A Breakdown of Bam Margera’s Earning Power, Issues With Alcoholism and His Family Ties

Renowned as a pro skater, Bam Margera has achieved fame by working in many careers ranging from skateboarding to acting. He has done some works as a writer and director for which he has gained recognition, and they include Haggard: The Movie and its spin-off, Minghags: The Movie. Since he got cast in the MTV TV series, Jackass, Margera has attained huge career success in acting, featuring projects like Grind and Viva La Bam.

Beyond the achievements of his skateboarding and film career, Bam Margera has also made money as a musician. He was a performing member of the band, Fuckface Unstoppable. Although his achievements are underscored by his long-running battle with the demon inside a bottle, Bam’s enterprising nature has made him a rich man.

Bam Margera’s Road to a $20 Million Net Worth Started with a Video Series with His Friends

Though he used to be worth as high as $50 million and has lost most of it to his struggles with alcoholism (more on this later), Bam Margera is still a rich man. The Jackass star has an estimated net worth of $20 million, earned over two decades as a performer and entertainer. His road to riches began on the playground and has led to various professional endeavours, with varying degrees of success.

He kickstarted his career by making videos of himself skateboarding and performing stunts with his friends. He turned these videos into a video series known as CKY Video Series. CKY means Camp Kill Yourself, named after his brother’s band, CKY.

His friends and the CKY Crew include Brandon DiCamillo, Chris Raab, Rake Yohn, and others. They began recording the videos in 1999 and released them on VHS and DVD. They released four videos between 1999 and 2002. Before it ended, Bam Margera and crew had gained enough popularity to land a gig on MTV, kicking his professional entertainment career.

Since Jackass, He Has Appeared in Over 18 Acting Projects, with Writing and Producer Credits

The success of the video series led him to Jeff Tremaine, a former editor of Big Brother. He added him to the American reality comedy series, Jackass, the reality comedy series starring other names like Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville. The show featured cast members carrying out stunts and pranks on the public or each other.

It originally aired for three seasons on MTV between October 1, 2000, and February 2, 2002, and Bam appeared in 40 out of its 55 episodes. The show’s success and popularity further pushed Margera into the spotlight, and he appeared in the film versions that followed, Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two, Jackass 3D, and Jackass 3.5.

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Speaking of films, he made his debut appearance in a project outside of reality show in 2003, playing himself in the 2003 film, Grind. He has since gone on to appear in other works like Minghags, The Bates Haunting, Loiter Squad, and Kidnapped. So far, he has more than 18 acting credits to his name, including voice roles in video games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and 4. He also appeared in Scarface: The World Is Yours and Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland.

He is often an integral part of every project onscreen and behind the scenes. As a result, he also writer, producer, and director credits for many of his films. He is a credited writer and producer for several of the Jackass films. He has also directed plenty of his independent films, like Minghags, Bam’s World Domination, and Where the #$&% Is Santa?

There are More Than 100 Reality and Variety Shows in Bam’s Sprawling Filmography

The real success of Bam Margera’s onscreen career is, however, in reality television. With the success of CKY and Jackass, MTV gave him his own series, Viva La Bam. The cast consists of his friends and family, and it ran for five seasons and 40 episodes. It filmed primarily in West Chester, Pennsylvania, his birth city, Europe, and South America.

Since 2006, Bam Margera has continued making money appearing in other reality, and variety shows, with credited appearances in over 100 of them. They include Bam’s Unholy Union, 3000 Miles with Bam and Hawk, Bam’s World Domination, Punk’d, Bam’s Bad Ass Game Show, and more.

His Skateboarding Career Has Equally Been a Major Source of Income

Most people’s knowledge of Bam’s skateboarding skills is tied to his onscreen film and reality TV performances. But he does have a professional career outside of his media projects. Bam Margera started skateboarding in the late 1990s, and during that time, he gained sponsorship from Toy Machine Skateboard.

He was later associated with other brands like Electric Sunglasses, Landspeed Wheels, Adio Footwear, Speed Metal Bearings, Volcom, and a few more. From 2001 to 2016, Margera was a Team Element member, a demonstration team for Element Skateboards. In 2016, Bam retired from professional skateboarding due to a lack of major sponsorships.

