Generally speaking, human beings are naturally competitive with each other, be it with our siblings or total strangers at a stop sign for example. At points when we can not find something to compete on, we tend to pit other people against each other, like the Michael Jordan vs Lebron James debate, or the Elon Musk vs Jeff Bezos space exploration race. To make such conversations a little bit juicier, high profile celebrities who have dated or even been married in the past, have been compared to each other, specifically in regards to who has gone ahead to enjoy more success in their subsequent endeavors. Such conversations have given rise to the ongoing debate; Kid Rock vs Pamela Anderson net worth; which celebrity ex makes more money?
Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are very successful individuals in their own rights. Rock is a Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, rapper, DJ, self-taught multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor who is known for his eclectic music that fuses different genres like hip-hop, rock, and country music together.
Ms. Anderson, on the other hand, is an animal activist, actress, and model best known for her time with Playboy magazine where she holds the record of having the most Playboy covers by any person. She is further noted for her appearances in television series like Home Improvement, Baywatch and V.I.P., and films such as Raw Justice (1994), Barb Wire (1996) and Blonde and Blonder (2008).
Kid Rock vs Pamela Anderson: Relationship History
According to reports, the pair became an item sometime in 2001, just after they had both come out of tumultuous relationships. Anderson had previously been married to the drummer of the Mötley Crüe rock band, Tommy Lee. The pair exchanged vows after having just known each other for 4 days. They went on to welcome two sons; Brandon Thomas, born on the 5th of June 5, 1996, and Dylan Jagger, born on the 29th of December, 1997, before parting ways the following year in 1998. During their time together, Anderson was physically abused by her husband who also infected her with hepatitis C through shared tattoo needles.
After her 1998 divorce from Lee, Anderson began dating model Marcus Schenkenberg. The pair later got engaged but things did not seem to work out for them so they broke up in 2001. It was around this time that she and Kid Rock began seeing each other. Rock, whose birth name is Robert James Ritchie, had himself been involved in a ten-year on-again-off-again relationship with his high school sweetheart, Kelley South Russell. The pair had one child, a son named Robert James Ritchie Jr. in 1993, the same year they ended their relationship after he discovered he had been raising another child that was not his own with the woman. He ended up raising his own son as a single father for most of the 90s before later having a brief relationship with model Jaime King.
By April 2002, after about a year together, Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson got engaged. They were, however, unable to make it down the aisle as their relationship fell apart in the following year. After spending a period of three years apart, the pair got back together in 2006 and were quick to get into a marriage contract as they wedded on the 29th of July, that year, on a yacht near Saint-Tropez, France.
About four months after they became man and wife, news broke on the 10th of November, 2006 that Anderson, who was carrying her husband’s second child, suffered a miscarriage. Two weeks after the story was initially reported, Anderson filed for divorce from Ritchie at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. There were conflicting reports as to the exact reason why the two decided to part ways after just a few months together. One report suggested that Kid Rock’s outrage during a screening of Borat, which Anderson had a cameo role in, was the reason. Kid Rock himself claimed that it was due to the fact Anderson openly criticized his mother and sister in front of his son.
Kid Rock’s Net Worth
According to the celebrity net worth website, Kid Rock has an estimated net worth of $80 million. He has been able to accumulate his huge wealth through his music career; selling millions of records, embarking on multiple successful tours, and serving as an ambassador for different brands.
While Rock can boast of now having a successful career, the early stages of it were not promising. He started out as a rapper, releasing his debut studio album, “Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast”, in 1990. In 1993, he made the switch from hip hop to rap-rock as he released his second studio album, “The Polyfuze Method”. His third studio album, “Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp”, was released in 1996.
By the late 90s, Kid Rock’s music had begun to gain the attention of record labels, prompting Atlantic Records to sign him to a contract that paid him $150,000. He then went on to release his fourth studio album, “Devil Without a Cause”, which sold 14 million copies and turned him into a superstar. Having achieved success in music, the musician transitioned to acting, making his debut in front of the camera in the comedy film Joe Dirt (2001) before voicing a character in the live-action/animated film Osmosis Jones (2001).
In 2007, after his fifth and sixth album, “Cocky” (2001) and “Kid Rock” (2003), he released “Rock n Roll Jesus”, which was his first album to peak at the number one spot of the Billboard 200 chart. Kid Rock has since then released four more studio albums; “Born Free” (2010), “Rebel Soul” (2012), “First Kiss” (2015), and “Sweet Southern Sugar” (2017).
Pamela Anderson’s Net Worth
From her career as a showgirl; modeling and acting, Pamela Anderson has been able to amass a net worth estimated by a few celebrity wealth calculating websites to be around $12 million.
Born in Ladysmith, British Columbia in 1967, the Candian, who later became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2004, began her career as a model in 1989 after the Labatt Brewing Company hired her as a spokesmodel following her appearance with their t-shirt on the jumbotron at a BC Lions Canadian Football League game. That same year, Playboy magazine featured her as the Covergirl for its October issue. This prompted the model to move to Los Angeles to further pursue her career, leading to an over 20-year-long career with the famous men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine. Other notable magazines which the model further appeared in include Stuff and GQ magazines, whom she posed naked for, W, British Marie Claire, Flare and Elle Canada, Russian Elle and V, some of which she appeared on their covers.
While working as a model, Anderson began taking acting roles. Her first role was a minor one as Lisa in the ABC comedy series Home Improvement. She later went on to become one of the longest-serving members of the cast of Baywatch (1992-1997) where she played the role of C. J. Parker. She further appeared in a number of its spin-offs like Baywatch the Movie: Forbidden Paradise (1995), Baywatch: White Thunder at Glacier Bay (1998), Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003), and Baywatch (2017).
Other notable roles she has had in both television and film include that of Becca in Scary Movie 3 (2003), Stripperella/Erotica Jones in Stripperella (2003-2004), Skyler Dayton in Stacked (2005-2006), and Dr. Sydney Forbes in Package Deal (2013).
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Which Celebrity Ex Makes More Money?
Without acquiring the services of Forbes magazine to figure out who earns what, one can be able to tell by just looking at the figures presented above that in the Kid Rock vs Pamela Anderson Net Worth debate, the Kid Rock makes more money than his ex.
It is understandable that a few people might be confused about who earns more than the other seeing that both parties are very popular in their own circles, most especially Ms. Anderson due to the fact that numerous men (and women) have fantasized about her. For example, people who know Anderson’s work as a model and actress but are not particularly interested in the genres of music which Kid Rock produces, have no knowledge of how talented he is and how popular the art he creates might be, hence why they might swear that his ex-wife should possibly be making more money than him.
To put it into perspective, it is reported that models at Playboy today earn an average of $47,969. It is no doubt that Anderson’s pay must have been way higher than that seeing that she was a highly photogenic model, one of the reasons why she has the most appearances on the magazine’s cover. But regardless of this, and what she made from appearing in movies and the subsequent royalty payments she has received, her earnings do not hold weight to that of Kid Rock, who rakes in close to a million dollars per show.
In 2018, Pollstar.com reported that the Detroit native had an average gross of $889,672 and 9,929 tickets sold per show during his Greatest Show on Earth Tour, a name that was later changed to the American Rock N’ Roll Tour for Copywrite reasons. The tour’s kickoff show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville sold out 15,943 tickets, raking in more than $1.3 million.
With such huge earnings, it is obvious that Kid Rock is the celebrity ex that makes more money.