Kurt Cobain Net Worth 2020, Biography, Career, Awards and Death

Kurt Cobain Net Worth 2020, Biography, Career, Awards, and Death.

Kurt Cobain Net Worth 2020Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer-songwriter who rocked the music world with his band Nirvana.Kurt Cobain Net Worth 2020, Biography, Career, Awards and Death


He is known to have displayed artistic traits since early childhood but being a victim of parent’s separation, he had a troubled youth.

Finding solace in music, he started with playing the guitar and slowly and steadily went deeper into the world of music.

Kurt Cobain Net Worth

Kurt Cobain was an American musician and artist who had a net worth of $50 million at the time of his death.


Cobain was born on February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Wendy Elizabeth, a waitress and Donald Leland Cobain, an automotive mechanic.

As a child, he was of a happy go lucky temperament, fascinated by art.

His inclination towards art was evident from his drawings of cartoon characters on his room walls such as Donald Duck, the creature from the Black Lagoon.

His inspirational source was his grandmother Iris Cobain, an artist by profession.

Cobain was attracted to music from a very early age. By the age of four, he could play the piano and even write simple songs like about visiting a local park. He was touched by artists like the Ramones and Electric Light.

He enjoyed listening to songs such as “Motorcycle Song” by Arlo Gutherie, The Beatles, “Hey Jude” and many more.

Seeing his parents separate at the tender age of nine changed his temperament immensely. He became an introvert and at times rebellious, a very different Cobain for everyone.

Cobain visited his mother on weekends but stayed with his father. Seeing his mother suffer in the hands of her second husband who was abusive, he became more depressed.

His father was not able to keep his promise of not remarrying for long. He remarried bringing two children in the house which resulted in a lot of bitterness in Cobain’s attitude towards his father and his new family.

Going through a troubled childhood, his public behavior was becoming impudent, rather strange thereby leaving no choice but a therapist intervention who advised his parents to be together.


  • It was only in 1988 that Cobain finally decided on a name for his group as ‘Nirvana’ which started with a first single, “Love Buzz” that was released by a small label ‘Sub Pop Records’.
  • Their first album ‘Bleach’ was finally released in 1989. It showcased their punk base along with signature heavy metal sounds.
  • Aaron Burckhard left the group and was replaced by Chad Channing for drums, later replaced by Dale Crover.
  • Nirvana as a band was getting famous in Seattle and Cobain also tried writing songs such as a ballad, “About a Girl”.
  • The year 1990 brought in more associations for Nirvana with some rock and roll masters while the band toured with the Sonic Youth resulting in further replacement of Dale Crover by Dave Grohl from the band Scream.
  • A major accomplishment was made in 1991 when the Nirvana joined with Geffen Records, following which ‘Nevermind’ was released.
  • The “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the single by Nirvana that won them accolades in the music world thereby making Cobain the best songwriter of the generation at the young age of 24 only.
  • Another album entitled, “In Utero” was released on September 1993 and it attained huge success. It is all about his bitter life experiences and struggles.
  • He took another leap in the recording league through his “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter.”
  • Although Cobain grew immensely at the professional front but was slowly drifting from his band members on a personal level. Thereafter, he did a gig for the MTV’s unplugged series.
  • The growing popularity was more pressurizing for the young Cobain which made him more apprehensive of his future that seemed uncontrollably from his end; hence he ventured into drugs.


  • Cobain was ranked as the 12th greatest guitarist of all time by David Fricke of Rolling Stone in 2003.
  • He was ranked seventh in the MTV “22 Greatest Voices in Music” list whereas Hit Parader list of “100 Greatest Metal Singers of All Time” placed him at the 20th rank in 2006.
  • The Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee put up a sign in Aberdeen, Washington, saying “Come As You Are” in Cobain’s honor in 2004.
  • Post the sell-off Nirvana song catalog, Cobain replaced Elvis Presley for being the highest-earning deceased celebrity; which was again replaced by Elvis in 2007.
  • He was placed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 with his two bandmates, along with Nirvana bandmates Novoselic and Dave Grohl.
  • A book “Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana” was published by Azerrad who penned down every detail about Nirvana and its members since the band’s inception.


Cobain went to the Exodus Recovery Center in Los Angeles, California on March 30, 1994, for a detox program. The following night he crossed the fence of the rehabilitation center and flew back to Seattle and kept roaming around the city for the next few days.

His friends and family members were unaware of his whereabouts. On April 8, his dead body was discovered at his Lake Washington Boulevard home by an electrician. According to coroner’s report, he died on April 5, 1994. He was only 27.

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