The Reason Nikki Sixx Is The Poorest Member Of Mötley Crüe
When considering the heavy metal scene of the ’80s, Mötley Crüe is one of the acts that directly come to mind as one of the top acts of the period. Besides their hit records and impressive live performances, the band has also built a certain reputation with their hedonistic lifestyle and wild moments. Despite all the ups and downs Crüe has experienced, they have remained in the game for several decades.
Throughout their long career, Mötley Crüe has excited their fans by releasing memorable albums and delivering elaborate shows in sold-out venues. They have put out nine studio, three live, eight compilation, and nine video albums, along with three EPs and two box sets. Their records have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. As expected, all these achievements brought the band members prosperous lives and great fortune.
How Much Is The Net Worth Of Mötley Crüe Members?
Known for the unique character he has brought to Mötley Crüe’s sound, the band’s guitarist Mick Mars has an estimated net worth of $70 million, making him one of the two wealthiest members of the band, along with the drummer Tommy Lee. Being one of the co-founders of Crüe, Mars has contributed to each Mötley album and impressed thousands of rock fans with his aggressive guitar sound and well-crafted lyrics.
Tommy Lee is the other richest Mötley Crüe member, with an equal net worth of $70 million. Except for the band’s 2000 album, ‘New Tattoo,’ Lee has handled the drum duties on all the remaining Crüe records as he departed from the band to pursue a solo career in 1999, reuniting in 2004. The musician released three solo studio albums and has also been involved in various other side projects.
On the other hand, Mötley Crüe’s lead vocalist Vince Neil holds an estimated net worth of $50 million. Despite his controversial issues and brief departure from the band, Neil has heavily contributed to Mötley Crüe’s success. Besides his music career, the singer also pursued other business ventures like clothing stores, vineyards, gentlemen’s clubs, bars and grills, and ownership of indoor football teams. However, it is interesting that the remaining Crüe member Nikki Sixx is relatively less wealthy than the rest of the band.
Why Is Nikki Sixx’s Net Worth Less Than Others?
Even though Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx is one of the band’s founding members and primary songwriters, he ranks under other names with a net worth of $45 million, making him the poorest Crüe member. Besides appearing in all of the band’s albums, Sixx also stepped into a solo musical journey and has been involved in several side projects throughout his prolific career.
Along with his musical efforts, the bassist has also written several books, mainly composed of his memoirs. Yet, all this effort apparently didn’t help Sixx’s net worth. While there could be many reasons why his net worth is below the other members, the musician, known for having gone through a difficult childhood, said in a 2019 interview with SiriusXM’s Larry Flick that he had spent so much money on therapy to better deal with his upbringing issues.
Nikki Sixx said the following:
“I had a sh*tty upbringing, and I’m dealing with that every day. I spent more money on therapy than most rock stars spent on cars. I really wanted to change, and I really wanted to evolve and be a better man. And part of that is being there for my kids. And that’s really a big deal.”
In addition to the cost of therapy, it is a publicly known issue that Sixx battled with substance addiction during the ’80s and ’90s. Although the bassist has been clean for over 20 years, he admitted before that his addiction had cost him a lot, eating his savings off. He was more cautious about where to spend his money in his early days with the band, but everything turned upside down when he started using drugs.
It could also be argued that Nikki Sixx’s interest in luxury products such as cars might be one of the reasons for his low net worth. The bassist frequently shares photos of high-quality vehicles that he bought on his social media accounts. However, Sixx’s music career with Mötley Crüe is far from being over. The band is still rocking the stage and delivering sold-out stadium concerts, which add to each member’s wealth. Furthermore, Sixx’s side projects also seem to be doing well, so maybe he will one day surpass his bandmates.