KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to Bankrate.com about his business philosophies and his penchant for getting involved in other ventures have made him a mogul in his own right even beyond his band’s achievements. When asked how much he’s worth, Simmons said, “A lot. An awful lot. But numbers aren’t indicative of anything except how well you’re doing in life. What I mean is, it’s like judges holding up numbers to an Olympic athlete. This is how well you did this. I’m comfortable. I’ve heard people say money is the root of all evil, but of course they’re nuts. Lack of money is the root of all evil. If I don’t have a dime in my pocket, I might hold up a 7-Eleven. If I have $100 million in the bank, why would I want to grab a gun and hold up a 7-Eleven? People are very uncomfortable talking about money, but I’m happy to. Money is good. Anyone who tells you it’s not … How about buying your mom the hip operation she needs, or buying your child the food he needs. Love, unfortunately, is not the most powerful force in the universe. Love, despite what they tell you, is not going to put food in your mouth no matter how many times you say, ‘I love myself and I love my child.’ Only money can do that. And how much is enough? I believe that’s a loser’s game. I believe it’s never enough.”
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