The filmmaker/skateboarder has, however, made additional income with a brief return to the sport. He had a limited partnership with Element Skateboards in late 2017, who was rereleasing his most memorable deck designs for the company’s 25th anniversary.

How much precisely each deal fetched him remains unknown. Still, there is no doubt that they have been significant, contributing to his $20 million net worth, with additional wealth coming through his work in music and radio.

Bam Margera was also a Music Label Owner and a Radio Host

At the height of Bam’s popularity in the early 2000s, he began a radio show, Radio Bam, on Sirius Satellite Radio. He launched the show on November 24, 2004, and it ran from 2004 to 2013, recording a total of 302 episodes. Like most of his media projects, the show featured his friends and members of the CKY Crew.

About a year after launching the radio program, he started a record label, Filthy Note Records. Under the label, he has directed several music videos for Vains of Jenna, Clutch, HIM, and The 69 Eyes. When the label existed, it had three bands under its roster, including The Moxy and Viking Skull.

At least two projects were released under the label, including Viking Skull’s Chapter Two. He was also a member of the band, Fuckface Unstoppable. It was a joke band that featured his brother, girlfriend, and Brandon Novak. The band released one album, FFU, in May 2014.

He has also been a part of other bands like The Evesdroppers and Gnarkill. Bam Margera has two albums to his name via the latter and has an album with the former.

Another venture that has helped Bam Margera to his $20 million wealth includes a published book, Serious as Dog Dirt. He released the book in late 2009. Sadly, despite the accomplishments he has recorded over the years, Bam Margera has lost a significant fraction of his wealth to his long-term battle with alcoholism.

His Addiction to Alcohol Began on the Set of Jackass

The struggle has been part of his public history since his twenties, and it began with the daredevil show, Jackass. While discussing with Dr. Phil, he revealed he started taking alcohol on the reality show to cope with the pain from injuries sustained during filming.

While his alcohol consumption was not ideal during this period, they were somewhat manageable, although there were extremist moments. In July 2009, he ended up in the hospital after a four-day alcohol binge. He entered rehab for the first time in December that year but failed to complete the program, leaving after four days.

Things exacerbated in 2011 after his close friend and co-star, Ryan Dunn, died in a car accident in 2011. According to him, 2012 was the year he lost control of his alcohol dependence. After three years of binge-drinking, he returned to rehab and left again without finishing the program.

Despite his struggle with alcohol, it had little impact on his career, with perhaps the possibility that he could have achieved a lot more. After the failure of his second rehab stint, he gave sobriety another try outside of a program. He took part in the VH1 show, Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn, and stayed sober for months.

In 2015, he opened up on his mental health issues, eating disorders, and struggle with an unhealthy lifestyle that left him overweight. It was part of the most extensive healthy period of his life since Jackass, and it ended in 2017.

Bam’s Son, Phoenix, Kept Him from Committing Suicide

During his honest interview with Dr. Phil, Bam Margera revealed that he had considered taking his life. After getting a handle on his drinking between 2015 and 2017, he relapsed and entered rehab again in January 2018. He well off the wagon after he got arrested for a DUI.

This relapse was followed by a turbulent period that included getting robbed at gunpoint in Columbia. During the discussion with Dr. Phil, he admitted having a mental breakdown, one that made him consider killing himself by walking into a lake. However, while contemplating, he saw his son, Phoenix, born in 2017, and it stopped him from going through with it.

He returned to rehab in January 2019 but left again without completing the program, opting to fight his alcoholism independently. To date, he has struggled to achieve this and has been the subject of a few public controversies.

He was caught on video threatening a manager in March 2019 at West Side Comedy Club in New York City. In August, he was thrown off a commercial flight for an altercation with an airport police officer after telling him he was too drunk to fly. Following the incident, he made a public plea to Dr. Phil to help him. The TV psychologist referred him to a treatment centre, and the long-term impact of his help remains to be seen.

The Jackass Alum is Married and Has a child with Nicole Boyd

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On October 5, 2013, Bam Margera got married to Nicole Boyd during a rock n’ roll concert in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was the second marriage of the professional skateboarder from his third engagement. His wife, Nicole, works as a photographer for Margera’s music band and has previously worked as a graphic artist and designer. According to several sources, she has also had a stint in acting, appearing in the TV drama series, Togetherness.

