John Lydon
John Lydon
Celebrated Name: Johnny Rotten
Real Name/Full Name: John Joseph Lydon
Gender: Male
Age: 68 years old
Birth Date: January 31, 1956
Birth Place: Holloway, London, England
Nationality: British, Irish, American
Height: 1.72 m
Weight: 75 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Nora Forster (m. 1979)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (N/A)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is John Lydon Gay?: No
Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $2 million
Last Updated: February 2024

Famous for being the lead singer of the 70’s British punk band Sex Pistols and in the post-punk band Public Image Ltd., John Joseph Lydon was also known by his stage name Johnny Rotten is an eminent songwriter and vocalist in the punk rock genre.

Maybe you know about John Lydon very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of John Lydon’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

John was born on 31 January 1956 in London to parents Eileen Lydia and john Christopher Lydon. His parents were working-class and had moved from Ireland to an apartment in North London in search of better opportunities. Being the eldest of the four brothers, John had to take care of his younger siblings as his mother fell ill quite frequently. While John spent some time at his mother’s native County Cork, he there faced discrimination for having an English accent even though he traveled under an Irish passport. John described himself to be “very shy” at school and hating it for having several embarrassing encounters there and would often get caned as a form of punishment.

At the age of seven, he was diagnosed with spinal meningitis and spent a year attending to his treatments. Since his father was away due to work for the majority of the time, John had to do small jobs to help his family out in times of financial difficulties. He was expelled from school at the age of 15. He then went to Hackney College and met John Simon Ritchie.

Personal Life

John Lydon got married to Nora Forster, an heiress from Germany in the year 1979. He then became the stepfather of Nora’s daughter Ari Up, who was the lead vocalist for the post-punk band the Slits. In 2000, Lydon and Nora had become the legal guardians of Ari’s twin sons.

He stated that the boys were not attended to correctly, and their state is so bad that they could neither read nor write appropriate sentences. Unfortunately, in 2010, Ari passed away. Lydon and Nora then became the guardians for Ari’s third child Wilton. Lydon and his family mostly resided in California, Venice, and London. In 2018 it was revealed that Nora was in the mid-stages of her Alzheimer’s.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on January 31, 1956, John Lydon is 68 years old as of today’s date 21st February 2024. His height is 1.72 m tall, and his weight is 75 kg.


Lydon was one of the few who frequently went out with Malcom McLaren and Vivienne Westwood at their fetish clothing shop. McLaren was promoting a new band formed by Steve Jones while he came across Lydon. Impressed by his shabby look, sense of style, and his orange hair, Lydon was chosen to be the band’s lead singer. In the year 1977, the band released “God Save the Queen” during Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee.

Lydon was interested in dub music and looked up to progressive experimentalists like Magma while the tensions between John and the band’s bassist Glen kept growing. After Glen quit, John asked his friend Richie to replace him, although he was entirely under qualified to be a part of the band. Richie used the stage name Sid Vicious which John had given him. Richie’s relationship with his girlfriend Nancy was chaotic enough to worsen his heroin addiction and tension among the members. In January 1978, at a concert in San Francisco, The Sid-Vicious phase for the Sex Pistols came to an end.

In the same year, Lydon formed the group Public Image Ltd(PiL). Bassist Wobble yet left, and Lydon and Levene continued to create The Flowers of Romance(1981). Their album This is What You Want. This is What You Get(1984) had the song “This Is Not A Love Song,” which got featured on   No. 5 in UK’s Singles Chart in 1983.

In 1983, he starred alongside Harvey Keitel in the film Cop killer and also played a small role in the film The Independent released in 2000.

Awards & Achievements

“This is Not a Love Song” got featured on No. 5 on UK’s Singles chart in 1983. Apart from that, he received the NME Award f0r Face of the Decade in 1979, NME Award for Most Wonderful Human Being in 1977 and 1976, Porin Special Merit Award in 2013, and the NME Award for Best Music Book in 2011.

Net Worth & Salary of John Lydon in 2024

John Lydon Net Worth
John Lydon Net Worth

Being the lead singer of one of the most popular punk rock bands, he has made a vast fortune for himself over the period. He has been valued to have a net worth of $2 Million as of February 2024.

John Lydon has made immense contributions to music while the world witnessed a punk rock movement all along. His experimental form of creating music kept his audience at the edge of their seats at all times, wondering what’s next. His work has played a significant role in forming the base for the current state of the punk rock genre.


  1. While i know john lydon has never been impressed by status or money i was surprised to tead his net worth is only 2 million considering his huge amount of songs and massive influences on music in general. Wouldnt be surprised if he gives most of his wealth away to charity.thats the bloke he is. God save jonny rotten

  2. He gave all of his payment from I’m a celebrity away to charity but his recent court case has left him dire need of being replenished.

  3. He is a music and intellectual legend – for good reason! Here in Canada I am inspired by his music and interviews – especially during our cold, dark winters. A gift to us all – if you open the package that is John Lydon (Rotten)….

    Gary Loftus, Toronto, Canada


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