Gene Simmons was born in Haifa, Israel in 1949 and is the only child of his mother, a German Nazi Concentration Camp survivor.
He has always attributed his ethics, morals and drive to his mother’s notion’s about life. “Every day above ground, is a good day,” his mother is apt to say. Every day above ground, indeed.
He came to America at eight and a half years of age.
He graduated State University (NYSU) and City University (CUNY) and got a Bachelor of Education degree.
He taught sixth grade in Spanish Harlem in New York City.
He then became the Assistant to the Director of the Puerto Rican InterAgency Council, a government funded research and demonstration project.
He worked at Glamour and then at Vogue, as the assistant to the editor, Kate Lloyd.
Gene speaks a few languages: English, Hungarian, Hebrew, German and is getting better at Japanese every day. At present, he is becoming fascinated by Mandarin Chinese and has every intention of becoming fluent in it.
Make no mistake about it.
Gene Simmons has never been married.
He has had live in relationships with Cher and Diana Ross.
He has been happily unmarried for 23 years to Shannon Tweed, the mother of his two beautiful children.
Gene Simmons lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Gene Simmons co-founded KISS 35 years ago!!!
KISS continues to be the juggernaut of licensing/merchandising, with over 2,500 licenses.
KISS has broken BOX OFFICE RECORDS set by the Beatles and Elvis and continues stronger than ever.
KISS has been AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE GOLD RECORD AWARD WINNING GROUP of all time. (RIAA).
KISS COFFEEHOUSE - in Myrtle Beach. The first of a brand, new franchise.
KISSOLOGY VOL I, VOL II, and VOL III have sold an astonishing 20 X PLATINUM (!!!). And, sales are only for North America. !!!
KISS/Cannon camera – debuted in Japan…with TV commercial, billboards and posters.
KISS COMICS GROUP/Platinum Studios – KISS’ own comic book line…featuring KISS - 4K…
KISS PEPSI COLA – TV commercial.
KISS COCA COLA – has put Gene’s face on their bottles in France.
KISS HOLIDAY INN – TV commercial.
KISS VISA CARDS – in association with various banks.
GENE SIMMONS has:
A Gene Simmons US Postage Stamp available at your local Post Office.
SIMMONS ABRAMSON MARKETING, is the Worldwide Marketing Branding entity for the INDYCAR SERIES. All 18 races, including the legendary INDY 500!!!”
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS Season IV - 20 New Episodes. Season V starts filming soon.
NGTV.COM has now reached 300 million video clicks/video views. It is now the #3 ALL TIME biggest site on YouTube!!! And this, after only 1 year of existance!!! Gene Simmons is Chairman of the Board. Rich Abramson was co-ceo. Both raised the funding and Gene branded the entity NO GOOD TV. Venture is headed by President and Founder Kourosh Taj and Jay Vir.
Gene Simmons MONEYBAG - his own clothing line: a joint venture with DUSSAULT Custom Ink.
SIMMONS COMICS GROUP- a joint venture with IDW Pub, features 4 new comic books created by Gene: DOMINATRIX comics, ZIPPER comics, INDY: RACE OF THE GALAXIES comic and his anthology comic book Gene Simmons HOUSE OF HORRORS.
NICK SIMMONS also debuts with his own written/drawn comic book, SKULLDUGGERY on IDW Pub.
SIMMONS RECORDS, his own record company, with new artist BAG released.
SIMMONS BOOKS, which published his NY Times Best Seller, SEX MONEY KISS, the LA Times Best Seller, LADIES OF THE NIGHT and the upcoming new book, GENE SIMMONS ART OF WAR.
SIMMONS AUDIO VISUAL, which released his SPEAKING IN TONGUES lecture Tour of Australia.
Gene did an Audio Book of his NY Times Best Seller SEX MONEY KISS and his other LA Times Best Seller, LADIES OF THE NIGHT
Published his own magazine, GENE SIMMONS TONGUE (Sterling/McFadden).
GENE SIMMONS ROCK SCHOOL (VH1) his reality show.
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS (A&E) his other reality show.
MY DAD THE ROCK STAR (Nickelodeon) created/exec prod of smash cartoon.
MR. ROMANCE (Oxygen) created the show.
Discovered VAN HALEN and produced their 15 song demo.
Managed the recording careers of, among others, LIZA MINNELLI.
Produced New Line Pictures’ DETROIT ROCK CITY.
Acted and co-starred in movies such as RUNAWAY (Tristar) and WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE (New World), NEW GUY (Revolution) and television series such as UGLY BETTY, THE APPRENTICE, THIRD WATCH (NBC), MIAMI VICE (NBC) and scores of others.
Written two New York Times Best Selling Books, KISS AND MAKEUP (Crown), SEX, MONEY, KISS (Simmons Books/New Millenium) and LA Times Best Seller, LADIES OF THE NIGHT.