Chester Bennington was found hanged inside a home in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County on Thursday, July 20. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bennington had an estimated net worth of $30 million. The Richest estimates Bennington’s net worth at $25 million.
The singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer of Linkin Park. The rock group released their first album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000. The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005. Over the past 17 years, Linkin Park sold approximately 70 million albums worldwide. According to The Richest, Hybrid Theory made was the “best-selling debut album for that decade.”
A more recent Linkin Park album, Meteora, “was one of the biggest alternative albums in music history,” according to TMZ.
Over the past several years, Bennington earned money in the entertainment business in other ways. He has worked with other bands, formed the group Death by Sunrise, and even joined the Stone Temple Pilots on tour, replacing Scott Weiland as the lead singer. Linkin Park has also done a bunch of collaborations, most recently with Kiiara, releasing the hit single, “Heavy.”
In 2015, Mashable posted an article about Linkin Park and the success of the group. The article worked to explain how the band went from being “angry rockers” to “rich venture capitalists.” Band members discussed their approach to the business and how they’ve worked to become a brand.
“We’re not crazy: our band knows that we are not about to re-create the magic of something like that. But we do know that we have a skill set in marketing and branding. We have access to bands. We do approach our own band as a startup, whether we are talking about the creation of the group from nothing or the launching of each record as a new and unique platform,” Mike Shinoda told Mashable at the time.
Bennington, 41, is survived by his wife, Talinda Bentley, and six children. He had one biological son and one adopted son with his ex girlfriend, Elka Brand. He had one son with his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit. Bennington and Bentley had three children together; a son named Tyler and twin daughters, Lily and Lila.
It is unknown if Bennington had a will.