Jon Bon Jovi, legendary rocker and rising philanthropist, has lived with his wife and four children in their Middletown New Jersey mansion since 1999. The rock start bought the land in 1995 and built a custom home for his family. The home is on 16 acres of riverside property in the upscale suburb 30 miles south of New York City. The mansion is worth $2.6 million in late 2014, and was valued at $1.7 when it was completed in 1998.
The house, within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and Bon Jovi left a European tour to return home to help his family and community.
Bon Jovi is one of the most successful recording artists of all time. He has earned nearly $1 billion in his lifetime and has a current net worth of upwards of $300 million. In the first six months of 2014 alone, he earned $82 million, mainly from tour revenues.
The Bon Jovi family has successfully managed to keep most of their personal information private, but in 2012, they invited CBS reporters Lara Logan and Charlie Rose for a tour of the house, showing off personal touches including a large hidden movie screen that rises from underneath the living room floor, a special area for his many awards and a top of the line kitchen.
Bon Jovi’s estate includes several outer houses, including a state of the art recording studio that has been used for every record since “Crush” in 1999. He also has a private pub named the “Shoe Inn” on the property, where he enjoys hosting friends and family for pool and drinks.
Bon Jovi also has a significant car collection, including a Ferrari, Shelby Mustang, Mercedes, and Harley Davidsons.
The home was broken into as part of a string of robberies in the neighborhood in 2011. The thief reportedly stole nearly $500,000 in property, including $100,000 in jewelry. The alleged thief was caught later in another home and prosecuted for that crime.
The Bon Jovis also own a chic penthouse in the SoHo area of New York, which has been on and off the market since 2012. The asking price has dropped from $45 million to under $38 million, a reflection of the changing housing market.
Bon Jovi married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea, in Las Vegas in 1988 while on tour. The couple has four children and are still happily married. Bon Jovi has increased his community involvement in recent years, founding a charity targeting families facing economic hardship. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation includes a restaurant where diners are asked contribute $10 towards feeding and helping the less fortunate. The charity also provides housing, employment opportunities and other programs to help disadvantaged individuals and families move forward. He has also worked to revitalize Newark, including by starting one of Bon Jovi’s recent tours in the city.
Jon Bon Jovi has sold over 130 million records both with the band Bon Jovi and as a solo artist, from 12 band albums and two solo albums. He is consistently ranked among the top 100 people in the recording industry. With continued album releases from 1983 through 2013, the band has maintained popularity with young fans and thereby propelled their success far beyond other music groups that became popular when they came on the music scene. He also has a successful acting career, appearing in television shows including “Ally McBeal” and “Sex in the City” and in movies including “Pay it Forward and “U-571”.
The CBS feature on Bon Jovi’s house can be viewed here: