Bauhaus and The Cure, who played alternative rock. Even though many schools offered him grants and scholarships after high school, he decided to go into music instead.
Billy Corgan and the Chicago music scene couldn’t come to terms, so in 1985 he and his first band, The Marked, relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida. After failing to find success in their state of Florida, the band disbanded. From 1987 to 1988, Corgan played in the band Deep Blue Dream before returning to Chicago to live with his father. The Smashing Pumpkins is the result of his departure from the band.
After meeting guitarist James Iha while working at a record store, Corgan began making demos with the two of them. While they were discussing the band that had performed, he bumped into bassist D’arcy Wretzky. Trio Smashing Pumpkins began performing together at local venues utilising drum machines as their primary percussion. On October 5, 1988, they finally managed to round up Jimmy Chamberlin and play their first round as a quartet. As a result of Chamberlain’s arrival, the band’s sound became darker and harder. Gish” was released by the band in 1991.
They surprised everyone with their first album, “Siamese Dream,” which became a multi-platinum success in 1993. The tracks “Today,” “Cherub Rock,” and “Disarm” became the album’s biggest hits after it was widely praised by music critics and listeners alike. Corgan has been the driving force behind the rock band since its inception, leading the way with his candid lyrics, big production values, and dazzling musical interaction. In less than three years, the Smashing Pumpkins had become a major-label success under his tutelage.
As a result, the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1995 single “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” became an even bigger smash, leading to a streak of No. 1 hits for the group thereafter. Seven Grammy Awards were nominated for the record, which went on to be certified ten times platinum. Until now, their biggest hit has been “1979.”
He died of a heroin overdose in a New York hotel room in July 1996, after the band’s touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin had taken the substance with Chamberlin. He was later arrested on a misdemeanour charge of possessing a minor amount of marijuana. A decision to fire Chamberlin was reached, and the band went on with just three members. In 1998, “Adore” had a dark tone because of the band’s upheaval, personal issues, and battle with depression. Fans and critics had mixed reactions to the album. The following year, Chamberlin returned to the group, and the album “Machina/The Machines of God” was released. Gretzky left the band in the middle of recording the album. There was a lack of interest in the film, and reviews were once again split. A few days after their final gig on December 2, 2000, the Smashing Pumpkins disbanded.
Zwan was formed by Corgan and Chamberlain in late 2001. Their first album, “Mary Star of the Sea,” was praised by critics when it was released in 2003. After that, the band disbanded. Corgan released his debut solo album, “TheFutureEmbrace,” in 2004 to negative reviews and low sales, which he attributed to a lack of interest in the project.
A full-page newspaper ad in the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times in 2005 from Smashing Pumpkins frontman Corgan pleaded for the band to reunite. Chamberlin accepted a few days later. The band’s reunion was officially confirmed in 2006 with the release of an official statement. After a two-year hiatus, the reconstituted band finally got back together and played their first gig as a unit on May 22, 2007. “Zeitgeist,” their debut single, bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in July 2007. With his side band Spirits in the Sky, Corgan toured during the summer of 2009. After “Oceania” in 2012, “Monuments to an Elegy” in 2014, and “Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1” in 2018, the Smashing Pumpkins released three additional albums. Three more Corgan solo albums followed.
Ten studio albums have been published by the Smashing Pumpkins and they have sold more than 30 million records throughout the world. They received several honours, from MTV to the Grammys to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for their work. Corgan has never stopped recording and touring with Smashing Pumpkins, even though the band’s line-up has changed numerous times since the band’s inception. With their dynamic songwriting, which alternates between angst-ridden and dreamy, the Smashing Pumpkins were a huge success.
In 2011, Corgan founded Resistance Pro, a Chicago-based independent wrestling promotion. Corgan was promoted to the position of Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development in April of this year. TNA elected him president in August of that year. After a few months, he departed TNA because of a dispute over not getting paid on schedule. According to reports in May 2017, Corgan purchased the NWA. He became the owner of the company on 1 October 2017.
Corgan has been plagued by anxiety, sadness, and suicidal thoughts for a lengthy period. He blames the maltreatment he had from his stepmother as a child for his current state.
Chris Fabian, Corgan’s husband, wed the musician in 1993. They divorced in 1997 after they split up in 1995. Yelena Yemchuk was his girlfriend from 1985 to 2004. Courtney Love and her kid moved into Corgan’s house in early 2006, but the two soon broke up. His relationship with Jessica Origliasso, an Australian singer, began in 2010 and lasted through 2012. In 2013, Corgan and Chloe Mendel started dating. They are the parents of two children.
For a 9,600-square-foot lakefront mansion in the suburbs of Chicago, Billy spent $6.8 million. He ended up paying $1.25 million for the neighbouring house to expand his 8-acre complex.
Billy spent $3.85 million in 2009 to buy a Beverly Hills mansion. In 2015, he put the house on the market for $5 million, but it didn’t sell. After two years, he agreed to sell the home for $3 million.
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