Capital: € 165 million
Age: 71
Born: 12/03/1948
Country of origin: Great Britain
Source of wealth: Singer
Last updated: 2024

Short introduction

John Michael Osbourne, better known as Ozzy Osbourne, is an English rock musician. He was the lead singer of the hard rock band Black Sabbath. He was also successful as a solo artist worldwide. Ozzy was hailed by the rock scene as the “Godfather of Metal” (godfather of metal music) and “Prince of Darkness” (prince of darkness). Through the reality series “The Osbournes” his whole family became well known. His wife Sharon Osbourne managed him. Two of his five children, namely Kelly and Jack, also became famous through the program.

Early life

John Michael Osbourne grew up in Birmingham, England, as the child of a working class family with five siblings. The family lived in a two-room row house under poor conditions. He got the nickname Ozzy when he was at school. Ozzy had great difficulties at school due to his poor reading and spelling skills.

He left school as a teenager and tried to earn money for his family with various odd jobs. The poor pay for these jobs even made him a criminal. He tried as a burglar but was caught and had to go to prison for six weeks. There he tattooed his nickname on his fingers, which is one of his trademarks today.

After his prison stay, he wanted to try himself as a musician. He bought a microphone and amplifier from borrowed money and advertised an advertisement at local music stores. Then the first line-up of the band Black Sabbath came together. From 1969 to 1979 the band appeared with Ozzy as frontman. In 1979 the band mates separated from their singer due to drug and alcohol problems. These should significantly influence Ozzy Osbourne’s life and keep him in deep holes.

However, the separation from Black Sabbath cleared the way for an extremely successful solo career. The daughter of the former Black Sabbath manager, Sharon Arden, encouraged him to start his solo career and from then on helped him to start and build his career. The two formed a band and the first album “Ozzy Osbourne” from 1980 was a success.


Since the album had been very successful in England, Ozzy and Sharon also tried to gain a foothold in the USA. It succeeded with the album “Diary of a Madman” in 1981. This work is considered a classic of heavy metal music. Ozzy Osbourne, with his appearance, style, vocals and music, strongly influenced hard rock and the development of heavy metal in the eighties.

His eccentric personality, which is shaped by the circumstances of his origin and his addictions and diseases, made him one of the greatest artists on the rock scene and one of the most famous heavy metal musicians in the world. The fortunes of his career were largely guided by his wife Sharon Osbourne (née Arden), because Osbourne was often unable to manage his career and his wealth. In 1982 Ozzy Osbourne married her manager Sharon.

The crazy and degenerate stage shows, in which Ozzy even accidentally bit off the head of a bat (a fan had a real bat thrown on the stage and Ozzy thought it was a rubber dummy) were celebrated in the scene.
Repeated alcohol and drug excesses and the resulting attacks of weakness repeatedly disturbed the tour processes.

His third solo album “Bark at the Moon” and the subsequent world tour were nevertheless a great success. In 1986 “The Ultimate Sin” and Ozzy Tourte with Metallica appeared. Two years later, “No Rest for the Wicked” followed, with this album the band, whose constellation changed again and again, toured successfully. In the nineties, the studio solo albums “No more Tears” and “Ozzmosis” followed. “Down to Earth”, “Black Rain” and “Scream” appeared in the two thousand years. But other live albums were released. Due to an accident, with a quad, on his own property, which was almost fatal, the tours had to be interrupted in the middle of the two thousand years.

Nevertheless, Ozzy Osbourne is considered one of the rock musicians with the most spectacular stage shows and is celebrated worldwide as the prince of darkness.

His over 100 million albums sold should have provided sufficient financial cushion. The tours and the reality TV series “The Osbournes” brought in a lot of money for the family and made them world stars, also outside of the rock scene.

Ozzy Osbourne has been the lead singer at Black Sabbath since 2012 and has toured successfully with the band and produced further band albums.

Career highlights

Ozzy Osbourne is considered one of the most influential singers and artists of the heavy metal and hard rock music scene.

In 2002 he was awarded a star on the Walk of Fame. In the same year he sang the song Paranoid in honor of Elizabeth the Second’s throne in England. The TV series “The Osbournes”, which was broadcast on MTV, made the whole family rise to superstars.

For the single “Don’t want to change the world” Ozzy received the Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.

In 1996 Sharon Osbourne founded the Ozzfest together with her husband. A rock music festival where bands such as Korn and Slipknot became very well known. Established bands are also regular acts at this, now firmly established rock festival of the Osbournes.

Famous quotes

“Maybe it’s not too late to learn, love, and hate forgetting.”

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

“Of everything I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.”

Amazing facts

Ozzy needed 20 attempts to get his driver’s license. He finally passed the exam at the age of 61.

The Osbournes own several valuable properties. These include an apartment for around 3.8 million euros in West Hollywood, a villa in Buckinghamshire that has already been flooded and several fires behind it, and a villa for around 11 million euros in Hancock Park, which is the family property in America is.


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