Richie Sambora, best known as the lead guitarist for one of the most popular bands of all time, Bon Jovi is an American guitarist, songwriter, singer, and producer. Richie played as lead guitarist in Bon Jovi for 30 years long. He also has released three solo albums.
Divorced from wife, Heather Locklear, Sambora is very devoted towards his daughter. His reason to leave the famous band, Bon Jovi was that he wanted to spend more time with his daughter. To know more about Richie Sambora and his early life, couple, career, education, family, parents, marriage, married life, divorce, children, affairs, relationship, net worth, salary, award, mother, father, cars, houses, bikes, and lifestyle, stay with us.
Richi Sambora Early life
Richie Sambora was born on 1959 Perth Amboy, New Jersey and later his family moved to Woodbridge where he was raised. Interested in music from early age, Sambora got his first guitar when he was 12 years old. He started playing in band three years later.
Sambora has had an interesting and prolific career. Early in his journey as a guitarist, he played for the band, Message and later signed into Mercy, which was a Led Zeppelin owned record label, Swan Song Record.
Richie Sambora was also contracted by an improvisational club band, Richie Sambora, and Friends. At an early age of 19, he owned his own personal independent label Dream Disc Records. Sambora performed his first professional tour as an opening act for Joe Cocker in the early 80s.
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Sambora stumbled upon his big break when the guitarist attended Bon Jovi’s live show, wherein Sambora approached the band with an offer to work together. The band, which was in needed replacement of lead guitarist itself, invited Sambora for a rehearsal and was immediately enrolled.
Richie Sambora left the band in 2013 due to his personal issue with his family stating that he needed more time to focus on his daughter and strengthen their bond.
Richie and his ex-band, Bon Jovi are scheduled to be playing together in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame together after 5 years of separation.
Richie Sambora has released three solo albums in total, Stranger in This Town (1991), Undiscovered Soul (1998) and Aftermath of the Lowdown (2012). He announced the release of his third album through his Twitter page. All of his solos have performed very well and are in the ranking of The Billboard 200.
Sambora has also worked with the iconoclast, Cher, in 1987 and worked with Australian rock-pop artist, Shannon Noll.
Richie Personal life, Wife, Daughter, and Relationship
Richie Sambora was married to wife, Heather Locklear, an actress, from 17th December 1994 till 11th April 2007. They were romantically married in Paris. Three years later in 1997, the couple blessed with Daughter who was christened as Ava Elizabeth Sambora. Later Heather sued Sambora for divorce stating irreconcilable differences.
On April 20th of 2007, Sambora’s father died tragically due to lung cancer. Currently, Sambora is in a romantic relationship with Orianthi Panagaris, a fellow Australian guitarist.
Sambora has confessed to having substance abuse problem, ranging from Alcohol to painkiller medicine. On June of 2007, it was disclosed that Sambora was due to enter an undisclosed rehab facility in LA. After the rehab, Sambora stated that he was feeling much better.
Richie Net Worth
Richie Sambora’s net worth is estimated to be a whopping $100 million dollars. Sambora has been reported to own variety of musical instruments which is guessed to be more than 130 in numbers.
Sambora has involved himself in a number of charitable works such as Dream Street, the Steve Young Forever Young Foundation, and Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease charity. Due to his father’s tragic death, he has donated money privately to various cancer charities and hospitals.