Four years into their marriage, Bam and Nicole welcomed their only child thus far, a son named Phoenix Wolf, on December 23, 2017. But while his son’s birth has had a positive influence on his life, things have not been rosy between him and Nicole.

During his revealing discussion with Dr. Phil, he blamed his wife for his struggles, claiming she is too stubborn and monitors his drug use. While it sounds like she is looking out for her husband’s health, their dynamic has not made for a healthy relationship. However, the couple remains together.

He Used to be Married to Melissa Rothstein

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Before Nicole, Bam Margera was in a high-profile marriage to childhood friend and American model/photographer, Melissa Rothstein. After a couple of months of dating, they got engaged in 2006. Life after engagement and the events leading up to their wedding became the MTV series’s Bam’s Unholy Union.

They got married on February 3, 2007, in a lavish ceremony with over 300 people in attendance. The couple had their honeymoon in Dubai, but the exciting start to their marriage did not last. His alcohol addiction proved to be a massive challenge. After Nicole called the paramedics on him following a four-day binge in July 2009, the state of their marriage became uncertain.

By October 2010, Bam had admitted the couple lived in different cities, and they only saw each other once a week. He also admitted he was having affairs with multiple women. Eventually, after a turbulent five years of marriage, they got divorced in November 2012.

A Seven-Year Relationship with Jenn Rivell Ended on a Sour Note

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Before Melissa, Bam Margera was in a longterm relationship with Jenn Rivell, a divorced single mother. Their relationship began in 1998, and she was a part of his evolution as an MTV star. She appeared in several of his projects, especially episodes of Viva La Bam.

It appeared they were headed to the altar, but it turned not to be the case as they ended their seven-year relationship in 2005. Afterward, Margera filed for Protection from Abuse from her after she allegedly broke into his house.

Bam Margera’s Success Transformed His Parents into Reality TV Stars

The Jackass star was a regular kid born to parents, April and Phil Margera, on September 28, 1979, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. That is until he found fame with his CKY Video Series. His parents had two kids, the second being his brother, Jess.

His parents appeared in his reality show, Viva La Bam, and in his CKY videos. They also appeared in Minghags: The Movie and Bam’s Unholy Union. Bam’s parents have been able to leverage the exposure and celebrity from the shows and films to build their own thing.

His mother, April, published a cookbook, April Cooks: There’s an Alligator in My Kitchen. She also opened a furniture store, The Rose Hip Barn, in Thornton, Pennsylvania, where she sells refurbished furniture and homemade purses. His father appeared in the second season of Celebrity Fit Club and Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 video game.

Bam Margera’s brother, Jess, is a drummer for CKY, the band whose name sparked Bam’s ascension to stardom. He co-founded the band in 1997 and has released five albums with the group. He has also performed with other bands like Gnarkill, Foreign Objects, Viking Skull, The Company Band, The Evesdroppers, and Fuckface Unstoppable.

His Uncle, Vincent Margera, was Convicted of Sexually Assaulting a Minor

One other notable family member of Bam Margera’s famous family is Vincent’ Don Vito’ Margera. Like the rest of Bam’s family, he came into prominence in Viva La Bam and appeared in the CKY series and Jackass. Popularly known as Don Vito, he got the nickname due to the similarity of his unintelligible speech to The Godfather’s Don Vito Corleone.

But speech impediment was not the only thing he shared with the character. He also had a criminal streak, specifically for inappropriately touching two 12-year-old girls. He was arrested for the act on August 18, 2006, in Lakewood, Colorado.

Represented by Pamela Mackey, the infamous lawyer who defended Kobe Bryant in his alleged 2003 rape case, Don Vito pleaded not guilty. After a short trial, he was founded guilty on October 30, 2007, of two counts of sexual assault on a minor.

Bam Margera’s uncle got sentenced to ten years of probation served in Pennsylvania. He was put in the sex offender’s list, and they removed all traces of him in the CKY, Viva La Bam, and Jackass projects. He also got banned from reprising the character in any capacity, including signing autographs.

Two years before his sentence’s expiration, he collapsed in his home and was rushed to the hospital. He was in a coma for five days and recovered for a few weeks before he passed on November 15, 2015, from kidney and liver failure. He had struggled with obesity, strabismus, and alcoholism for most of his life.

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