Bret Michaels’ Net Worth: His Huge Rose Career & Its Thorns

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With his signature long hair, bandana, and cowboy hat, Bret Michaels has had a plethora of fans behind him since the 1980s, and that has never swayed. This is what gave the singer “Something to Believe In,” and because of it, Bret Michaels’ net worth has only grown substantially from year to year. 

What is Bret Michaels’ net worth? Find out that and more below. 

Bret Michaels’ Net Worth

As of May 2023, Bret Michaels’ net worth is approximately $20 million, but, believe it or not, that’s low for the “Girls on Bars” singer. 

Who is the richest member of Poison? Thanks to that $20 million, Bret Michaels is the wealthiest member of the famous glam metal band. 

How Much Money Does Bret Michaels Make a Year?

Bret Michaels is raking in the dough. His annual salary is around $2 million. 

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How Did Bret Michaels Get Rich? 

Bret Michaels’ music with Poison and as a solo artist has been the most significant contributor to his massive wealth. Still, he can also thank his riches on his many business ventures, appearances on various television shows, and more. 

One of his most successful business ventures is his line of pet clothing and accessories called Pets Rock, which can be found at PetSmart. 

Bret Michaels’ Cars

Bret Michaels doesn’t only rock on stage. He’s rockin’ when he’s driving around.

He’s got an impressive car collection, which includes a 2009 Mercedes-Benz S550, a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS, a 2011 Ford Explorer, and a 2004 Lincoln Navigator. 

Michaels also used to be a proud owner of a 2007 Bentley Continental GT, but as he has been known to do, he added it to the Barrett-Jackson 50th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction in January 2022. 

How much did Bret Michaels’ Bentley sell for? Michaels’s donation made for a significant contribution to the overall auction, bringing in $126,500. 

Bret Michaels’ House

Bret Michaels has his share of luxurious homes. He spends most of his time in Arizona, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to shake things up occasionally. 

Most recently, he purchased a vacation home in Los Angeles.

How much is Bret Michaels’ house worth? He bought it for a whopping $5.4 million.

The five-bedroom estate is in Westlake Village outside of Los Angeles. More than 5,000 square feet, the mansion also includes a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, wine room, and basketball court. 

How Much Does Bret Michaels Make Per Show? 

Bret Michaels is bringing in the cash with every appearance.

With a starting range of $150,000 and $250,000 per show, it’s no wonder Bret Michaels’ net worth is as high as it is. 

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How Much are Bret Michaels Tickets? 

No matter who your favorite artist is, you always hope it won’t cost you an exorbitant amount of dollars to see them perform live. Bret Michaels fans can breathe a sign of relief. The average price for tickets is only about $71, with some costing as low as $35. 

Take advantage of it for his 2023 summer tour. You won’t just get to enjoy hearing the “All I Ever Needed” singer.

Who opens for Bret Michaels 2023? Michaels’ Summer 2023 US “Parti Gras” tour will feature Night Ranger, Jefferson Starship, former Journey member Steve Augeri, and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath.

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How Did Bret Michaels Become Famous?

Bret Michaels was first recognized amongst fans when the rock band Poison came onto the scene in the early 1980s. The band is one of the most popular worldwide, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and 15 million records in the United States.  

Michaels formed the band with Bobby Dall on bass, David Besselman on guitar, and Rikki Rockett on the drums. After replacing Besselman with Matt Smith, they were first known as Paris and played the bar circuit around Pennsylvania.

By 1984, the band grew tired of the scene, moved to Los Angeles, changed their name, and the rest is history. 

With Smith now replaced by C.C. DeVille, the band achieved national fame after an initially unsuccessful debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, went platinum after filming a music video for the single “Talk Dirty to Me” in 1987. 

Bret Michaels’ Career

With a platinum album under their belts, Bret Michaels’ time with Poison only continued to grow as he recorded “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” dubbed “the ultimate ’80s anthem about heartbreak,” in 1988, which was included on the band’s second album, Open Up and Say…Ahh! 

