Pete Burns Net Worth

December 14, 2023
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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stephanie Paschal/REX/Shutterstock (2048059cc) Pete Burns - Dead or Alive Hit Factory Live - Christmas Cracker at the O2 Arena, London, Britain - 21 Dec 2012

Peter Jozzeppi Burns was born on the 5th August 1959, in Port Sunlight, Cheshire England, of part-German descent through his mother, and was a singer and songwriter, best known to the world as the lead singer of the band Dead or Alive, with which he released seven studio albums, including “Youthquake” (1985), “Fan the Flame” (Part 1) (1990) and “Fragile” (2000). He passed away on the 23rd October 2016.

Have you ever wondered how rich Pete Burns was at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Burns’ net worth was as high as $500,000, an amount earned through his successful career in the music industry. Apart from a career as a band member, Pete released two solo singles “Jack and Jill Party” (2004), and “Never Marry an Icon” (2010), the sales of which also increased his wealth.


Pete Burns Net Worth $500,000


Pete was the son of Evelina Maria Quittner von Hudec and Francis Burns. His childhood was troublesome, as his mother had problems with alcoholism and depression, and was bothered by other children in the neighborhood because he knew German since his early days. Once in his teens, Pete started his androgynous look, which he nurtured until his last days. Because of his appearance he was called to headmaster’s office, but instead he left school and never went back. Also, he was raped by a man who picked him up while Pete was hitchhiking.

He found a job at Probe records, working behind the counter; while there, he met several musicians and was slowly getting into the music scene of Liverpool. Before he started the band Dead or Alive, he was a part of Mystery Girls, comprising of Pete Wylie and Julian Cope. After that he joined Nightmares in Wax, with which he released several singles, including “Black Leather”, and “Birth of a Nation”. The group then went through a line-up change and also a name change, assuming the name Dead or Alive. Before their debut album, they released several singles, including the “I’m Falling”, “The Stranger” and “It’s Been Hours Now”. After their initial success they signed a record deal with Epic Records, and in 1984 released their debut album entitled “Sophisticated Boom Boom”, which reached No. 29 on the UK charts, and received positive critiques. The next year Pete and the rest of the group worked on another album, “Youtquake”, which reached No. 9 on the UK Charts, and achieved gold status in both the UK and US, while in Canada achieving platinum status, which increased Pete’s net worth. The album featured band’s biggest hit, “You Spin Me Round” (Like a Record), which topped charts in UK, Canada and Switzerland.

By the end of the ’80s they had released two more albums “Mad,Bad, and Dangerous to Know” (1987), and “Nude” (1988). Since then their popularity began to decline, and Pete disbanded the group officially in 2011, but before that, they had released several more records, including “Fan the Flame (Part 1) (1990), “Nukleopatra” (1995), and “Fragile” (2000).

Pete also authored “Freak Unique: My Autobiography” in 2006, the sales of which also increased his net worth.

Regarding his personal life, Pete was married to Lynne Corlett from 1980 until 2006. The following year he married his boyfriend Michael Simpson, but they divorced the next year.

Pete was known for his androgynous look on which he had worked since his teen years, He underwent numerous plastic surgeries, some of which threatened his life, and he even sued one of his plastic surgeons because one of operations which didn’t go as planned and Pete contracted pulmonary embolisms and near-fatal blood clots. He passed away on the 23rd October 2016 after cardiac arrest.

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