|Net Worth||$60 Million|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Profession||Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Bassist, Composer|
|Date of Birth||May 4, 1972 (50 years old)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
Mike Dirnt Net Worth:
What is the net worth of Mike Dirnt?
American rock musician Mike Dirnt has a net worth of $60 million. Mike Dirnt is best known as the co-founder, bassist, songwriter, and sometimes lead singer of the band Green Day. He has also performed with the Network, the Frustrators, and Screeching Weasel, among others. Dirnt’s moniker derives from an onomatopoeic nickname his elementary school classmates named him based on the sound he produced when playing air guitar.
Early Life and Beginnings of Career
Michael Ryan Pritchard was born as Mike Dirnt on May 4, 1972 in Oakland, California. As a child, he made the sound “dirnt, dirnt, dirnt” while pretending to pluck the strings of a “air-bass,” earning him the moniker “Mike Dirnt.” His adoptive mother reared him and his sister Myla while their biological father was frequently gone pursuing a college degree. Their parents ultimately divorced. Dirnt then moved live with his father in El Sobrante, but returned to his mother and sister in Rodeo shortly thereafter.
Dirnt attended Carquinez Middle School, where he encountered his future Green Day bandmate Billie Joe Armstrong. The two played guitar together and learned songs by groups such as Def Leppard, the Who, Van Halen, and the Ramones. Dirnt subsequently attended Salesian High School for one year before moving to Pinole Valley High School, where he reconnected with Armstrong. Dirnt worked as a cook at a seafood restaurant to support his financially suffering family at this period. Subsequently, he and Armstrong travelled to Berkeley, where they secured work as security guards at the DIY punk club located at 915 Gilman Street.
Dirnt and Armstrong started the band Sweet Children with Raj Punjabi while they were both attending Pinole Valley High School; they were later joined by drummer John Kiffmeyer and bassist Sean Hughes. The band performed at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, and Armstrong dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music due to the band’s popularity. However, Dirnt persisted with his studies. Green Day’s debut album, “39/Smooth,” was released in 1990, after the band had changed its name to Green Day.
Green Day released its second album, “Kerplunk,” in 1991 after drummer Tré Cool replaced John Kiffmeyer. Three years later, “Dookie,” which won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Record and became Green Day’s best-selling album, marked the band’s breakthrough. Following this success, the band released “Insomniac,” “Nimrod,” and “Warning.” In 2004, “American Idiot,” a rock opera album by Green Day, was one of the band’s biggest hits, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 and winning a Grammy for Best Rock Album. In 2009, the band scored another massive hit with “21st Century Breakdown.” This was followed by a trio of CDs with the titles “Uno!, Dos!, and Tré! Green Day’s subsequent albums include “Revolution Radio,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and “Father of All Motherfuckers,” the group’s last album on Reprise Records.
Other Musical Works
In the summer of 2003, Dirnt helped develop the Network, a six-piece new wave band consisting of Green Day musicians, friends, and traveling colleagues. In September, The Network released its debut album, “Money Money 2020.” It published its second album, “Money Money 2020 Part II: We Told You So!” after a 17-year absence. Dirnt plays bass and sings lead vocals on a handful of tunes for the band.
In 2007, Dirnt and his fellow Green Day bandmates launched a new side project called Foxboro Hot Tubs. The touring lineup also includes Jason Freese, Kevin Preston, and Jason White. In 2008, Foxboro Hot Tubs published their debut album, “Stop Drop and Roll!!! Dirnt is a member of the Frustrators, Screeching Weasel, and Squirtgun, among other side projects.
KROQ Weenie Roast
In 1998, Dirnt experienced a terrifying encounter during the annual KROQ Weenie Roast, a Southern California multi-artist extravaganza. Here, Third Eye Blind bassist Arion Salazar rushed onstage to embrace Dirnt, who was unprepared for the physical touch. The event escalated into a confrontation that required security to remove Salazar off the stage. After the concert, Dirnt confronted Salazar backstage, which led to an altercation in which Dirnt was hit in the head with a beer bottle, resulting in a slight skull fracture.
Personal and Professional Activities
Dirnt has been married more than once. He married Anastasia Serman in 1996; they had a daughter named Estelle and divorced in 1999. After five years, Dirnt wed Sarah Garrity, whom he divorced the following year. Next, in 2009, he married Brittney Cade; the pair has two children, Brixton and Ryan.
On the business side of things, Dirnt is a co-owner of the Oakland and Emeryville eatery Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café. The restaurant’s menu includes punk-themed foods, such as God Save the Chicken, a reference to the Sex Pistols’ song “God Save the Queen.” In December 2015, Dirnt and Armstrong announced the establishment of their own coffee company, Oakland Coffee Works, which sells organic beans and employs biodegradable pods and packaging.
In 2016, Mike purchased a house in Piedmont, California for $5.85 million. In May of 2019, he offered this house for sale for $6.8 million. A month later, he sold the home for $6.62 million.
Mike has owned at least three properties in Ojai, California, one property in Newport Beach, and one home in Montecito over the years.