Today, Blink-182 releases their 7th album, California. Its their first album in 5 years, and more importantly to fans, the first Blink-182 album that does not have long-time guitarist Tom DeLonge. Alkaline Trio guitarist Matt Skiba is his replacement, and while Skiba brings with him his own style, what the move really confirms is that now, after years of sharing the spotlight, this is truly Mark Hoppus’s band.
With the continued success of Blink-182 – one of their new singles became their first #1 hit on Billboard’s alternative charts in 12 years – Hoppus continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. At 44 he remains a household name, as well as remaining an icon to suburban pop punk kids. 20+ years of success with Blink-182, as well as his many other projects, have made the bassist quite a bit of money throughout his career. A local SoCal boy made good, how much has Hoppus made in his career?
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Hoppus’s Net Worth Is Estimated at About $60-70 Million
A number of net worth sources have different numbers for Mark Hoppus’s net worth but all of them in the same range. A recent article about rich punk artists, for example, estimates Hoppus (as well as Tom DeLonge) at about a $60 million net worth. TheRichest also estimates him at $60 million. Celebrity Net Worth, meanwhile, goes a little higher, estimating Mark Hoppus’s net worth at a whopping $70 million.
Regardless of the high number, Hoppus’s music, companies, and even TV show have made him a pretty penny. The bulk of his career, however, has been his music.
2. Blink-182 Has Sold Over 35 Million Albums Worldwide
Blink-182 achieved fame incredibly quickly. Their first alternative hit came on their second album, while their first huge mainstream hits were on their third album. As such, there really hasn’t been an extended point in their career where they struggled to sell albums. Multi-platinum artists, Billboard estimates them as having sold over 13 million albums in the United States. Everywhere else in the world combined, they’ve sold even more albums. The Los Angeles Times claims that world wide, Blink-182 has sold over 35 million albums, an incredible feat for what started off as a silly pop punk band.
4 of the 6 albums Blink had put out before today have gone platinum. The highest selling of those was 1999’s Enema of the State, which was certified 5x platinum for selling over 5 million records. That album’s follow-up, 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, sold over 2 million records, while 2003’s self-titled album sold over 1 million. In addition, a Mark Hoppus side project, +44, put out an album of their own in 2006.
3. He Has Produced Many Other Band’s Albums, As Well As Written Songs for Bands and Doing Guest Appearances on Songs
Mark Hoppus’s place in music, and especially the pop punk scene, goes beyond being in Blink-182. Hoppus has occasionally guested, be it on vocals or bass, for a number of band’s songs, including Simple Plan, New Found Glory, Motion City Soundtrack, and even Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker’s side project, Boxcar Racer.
A number of these albums he appeared on, and many he didn’t, were also produced by Hoppus. Since 2005, Hoppus has had a hand in producing many bands’ albums on major labels. The first major album he produced was 2005’s Commit This To Memory by Motion City Soundtrack, released on the major label Epitaph Records. He also helped them on 2010’s My Dinosaur Life. His production credits also include New Found Glory’s 2009 comeback album Not Without a Fight. He has also helped remix Fall Out Boy singles in the past. In addition, he’s lent his hand as a songwriter to other bands in the scene, including MxPx and Less Than Jake.
4. He Sold His Shares For Two Clothing Companies he Started With Tom DeLonge, Atticus and Macbeth Footwear
After becoming a successful musician, Hoppus began investing in creating businesses. In 2001, he and DeLonge came together to create Atticus and Macbeth Footwear. Atticus became a staple of the alternative rock scene.
Several years after the creation of these companies, Hoppus decided to sell his shares. In an interview with fan site b182.com, Hoppus explained his reasoning for breaking away from his companies:
I have not been creatively involved in any of the companies in nearly a year. That is why you don’t see any photos of me or any mention of my name on the websites, catalogs, etc. We started the companies as a fun way to be creative and work with our friends, and over the past yeah and a half, it has stopped being fun. Personally, I do not care for the direction the companies or going in, or how they are being run, so Tom and the other owner are going their way with the companies, and I am going mine.
Though Hoppus is no longer involved with those companies, he is still involved with a website called My Name Is Mark. The site has several types of apparel for sale, as well as stickers and skateboard decks.
He and His Family Have a Home in Beverly Hills and Had a Home in London
In 2004, Hoppus, now with wife and child, bought a house in Beverly Hills. According to public records, the home has 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and is $3,390 square feet. The family bought the house in April of 04 for $3.65 million. The house features a private driveway and pool, as well as security cameras.
For a period, however, this house was available for rent. In 2011, Hoppus moved to London, and the family remained there for a few years. During that time, the Beverly Hills home could be rented, provided you had $15,000 a month to rent with. The home was fully furnished, and located on a private golf course.