That was followed two years later by the multi-platinum-selling Flesh & Blood, which sparked the 1990-91 “Flesh and Blood” World Tour. 

Things continued with the band as more changes happened among members after an incident at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, which resulted in DeVille being replaced by Richie Kotzen before recording their fourth album Native Tongue and yet another guitarist, Blues Saraceno playing on Crack a Smile… and More!

By 1999, DeVille was back as a guitarist in time for the 1999 reunion greatest hits tour. 

As Poison continued their success, Michaels also broke out in a solo career come 2003 with such Bret Michaels albums as Songs of Life (2003), Freedom of Sound (2005), Custom Built (2010), and Jammin’ with Friends (2013). He also released the compilation album True Grit in 2015. 

These albums brought about such classic Bret Michaels songs as “Raine,” “Right Now, Right Here,” “Go That Far,” and “Nothing to Lose,” which featured guest vocals by Miley Cyrus. 

As his music career continued to soar with success, Bret Michaels broke out into a new medium with his VH1 reality show Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It in 2010, which only lasted one season. 

The “A Beautiful Soul” singer also recorded songs for other projects such as “Hit and Roll” for the television series Top Gear and a soundtrack album for the 1998 film A Letter from Death Row, which he also starred in, wrote, and directed. 

In 2020, he released his autobiography, Bret Michaels: Auto-Scrap-ography Volume 1: My Life in Pictures & Stories. 

He isn’t slowing down anytime soon. His most recent endeavor included releasing a new single, “Back in the Day,” in Jan. 2023 and announcing his Parti-Gras Tour with dates spread out between Jul. 13 through Aug. 6. 

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When Was Bret Michaels Born? 

Bret Michael Sychak’s birthdate is Mar. 15, 1963.

To think, he was almost known as Bret Maverick, had his parents kept with their original plan for his middle name, which was based on the title character of the famous James Garner western.  

Bret Michaels’ Zodiac sign is Pisces, which means he is selfless and willing to offer help to whoever needs it without expecting to get anything in return.

Based on his years of charity work with the Armed Forces, Operation Homefront, the American Diabetes Association, and more, this is a pretty accurate description of the “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” singer. 

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How Tall is Bret Michaels?

He’s on the taller side. Bret Michaels’ height is 5 feet, 10 inches. 

How Much Does Bret Michaels Weigh? 

Bret Michaels’ weight is approximately 165 pounds. 

Where is Bret Michaels From? 

Bret Michaels was born in Chicora, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. 

Bret Michaels’ Parents

Bret Michaels is the only son born to Wally and Marge Sychak. He does have two sisters, Michelle and Nicole.

Bret Michaels’ Ethnicity

Bret Michael may have been born in America, but he’s no stranger to having other cultures in his background.

Thanks to his paternal grandfather, he is of Carpatho-Rusyn descent. He also has Irish, English, German, and Swiss in his background. 

Where Does Bret Michaels Live? 

Bret Michaels spends most of his time in Arizona, but he also spends a lot of time in California. 

Bret Michaels’ Children

Bret Michaels is the father of two daughters. 

The oldest of Bret Michaels’ daughters is Raine Elizabeth, born May 20, 2000. His second daughter, Jorja Bleu, followed almost exactly five years later on May 5, 2005. 

Who is Bret Michaels Married To? 

Bret Michaels’ love life has had a few interesting stories. 

His first significant relationship was with Tracy Lewis, who was only 16 when they met in the early days of Poison.

The couple later broke up in 1987, with both parties accusing the other of being unfaithful. This led to Michaels writing one of his most famous hits, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” a song he would even record a version of with Queen of Country, Loretta Lynn.  

In the mid-1990s, he was in a relationship with actress, model, and media personality Pamela Anderson. An abridged sex tape of the two of them showed up on the internet in 1998. A federal injunction prohibited the distribution of the entire video. 

