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What Is Criss Angel’s Net Worth
Criss Angel, 55, is an American magician, Illusionist, musician and TV personality. As of January 2023, His net worth is estimated to be around $50 million.
Criss is famously known for his live performance in which he collaborated with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas.
In 2010, the show made more than $150 million in revenue. The show made Criss most of his fortune.
Criss Angel is famous for his magic and tricks. But he’s also a musician, Illusionist, screenwriter, and TV personality.
However, he made most of his fortune in 2010 when his best show generated a revenue of $150 million in ticket sales to tourists.
Aside from the breakthrough show, Criss continued to use the money to make more money. He currently owns 2 TV production facilities and a recording studio in the heart of Las Vegas.
As a screenwriter, he was featured in some movies. And the sale of the band’s album added to his net worth.
Criss is straight when it comes to sexual orientation. In 2002, he got married to his long-time girlfriend JoAnn Winkhart.
However, the marriage didn’t last. The couple had no choice but to divorce 4 years later.
Criss has been involved with many women after the divorce including Holly Madison (Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend) and Sandra Gonzalez.
Until 2012 when he met Shaunyl Benson, an Australian singer and got married in 2015.
A year later, the couple allegedly filed for divorce but later got to terms. Before they tied the knot in 2015, they were blessed with a child – Johnny Cristopher. In 2019, they welcomed another baby boy and a baby girl 2021.
Johnny Christopher was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia(ALL) in 2015. He underwent several chemotherapies until 2022 when it was confirmed that he had entered remission.
Criss Angel was so happy that he couldn’t let it be that he uploaded the good news on his IG story saying how strong his boy have been.
|Net Worth:||US $50 million|
|Legal Name:||Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos|
|Height:||5′ 11 ft (1.80m)|
|Weight:||78kg (172 lbs)|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||Magician, Illusionist and Musician|
|City:||Hempstead, Long Island.|
|Parents:||Father: John Sarantakos; Mother: Dimitra Sarantakos|
|Spouse:||JoAnn Winkhart (divorced), Shaunyl Benson (2012–present)|
|Famous for:||Starring in the stage show ‘Criss Angel Mindfreak’ and one of his illusions show ‘Criss Angel Believe|
Criss started his magic career at a very early age. He fell in love with magic when he was at the age of 7. His aunt would teach him different skills and tricks.
Criss never wanted to be like the conventional magicians. He wanted to be unique and special. So, he created his.
As a young and enthusiastic magician, Angel made his first appearance on television in 1994 when he performed in ABC’s one-hour primetime show called “Secrets”.
This debut made him popular and was admired by many, especially Clive Barker, a horror movie director.
Barker supported Angel with all he had. In 1995, he invited Angel to help him with his latest movie ‘Lord of Illusions’. In 1997, Angel was featured in 2 movies The Science of Magic 1 & 2.
Barker was convinced that he would help Angel with the recordings of intros for Angel’s World of Illusion: System One.
That same year, he partnered with Klayton, a musician, to form the heavy metal band called ‘Angel’.
Their collaboration brought about a special show where music is combined with magic. They called the show Angeldust.
Before Criss Angel’s Mindfreak became a TV series, it was a Broadway show. In 2001, the World Underground Theatre picked the show and he continued performing on stage. When not on stage, Angel will still demonstrate his tricks to passersby.
The show later became his first television series on ABC Family special and ran for 85 episodes. Fortunately enough, the series became one of the most successful magic series in the history of television shows.
Criss Angel’s career was known for one thing. And that might be the craziest idea by anyone. Criss Angel held the record for the longest time for a human to be completely submerged in water.
He spent 24 hours fully submerged in a phonebooth-sized water tank in New York Times Square. The performance was also part of what would later become his first TV show.
With such an outrageous performance, Criss became the most-watched magician on the internet in 2010. In 2013, his videos recorded more than 200 million views on the internet.
Criss Angel attended East Meadow High School, in New York. He never proceeded to college. He indulged himself in learning new tricks.
His aunt always shows him new tricks with cards. He started performing at an early age on the streets, and in some local restaurants.
After his High School graduation, considering how obsessed he was with magic, Criss Angel chose to follow his fellow magicians and became a professional magician.
Most of what he did and knew were self-taught because he wanted to be different from other magicians and created his style of magic.
