Billy Corgan is a famous American musician, singer, songwriter. He is the owner and promoter of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Billy is most famous for being the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band from Chicago, “The Smashing Pumpkins”. In this blog, we will cover some lesser-known facts about his life and career and Billy Corgan Net Worth in 2021.
Billy formed his band with the guitarist James Iha in Chicago in 1988. The band picked up its pace after bassist D’arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joined it. The band had a huge fan following and gave some powerful albums and went on large-scale tours.
Although the band broke up in the year 2000, Corgan formed another band named Zwan and had a hard-luck with them as well. He later reformed The Smashing Pumpkins in 2005. In 2005, Corgan released his first solo album, “The Future Embrace” along with a collection of poetry, “Blinking with Fists”.
His next solo album “Ogilala” came after a decade in 2017. Besides forming bands and releasing albums Billy was also a wrestling enthusiast.
He made several appearances in wrestling events one of which was in 2001, where he went to Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) where he smashed his guitar on the wrestling manager Lou D’ Angeli’s head.
After that in 2011, he founded “Resistance Pro” wrestling followed by joining the “Total Nonstop Action Wrestling” (TNA) in 2015. In August 2016, he became TNA’s president leaving it by the end of the same year. Later in October 2017, Billy purchased National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).
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Billy Corgan Net Worth and Overview
|Net Worth||$50 Million|
|Occupation||Musician and Pro Wrestling Promoter|
|Date of Birth||March 17, 1967|
|Height||6’3” ft. or 1.90 m|
|Spouse(s)||Chris Fabian (m. 1993, div. 1997)|
|Children||Augustus Juppiter Corgan, Philomena Clementine Corgan|
|Country of Origin||The United States of America|
|Source of Wealth||Music Albums and Pro Wrestling Promotions|
|Instagram Followers||140 Thousands|
|Twitter Followers||271.3 Thousands|
|YouTube Subscribers||9.92 thousands|
|Last Updated||December 2020|
Billy’s full name is William Patrick Corgan Jr. and hails from an Irish descent. Raised a catholic, Billy was born on March 17, 1967, in Chicago.
He the oldest son of guitarist ‘William Corgan Sr.’ and his wife ‘Martha Louise Maes Corgan Lutz’. Billy had two younger brothers one of which had a different mother. Corgan went to Marquardt Middle School in Chicago.
Besides being a strong athlete in elementary school he was also a member of the baseball team in middle school gathering over 10,000 baseball cards and followed every ‘Chicago Cubs’ game on the radio.
While attending Glenbard North High School Billy realized that he has almost lost his athletic powers and decided to play guitar. His father bought him his first guitar, a used Les Paul knock-off.
Although Billy’s father was a guitarist but he barely taught him anything. He taught himself how to play the guitar and later performed in several bands in high school. He graduated as an honor student and decided to pursue music as a full-time career.
Career Highlights and Awards
Corgan has a long list of achievements to his name from starting band ‘The Smashing Pumpkins’ to being the owner of NWA. Corgan’s band gave their first album “Gish” in 1991.
The album gained a lot more popularity than the band expected. However, their second album ‘Siamese Dream”, released on Virgin Records was a huge success gaining a multi-platinum rating.
Some of the best hits of the album were “Today”, “Cherub Rock” and “Disarm”. Besides having a successful career as a musician Corgon was also promoting Wrestling through various platforms. In 2015, he was appointed as the new Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling.
Being the TNA’s president was a dream come true for him. He developed characters and created storylines. Later in 2016, Corgan left TNA amidst some payment issues and purchased the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) next year.
Corgan has a long list of girlfriends but he married Chris Fabian, his long time on and off girlfriend in 1993. Later in 1995, they separated and in 1997, the marriage ended with a divorce. After that Corgan went on to date several women over the years but none of his relationships lasted too long.
In the year 2013, he started dating Chloe Mendel and they had their first son, Augustus Juppiter Corgan on November 16, 2015. On October 2, 2018, Corgan and Chloe had a daughter named Philomena Clementine Corgan.
He has also dated Australian pop star Jessica Simpson in 2010. Their relationship lasted for almost a year and a half after which they split up blaming their careers for not being able to spend much time together.
Corgan made a number of business ventures over the years. Billy formed a Chicago based independent wrestling promotion called the “Resistance Pro’. He formed two bands on his own, purchased NWA, and appeared on a number of platforms to promote his wrestling venture.
Just like his achievements Billy has a long list of controversies. These controversies have often lead to criticism by fans and media. Once he made headlines when he hit his guitar on Loe’D Angeli’s head while in a show of ECW.
He has been into twitter wars with his former girlfriend, Cortney Love. Corgan alleged that she included songs in her album which were originally his and never gave him credit.
He had a bad relationship with his stepmother and has spoken about being abused by her physically and mentally. Corgan has some strong political views and he has expressed them several times once saying that he was disappointed with Barack Obama’s presidency.
What is Billy Corgan Net Worth in 2021?
Billy Corgan is a successful musician and pro wrestling promotor. His musical stint and business ventures have earned him generous wealth. Billy Corgan Net Worth in 2021 is $50 million.
A Few Interesting Facts About Billy Corgan
- Corgan dedicated a song, named “For Martha”, to his late mother who died in December 1996.
- After leaving sports in high school Corgan has been a keen supporter of the Chicago Cubs and has appeared several times on the Cubs games.
- He received several grants and scholarships by different schools. He also had a tuition fund left by his grandmother but he left all that to become a full-time musician.
- In 2012, Corgan opened a tea house in his native place, Highland Park called “Madame ZUZU’s” Tea House.
- Corgon became a vegan in 2017. He switched to a pescatarian diet followed by a gluten-free diet plan.
- Corgan has produced several albums for Ric Ocasek, The Frogs, and Catherine.
- Corgan has had several mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, etc., which were allegedly the main reasons for his failed marriage and several bad relationships.
Billy Corgan is popularly known as a lead performer for the Smashing Pumpkin rock band. He has also invested in pro wrestling and owns a promotion company.
These investments have also given him profitable returns. There are numerous hit albums under his belt as he is one of the permanent members of the Smashing Pumpkin. Billy Corgan Net Worth in 2021 is $50 million.