In 2007, Bret Michaels starred in the reality dating competition Rock of Love, for which he recorded “Go That Far” as a theme song. 

Did Bret Michaels find love on Rock of Love? He did, if only briefly.

The first season ended with him choosing Jes Rickleff; however, the pair separated just a few months later.

The second season of the reality show led to Michaels choosing Ambre Lake during the final episode on Apr. 13, 2008. 

Is Bret Michael still with Ambre from Rock of Love 2? No. The pair dated for a few months after the season ended but ultimately split up because of personal commitments. They do remain close friends. 

The third and final season of the show ended with Taya Parker being chosen as the winner, but that relationship quickly fizzled, too. 

Michaels’ other biggest known relationship was with Kristi Lynn Gibson, whom he proposed to in the finale of his reality show Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It, which aired on Dec. 20, 2010. By July 2012, the pair had separated. 

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Bret Michaels’ Tattoos

Bret Michaels sports a few ink designs. Some of the most recognizable designs include a “Poison” tattoo on his upper arm, a cross wrapped in roses with the words “Something to Believe in,” and more. 

He also likes to help fans find the joy of tattoos, even if it’s only temporary. His official website includes several temporary tattoo designs in his shop, including an “Every Rose” graphic and an “Unbroken Winged Skull.” 

Bret Michaels’ Health

Bret Michaels has had his share of health struggles, which started at a young age. 

How old was Bret Michaels when he got diabetes? He was only 6 when he fell ill with Type 1 diabetes, which led to a three-week hospital stay. 

He officially announced his struggle with diabetes in the early days of Poison when his fear of playing their headlining show at Madison Square Garden in March 1987 led to him taking his insulin injection without eating anything and therefore collapsing on stage due to insulin shock. 

His biggest year of health scares came in 2010, when his official website reported on May 20, 2010, that he was “readmitted to the hospital the week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body,” which led to his diagnosis of a “patent foramen ovale” or a hole in the heart. 

To the relief of fans, doctors “diagnosed the problem that caused the transient ischemic attack or warning stroke and feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered” a few weeks prior. 

The brain hemorrhage is believed to have potentially been caused by an accident at the 63rd Tony Awards on June 7, 2009, when Michaels was struck on the head when part of the set fell.

That led to the “Unbroken” singer filing a lawsuit against the Tony Awards and CBS. Two years later, the case was settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount. 

Michaels publicly talked about the crazy year in October 2011: “2010 was, without question, a roller coaster year for me. But when you have an amazing family, and you still have a lot of music left to make, and you have such incredible and supportive fans behind you, you’re going to fight until the very last breath before you throw in that towel.” 

He openly credits St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix for saving his life. 

In 2020, Michaels had yet another health scare when it was announced that he was diagnosed with skin cancer.

“I’m going to have to undergo a procedure to eliminate skin cancer that was detected after a recent biopsy. I am in the hands of incredible experts who are positive for excellent results,” Michaels said in a post to fans. 

In 2022, he was forced to miss an appearance with Poison in Nashville due to a last-minute hospitalization, which included several tests and administering IV fluids. 

Bret Michaels’ Awards and Recognitions

In his 40-year career, Bret Michaels, both as a solo artist and the lead singer of Poison, has never failed to gain multiple accolades from several Top 40 and Top 10 hits and albums, including a few number ones, selling millions of albums, and more.

It’s clear that he is “Custom Built” for this industry and will always have more to give.

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Written by Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth in 2015. She has worked in journalism since 2015, beginning as production assistant and eventual head staff writer of the Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Currently, she is a multimedia journalist with the Diocese of Nashville's Office of Media and Evangelization where she writes, does photography, and edits for several types of content, including the Tennessee Register, Catholic Awakenings, and She has also worked as a freelance journalist with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas's newspaper, The Leaven, since 2016.
In her spare time, Peterson enjoys reading, spending time with her pup, Sadie Lynn, singing and songwriting.


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