Paul Stanley, an American singer & songwriter is famous as the co-founder & co-vocalist of the rock band Kiss. Since the band’s formation in 1973, Stanley & Gene Simmons are the founding members active in the band.

Professional since 1970, The Starchild persona of Kiss has ventured in 20 studio albums of the band- one of the best-selling bands of all time with 100 million records sold worldwide including 25 million copies RIAA certified in the USA.

Stanley has worked with the bands in their famous songs like Rock and Roll All Nite, Beth, Detroit Rock City, I Was Made for Lovin’ You, Crazy Crazy Nights, Psycho Circus & many more.

What Is Paul Stanley’s Net Worth In 2020?

With success music venture of over 4 decades with the band Kiss, Paul Stanley gathers a hefty sum through albums sales, tours & merchandise sales & tags himself among the richest music personalities.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, 68-year-old Paul has a net worth of $150 million as of March 2020.

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Reportedly, the band’s revenue from record royalties and music publishing was $17.7 million in between 1976 & 1978. Moreover, the earnings from worldwide merchandise sales were $100 million in the course of 2 years (1977-1979).

Kiss band co-founder Paul Stanley ventures with the band since 1973 & earns from album sales, tours & royalties; has a net worth of $150 million in 2020
Source: Louder Sound

So far, the Manhattan, New York-born rhythm guitarist has toured with the band in over 34 tours already- as the Kiss band, their very first tour The Early Days of Kiss (officially Club Tour) held for a year (January 30, 1973- December 31).The band’s most successful tour to date is the Alive/Worldwide Tour of the 1996/97 which grossed $43.7 million.

‘Kiss’ Band Formation & Success: Albums Sales & Earnings

Formerly a member of the local band Rainbow (different than Ritchie Blackmore’s band Rainbow), Paul joined with Gene Simmons & worked in a short-lived band Wicked Lester in the early 70s.

Thereafter, Stanley (in rhythm guitar) along with Gene Simmons (lead vocals), Peter Criss (drums), and Ace Frehley (lead guitar) formed a rock band named Kiss in 1973.

After Ace and Peter left the band in the early 2000s, the current members in the band are Stanley, Simmons, Tommy Thayer (lead guitar, 2002- Present), and Eric Singer (drums, 2004- Present).

Since the release of Kiss’ self-titled debut album Kiss on February 18, 1974, Paul Stanley has worked in further 19 studio albums, totaling 20; as for a fact, 8 of them are RIAA: Platinum certified.

After the release of the album Monster in 2012, the band is busy on tours.

Studio Albums & Revenue

Album Sales/ Certification (RIAA) Earnings
Kiss (in February 1974) Gold certified $550,000
Hotter Than Hell (in October 1974) Gold certified $500,000
Dressed to Kill (1975) Gold $500,000
Destroyer (in March 1976) 2-time Platinum $2 million
Rock and Roll Over (in November 1976) Platinum $1 million
Love Gun (1977) Platinum $1 million
Dynasty (1979) Platinum (2-time MC Platinum) $2.2 million
Unmasked (1980) Gold $550,000
Music from “The Elder” (1981) 375,000 copies $375,000
Creatures of the Night (1982) Gold $600,000
Lick It Up (1983) Platinum $1.05 million
Animalize (1984) Platinum $1.11 million
Asylum (1985) Platinum $1.1 million
Crazy Nights (1987) Platinum $1.11 million
Hot in the Shade (1989) Gold $600,000
Revenge (1992) Gold $550,000
Carnival of Souls (1997) 181,000 copies $181,000
Psycho Circus (1998) Gold $570,000
Sonic Boom (2009) 325,000 copies $325,000
Monster (2012) 200,000 copies $200,000

Earnings From Live & Compilation Albums

Aside from studio albums, the Kiss has released 8 live albums & 13 compilation albums, records 60 singles so far.

Live Albums:

  1. Alive! (1975)- $550,000
  2. Alive II (1977)- $1.05 million
  3. Alive III (1993)- $550,000
  4. You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (1996)- $500,000
  5. Kiss Unplugged (1996)- $520,000
  6. Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)- $137,000
  7. Alive! The Millennium Concert (2006)- $49,000

Compilation Albums:

  1. Double Platinum (1978)- $1.05 million
  2. Killers (1982)- $15,000
  3. Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)- $2.05 million
  4. Greatest Kiss (1997)- $623,000
  5. The Very Best of Kiss (2002)- $20,000
  6. The Best of Kiss, Volume 1: The Millennium Collection (2003)- $397,000
  7. The Best of Kiss, Volume 2: The Millennium Collection (2004)- $97,000
  8. Gold (2005)- $149,000
  9. The Best of Kiss, Volume 3: The Millennium Collection (2006)- $11,000

Also, the band’s box set The Box Set (2001) made $500,000 in earnings.

