George Alan O’Dowd is a famous English singer and songwriter, fans might know him by his stage name Boy George. Apart from singing and writing songs, George is also a DJ, photographer, actor, fashion designer, and record producer.
He is the lead singer for the popular pop band Culture Club and also known for his soulful voice. His current net worth is roughly around $50 million at the age of 59 years.
Early Life of Boy Geroge
George, born on June 14, 1961, in Kent, England, was a member of a working-class family. He had five siblings and an abusive, sometimes violent father. In his younger days, George used to follow the New Romantic Movement going on in the UK. He eventually moved to London where he was majorly influenced by the likes of David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and Patti Smith.
O’Dowd started his career working for the group Bow Wow Wow, which he left later on to start his own band, the Culture Club. After many setbacks and demos get unnoticed, the band eventually ends up getting represented by Virgin Records and Epic Records, and together they have released their debut album in 1982, Kissing to be Clever. One of the album’s singles, hit the top charts across the globe and has the rank of #2 in the US.
Culture Club followed Kissing to be Clever with their next album, Colour by Numbers, which was an even bigger success than its predecessor when it came out in 1983. It contained hits like Church of the Poison Mind and Karma Chameleon, which topped charts in the US.
Their third album, Waking up With the House on Fire which has released in 1984, hadn’t as well-received but still managed to get one popular hit, The War Song.
By the late 80’s George had become quite a controversial figure and had developed a drug addiction. The Culture Club disbanded after releasing their fourth album, From Luxury to Heartache.
Boy George made a comeback in 1922 with his single US chart-topper, The Crying Game, which was the soundtrack of the movie of the same name. It was his first single that became a major success.
In the next phase of his career, George switched to Electronic Dance Music, or EDM, and became a popular DJ in London.
Boy George has arrested by cops in 2005 for drug use and for calling a false burglary.
He has since entered quite a few drug rehab programs and looks like is currently leading a normal life with $50 million to his name.