Criss Angel was born to John Sarantakos and Dimitra Sarantakos. His father owns a restaurant and a simple doughnut shop.
Criss married his longtime girlfriend JoAnn Winkhart in 2002 and they got divorced 4 years later.
He had been with several women after the divorce but later tied the knot with Shaunyl Benson, 30, in 2012. They’re happily married with 3 kids.
Criss Angel’s House and Cars
Criss is a man of luxury. If there’s anything that would make him enjoy his life, he’s ready to go all in for it, no matter how expensive.
No doubt, Criss Angel has money. And he has a steady stream for that. The money keeps coming. With such money and stream, Criss has no issues getting himself satisfied. He owns a 25,000-square-foot mansion in Las Vegas that defines the term luxury.
Criss’s garage explained how much love he had for expensive automobiles：
- Porsche 911.
- 2006 Hummer H2.
- 2010 Campagna T Rex.
- Orange County Chopper.
- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
- Rolls Royce Phantom worth $330,000.
- Bugatti Veyron which costs him nearly $2 million.
As Criss loved expensive cars, so did he also have a unique taste for bikes. Criss owns seven custom-made bikes produced for him by Big Bear Choppers whom he featured in his Mindfreak.
To add to his bike collection, Criss also owns a bike that was built by Orange County Choppers. It was the Harley Davidson motorcycle that he rode in his Criss Angel Mindfreak intro.
How Does He Spends His Money?
With a steady source of income, Criss had no problem spending on what would satisfy him. And being a family man, he has more reasons to spend a lot.
Arguably, Criss spent most on automobiles, especially bikes. He had a bike produced for him by the Big Bear Choppers that cost him $100,000.
To show how much he spent on automobiles, Criss had 7 of these bikes and a $330,000 Rolls Royce Phantom to mention a few.
For someone who’s always touring the World performing magic and tricks, it’s logical that Criss invests a lot of money and time in his family.
Most of his family trips weren’t always public. Criss is so keen to see that his family is safe from the media.
One of the publicly known family trips was the Mexico babymoon trip in 2021 when Shaunyl was pregnant with their 3rd kid of 27 weeks.
It was the best time for the family to move to Mexico as they were expecting the baby before the year runs out.
After then, it’ll be hard to say if the family had gone for another trip as Criss and his family continue to live a more private life than ever. Still, due to how busy he is, Criss won’t hesitate to make time to bond with his kids.
As much as he likes to spend on luxuries and his family, Criss is also a philanthropist. He founded the Believe Foundation with the slogan ‘Believe Anything is Possible’.
Awards and Achievements
Criss Angel is one of the most decorated magicians in history. He has won several awards on multiple occasions. Here are some of his notable awards.
- 5-time winner of the International Magician Society’s Magician of the Year award (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008)
- Magician of the Decade – 2009
- Magician of the Century – 2010
- Nominated for the Harry Houdini Award in 2008.
- Merlin Magician Award (2001, 2008). The only person to have won it twice.
- Youngest Magician to be inducted into the International Magician Society’s Magic Hall of Fame
- Awarded the Living Legend Award of World Magic Legacy Awards in 2011.
He also held a considerable number of records such as the latest fastest time to perform the metamorphosis illusion at less than 1 second.
- Most (100) people disappear in an illusion.
- Longest body suspension at 5 hours 42 minutes.
In 2010, Criss was awarded by the Make-A-Wish Foundation for being the most supportive celebrity of the year.
“To me, it’s never about the trick. I don’t care about how something works. I care about how people feel when they watch it. You know, that – that connection – that emotional connection is true magic.”
“Well, to be perfectly frank with you, I never created art or have done demonstrations for anyone before myself artistically. I always do it to try to push my envelope to be the best I can be.”
“When the mind, body, and spirit work as one, anything is possible.”
“Pain is a beautiful thing. When you feel pain, you know you’re alive.”
Criss Angel is an American Magician, Screenwriter, TV personality, and Illusionist. He’s famously known for his Criss Angel Mindfreak and Criss Angel Believe shows.
He has starred in numerous TV shows including the Oprah Winfrey show, WWE Raw, and many more.
Throughout his career as a professional magician, Criss has won numerous awards, sponsored different shows, and made himself a fortune by becoming one of the greatest magicians in the history of the American Art of Magic.