Did you know? Paul Stanley has released 2 solo albums: Paul Stanley (1978) and Live to Win (2006). His self-titled debut solo album made $1.05 million.

What Is Paul Stanley Doing Currently?

Paul is busy with his band’s last & final tour End of the Road World Tour; the Kiss announced on American Idol on September 19, 2018, that they would end their career after the tour.

The End of the Road World Tour, divided into 8 Legs, started on January 31, 2019, & will end on July 17, 2021.

So far, as of March 2020, the tour has collected $98.857 million in gross & is estimated to make between $150 million & $200 million by the time tour ends.

Paul Stanley alongside Gene Simmons at the End of the Road World Tour
Source: The Oklahoman

Here is the list of some of Kiss’ tours & their revenue:

  1. Alive/Worldwide Tour (June 15, 1996- July 5, 1997)– $43.7 million
  2. World Domination Tour (August 2- December 20, 2003)– $64 million
  3. Rock The Nation World Tour (May 8- August 17, 2004)– $20 million
  4. Alive 35 World Tour (September 25- December 12, 2009)– $36 million
  5. Kiss 40th Anniversary World Tour (June 23, 2014- October 16, 2015)– $22.28 million
  6. Freedom to Rock Tour (July 4- November 19, 2016)– $12.424 million

Where Does Paul Stanley Live?

Regarding his privacy, the Kiss co-founder & rhythm guitarist is quite serious & prefers to live a low-key life. Reportedly, Stanley divides his residence in Sydney, Australia & the USA.

Sources admit that he fell in love with Sydney when he visited during a tour with the band & moved there later.

The American singer & songwriter residence owns an Italian Tuscan-style gated villa spread on 9,000 sq. ft. that also features an art studio & a pool, though, keeps the location detail low-key.

Stanley, an avid lover of a luxury car, drives a 2015 Corvette Stingray, that comes with a base price of $60,000 & has a Tesla Model S in his collection.

Formerly, until 2011, he owned a Mercedes-Benz SL500 but sold it later. Paul learned to drive in 1963 Ford Galaxie while his first car bought was 1961 Rambler American.

Is An Active Charity Worker

Famous for his strong comment “Charity Is Not an Option, It Is An Obligation”, Paul Stanley actively participates in the charity works & supports for causes like AIDS, cancer, disaster relief, poverty & children.

He supports non-profit organizations:

  • Autism Movement Therapy
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • PETA
  • United Service Organization
  • Global Green
  • Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes & many more

Fathers 4 Children From 2 Marriages: Current Relationship?

Paul has been married twice in his life & divorced once. Currently, Stanley lives with his second wife Erin Sutton. 

They married on November 19, 2005, & shares 3 children together: Colin Michael (September 6, 2006), Sarah Brianna (January 28, 2009) and Emily Grace (August 9, 2011).

Paul Stanley with his wife Erin Sutton; they share 3 children together
Source:  Zim Bio

Prior to Erin, Stanley was in a marital relationship with Pamela Bowen, an actress; they married on July 26, 1992, & even more welcomed son Evan Shane Stanley in 1994, but later divorced in 2001.

Reportedly, the Kiss rhythm guitarist was formerly engaged to actress Donna Dixon.

Family Background & Health Issues

Paul was born Stanley Bert Eisen on January 20, 1952, in Manhattan, New York, the USA to Jewish parents: William Eisen and Eva Eisen.

Nicknamed Star Child, Stanley has an elder sister Julia.

He graduated in 1970 from the High School of Music & Art in New York City & later changed his name to Paul Stanley, as he was inspired by music legends Paul McCartney and Paul Rodgers.

Underwent Ear Surgery & Gave Doctor A Rolex

Born with a defect ‘microtia’ in the right ear, Stanley, at the age of 30, underwent reconstructive surgery & Dr. Frederic Rueckert operated him.

Later after, Ruecker retired, Paul gave him a Rolex.

In 2004 (October & December), the American singer & songwriter had 2 hip-replacement surgeries. Then in October 2011, Paul had his vocal cords surgery.