Bret Michaels Net worth

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Net Worth $ 20,000,000
Real name Bret Michael Sychak
Source of Wealth Music, Reality Shows
Profession Lead singer, musician
Spouse/Partner /
Date of Birth Mar 15, 1963
Zodiac Pisces
Age 60
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 175 cm / 5 ft 8 inch
Nationality American

Short Summary

Bret Michael Sychak, known as Bret Michaels, is the frontman of the rock band from the ‘80s - Poison. He was born on March 15, 1963, in Pittsburgh, Butler, Pennsylvania.

During the time he was part of Poison, the band managed to sell 50 million album copies worldwide and placed "Every Rose Has it Thorn" at number one on Billboard Hot 100.

Additionally, Michaels's career was marked by a few of his personal successes. He released a few solo albums, was a judge on the Nashville Star show, filmed a reality show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, and has a docu-series called Bret Michaels: Life as I know it.

His net worth is estimated at $20 million in 2022.

Michales's Early Life and the formation of Poison

The son of Wally Sychak and Marjorie Sychak, Bret Micahel Sychak was born on March 15, 1963, in Butler, Pennsylvania. [1]

As a teenager, he attended Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School and has Carpatho-Rusyn, Irish, English, Swiss, and German ancestry.

Michaels has two younger sisters named Michelle and Nicole Sychak.

Sadly, Michael's childhood wasn't as carefree as it should have been; at the age of six, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a chronic illness that requires daily insulin therapy and monitoring normal blood sugar levels. [2]

Michales was required to take five insulin shots every day and has continued battling this illness throughout his life.

In one interview, the singer discovered:

  • "At the age of six years old, my blood levels were running probably about 750 to 800, maybe a little higher, which is incredibly high blood sugar. My parents had no idea what was going on. So, in the middle of the night, about three o'clock, they ran me over to the Harrisburg Hospital emergency room and diagnosed me as being diabetic". [3]

As a teenager, music was the first thing he fell in love with. He enjoyed listening to AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Kiss.

He played the guitar and was part of a band called Laser that included three other members- Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall, and David Besselman. After Besselman left in 1983, the band changed its name in Paris and welcomed a new member Matt Smith.

The band was primarily active in their hometown but got tired of searching for success by playing in local bars in Pennsylvania, so they moved to Los Angeles. During that time, Paris became Poison, Math Smith was removed from the band, and C.C. Deville came into his place.

Michaels's career in Poison and notable events

The band started gaining traction during the 1980s-1990s after they signed a contract with Enigma Records and published their debut studio album "Look What the Cat Dragged in." The album wasn't a success initially, but it gained popularity when Michales convinced the band members to film a video for their song "Talk Dirty to Me."

Since then, "Look What the Cat Dragged in" became the biggest-selling record in Enigma Records, reaching the mark of 4 million copies sold worldwide.

"I Want Action" and "I Won't Forget You" are two other songs from the same album that have gained fantastic recognition.

In 1987/88, a personal event in Michales's Life - the break up with his then-girlfriend Lewis inspired him to write "Every Rose has its Thorns”.

The song was part of their album "Open Up and Say... Ahh!" and became the signature song of Poison. "Every Rose has its Thorns" is their only number-one song in the U.S.

Regarding the song, in an interview for VH1, Michaels revealed that one night while he was waiting for his clothes to dry, he called his girlfriend and heard a male voice in the background that led him to believe that Lewis was cheating on him.

Lewis, on the other hand, claimed that Michales was the one who was being unfaithful.

The singer explained that the song is a metaphor for the loss of a love relationship that comes at the cost of a famous life. [4]

During the ‘90s, the band became one of the world's most recognizable glam metal bands.

However, after an altercation between Michales and De Ville, the bend goes under more changes but marks additional success.

In the coming times, Michales continued his career as a solo artist and a member of Poison.

During his years as a solo artist, Michales released a soundtrack album named "A Letter from Death Row," which was the soundtrack for the movie that carries the same name and was directed and written by Michales.

Furthermore, he released multiple other albums like "Songs of Life," "Freedom of Sound," "Rock my World," and "Custom Built."

"Custom Built" became his most successful album, charting No.1 on Top Independent Albums and Top Hard Rock Albums, and No. 4 on the Top Rock Albums Chart.

He also performed on American Idol season 9, created his reality show "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It," released multiple songs and albums, and made a few movie appearances.

Personal Life and relationships

Tracey Lewis was one of Michael's girlfriends when she was 16. The breakup with Lewis inspired him to write the most famous Poison song, "Every Rose has its Thorns."

Michales also dated Susie Hatton and Kristi Lynn Gibson. Michales has two daughters from the relationship with Gibson.

He was also in a relationship with Pamela Anderson. During his relationship with Anderson, the couple faced a sex tape scandal. Namely, a tape that he and Anderson made while dating was stolen from his home in an attempt to be sold. [5]

Michales has also struggled with his health. He was diagnosed with diabetes when he was six years old. The illness made him collapse on stage resulting in speculations that he was on drugs. In 2010, the singer suffered from a brain hemorrhage, and in the same year, he got diagnosed with a condition known as a hole in his heart.


The rock band Poison was one of the most famous bands in the '90.

Bret Michales, the lead vocalist, was considered one of the greatest heavy metal singers of all time.

Throughout his career, he managed to create many iconic songs people will remember. He has managed to build a successful career as a solo artist as well.

His net worth is estimated to be around $20 million.


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