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KISS’ Gene Simmons on his money: “I might give it all away.”

KISS’ Gene Simmons on his money: "I might give it all away."


Go get a paper route, I’m giving my money away!

Gene is gonna make his kids work for their money.

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently taped an interview for the CNBC show "Conversations with Michael Eisner", which is set to air on September 26 at 9:00 p.m. PST/12:00 a.m. (midnight) EST. Gene talks about his music and his new career starring and producing in his own reality television show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels". Simmons answers the question…is he a rock star, a business star or both! An excerpt from the interview follows (video clio available here):

Q: Are you maniacal to get your children to succeed like you succeeded?

Gene: "No. What I wanna do is what every bird does in its nest — it forces the kids to go out there and figure it out for themselves. By the way, in terms of an inheritance and stuff, they’re gonna be taken care of, but they will never be rich off my money. Because every year they should be forced to get up out of bed and go out and work and make their own way."

Q: What are you gonna do with your money?

Gene: "I might give it all away. But the point is, there’s gonna be a yearly allowance so that their rent and their food and all that stuff’s gonna be taken care of, but if you wanna riches, you should do that yourself — you should never thank your parents, ‘I was born into money.’ ‘Well, that’s nice, but what have you done lately?’ Because I don’t them to say, ‘Thanks, dad, for making me rich.’ No, you wanna be able to stand on your own two feet and say, ‘I did that.’"

Watch a preview of the "Conversations with Michael Eisner" episode featuring Gene Simmons below.

Unlike any other interview program on television, "Conversations with Michael Eisner" re-creates the experience of being at a power lunch with the giants of their industries. The interviews focus on the importance of creativity and innovation in all pursuits, from business to politics to entertainment.

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