KISS co-founder and lead singer, Gene Simmons, is a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur and one of the
world’s most recognized personalities. His many titles include rock legend, TV star, writer, lecturer and
most notably, a businessman.
Born an only child to his mother, a Holocaust survivor, in Israel, Simmons has gone on to climb the
heights of fame and international recognition.
Simmons co-founded the legendary KISS almost 40 years ago. The band has sold over 100 million CDs
and DVDs worldwide, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking boxoffice
records set by Elvis and the Beatles, and boasting over 3,000 licensed / merchandise items. In
October 2012, the band released the 20th studio album to date, MONSTER, which debuted in the top 3
of the Billboard charts within its first week.
With millions of fans on Twitter and Facebook and speaking FIVE languages including, English, Hebrew,
Hungarian, German, some Japanese and intending to learn Mandarin, Gene Simmons is the
personification of today’s globally connected citizen and the ideal spokesperson for Ortsbo, a real-time
language translation platform.
In addition to performing, Mr. Simmons has his own record company, Simmons / Universal Music, a joint
venture between Universal Music and Belinda Stronach. He also discovered, signed, and produced the
demo for Van Halen, and has managed the music career of Liza Minnelli, among others.
Outside of his music business endeavours, Mr. Simmons expanded his artistic explorations in the areas
of TV and film. He has his own realty show on A&E, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” which after airing
for nine seasons made it the longest-running celebrity reality show of all time. He has also completed
two seasons of his other show, Gene Simmons’ Rock School, for VH-1. In addition, he created the show
Mr. Romance for Oxygen, as well as his own cartoon, My Dad the Rock Star, for Nickelodeon’s
As an actor, Simmons has co-starred in several motion pictures, among them “Runaway” (TriStar),
“Wanted: Dead or Alive” (New World), and “Extract” (Miramax). He also served as co-producer of New
Line Films’ “Detroit Rock City.”
As a successful businessman, Mr. Simmons is a Co-Founding Partner in Cool Springs, a life equity
strategy company that provides estate planning for high net worth individuals whose earnings exceed
Other entrepreneurial accomplishments include his own book imprint, Simmons / Phoenix books, which
published his NY Times Best Seller, SEX MONEY KISS, the LA Times Best Seller, LADIES OF THE NIGHT and
the upcoming new book, GENE SIMMONS ART OF WAR. He also has his own line of comics, SIMMONS
COMICS ANTHOLOGY, which he recently launched at San Diego’s Comic Con 2012.
Mr. Simmons graduated from New York State University (NYSU) and City University New York (CUNY)
and holds a Bachelor of Education degree. After graduating, he taught sixth grade in Spanish Harlem in
New York City and then became the Assistant to the Director of the Puerto Rican InterAgency Council, a
government funded research and demonstration project. Early in his career, Mr. Simmons worked at
Glamour and then at Vogue, as the assistant to the editor, Kate Lloyd.