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Serj Tankian Net Worth

Serj Tankian Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Serj Tankian net worth is
$18 Million

Serj Tankian Wiki Biography

Serj Tankian was born on 21 August 1967, in Beirut, Lebanon, and is an Armenian-American vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, record producer and poet, as well as a political activist. Serj is probably best known as a member of the band System of a Down, and a founder of the record label Serjical Strike Records.

So just how rich is Serj Tankian? Authoritative sources estimate that the total amount of Serj’s net worth reaches $18 million as of mid-2016, earned mostly as an active personality in the music industry during a career which began in the early ’90s.

Serj Tankian Net Worth $18 Million

Being seven years old, he and his family moved to Los Angeles, California USA, where he attended Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School, a bilingual institution. Serj started to play instruments and write songs rather late, while studying in California State University, Northridge. In 1994, Serj together with other three Armenian-American friends – John Dolmayan, Shavo Odadjian and Daron Malakian – founded a band named System of a Down. The band was active ’til 2006, and in 2010 they reunited. The band has released 16 singles, five studio albums, 11 music videos and an EPs. Three singles –  ‘Chop Suey!’, ‘Aerials’ and ‘Lonely Day’ – were nominated for Grammy Awards and one single ‘B.Y.O.B.’ won a Grammy Award for the Best Hard Rock Performance. In addition to this, the band won a Europe Music Award for the Best Alternative Act and MTV Good Woodie Award. The successful participation in the band has increased the overall amount of Serj Tankian net worth considerably.

As a solo artist, Serj has released 12 singles, five studio albums, 23 music videos, two EPs, a live album and video album, adding significantly to his net worth. Moreover, Serj has increased his wealth while producing the albums of System of a Down, Fair to Midland, Slow Motion Reign, Buckethead & Friends and other artists.

In his personal life, after a long courtship, Serj Tankian married Angela Madatyan – an Armenian – in 2012; they have a son and currently live near Auckland, New Zealand. Tankian is co-founder of the organization named the Axis of Justice. In public, he usually speaks for justice and peace; he composes songs and through them he also expresses his opinion about human rights and social justice. Moreover, he was the organizer of a number of protests to gain public attention on recognition of the alleged Armenian genocide. Serj Tankian increases his popularity and net worth in his website There you can read the latest news about Serj and the organization the Axis of Justice, find the biography of the famous artist, listen to his music, watch videos, find pictures and read about the upcoming projects. In the website there is a community to join if you are one of the fans and want to share your feelings or ideas with people who adore the same person. In addition to this, you can find a store on the webpage where you can buy stuff related to the artist. The website adds to Tankian’s net worth, too.

Full NameSerj Tankian
Net Worth$18 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 21, 1967
Place Of BirthBeirut, Lebanon
Height6 ft (1.85 m)
ProfessionSongwriter, Singer, Poet, Musician, Guitarist, Keyboard Player, Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Multi-instrumentalist
EducationCalifornia State University, Northridge
SpouseAngela Madatyan (m. 2012)
ChildrenRumi Tankian Madatyan
ParentsAlice Tankian, Khatchadour Tankian, Empty Walls, Sky Is Over, Lie Lie Lie
Nicknames塞尔日·坦基扬 , Танкян, Серж
Music GroupsSystem of a Down (Since 1994), Axis of Justice, Serart
NominationsEcho Award for Best International Newcomer
1Vandyke looking beard
1When I was younger, I was listening to a lot of Armenian music, you know, revolutionary music about freedom and protest. In the 70s I was listening to soul and the Bee Gees and ABBA, and funk.
2The best way to do that is to pick up a new instrument or an instrument that you don't typically write on and see where it takes you. Whether it's using an acoustic guitar, or piano, or electronics as tools, all of these lead to creating different types of songs and I used all of these methods for this record.
3People get so attached to a position which they identify themselves with that they just spurt it out, but they can't really give you a viable reason why they feel that way.
4If you allow for a purely capitalistic society, without any type of regulation at all, you will get one monopoly that will eat all of the smaller fish and own everything, and then you'll have zero capitalism, zero competition - it would just be one giant company.
5I've got my own studio, and I've got four- to five-hundred unreleased tracks. I've got stuff that's electronic, orchestral, jazz, I've got rock, I've got metal, you know, I don't have polka.
6I'm not comfortable with just entertaining. Although I like entertaining, I also like bringing forward the truth of our times as minstrels used to in the old days.
7Harout Pamboukjian is one of the biggest Armenian folk singers in the world. In the '70s, he was making these records that were really Zeppelin-influenced.
8Composing is what I love most from what I do. Each genre has a unique expression that you cannot supplant with another. All the records co-inspire each other though they are not tied conceptually in any way to another.
9The most important thing about music that I've learned after all this time is that to me, it's a way of reaching the truth.
10Sometimes it's better to have a benign dictator than a dumb democracy, to be honest.
11Sometimes a good love song can change the world and create positive energy more than any political song can.
12People always ask me 'do you think there should be more bands doing political music?' and I say 'absolutely not.'
13It's probably a combination of personal and non-personal matters that have led us to where we are musically.
14In the last few years I've been listening to jazz more than anything else. I listen to a lot of world music and experimental here and there.
15I've always tried to listen to a lot of different music from around the world.
16I'm a huge Beatles fan, but I've only really gotten into them as an adult.
17I like African music, and I'm a huge Ravi Shankar fan.
18I have a more direct avenue to expression as an artist than I ever would as a politician.
19Capitalism unchecked is not a democratic system.
20You listen to Bob Dylan and you can't help but think of the 60s, it's very relational and if artists are true artists and not just mere musicians they need to be truthful because the music doesn't come from them it comes from the universe and it's to be shared. At best, we're skilled presenters, and I say that at best.
21We first fought the heathens in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change.
22I think anytime that you go to the extreme of any mode of economics, be it capitalism or communism, you have these feedback mechanisms that make the system turn in on itself.
23The percentage of Americans in the prison system, has doubled since 1985.
24I'd rather let the music speak for itself.
25I think every artist should follow their vision, their hearts is what they need to reveal, not something that society is looking out for.
26I hate injustice, and I can't help but speak against it. But I don't want to get involved in politics.
27As long as people are living their truth or their vision, whether they're activists or not, that's the important thing.
28As an artist, you never want to write the same song again, you always want to challenge yourself to writing in a different way.
29I believe very firmly that indigenous populations had a really good, intuitive understanding of why we're here. And we're trying to gain that same understanding through psychology and intellect in modern civilization.
30People think our music's very aggressive or angry or whatever, and it's just the opposite, really... I like laughing. And I like being really calm before a show, and smiley.
31We first fought... in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change.
32Pretending that we live doesn't make us alive.
33Civilization is a failure. We need to think what we can do together in love and peace.
34Awareness in our society has flipped all types of injustice on its head.
1System of a Down went on hiatus in 2006, but are back together and will tour next year. [November 2010]
2He wrote the lyrics and music for the System of a Down song 'Shimmy'.
3Serj owns his own record label which is called 'Serjical Strike Records'.
4Serj has also sung in other bands for certain songs such as Mushroom Cult by Dog Fashion Disco, and lent his vocals to the song Mein by Deftones. He produced "Enter The Chicken" by Buckethead, and provided vocals to the Buckethead songs We are One, Coma and Waiting Here.
5He is a vegetarian.
6Was a CEO for a computer software company before joining System of a Down
7Vocalist for Grammy Award winning American rock band System of a Down whose members are of Armenian heritage and their songs often have political lyrics like the P.L.U.C.K. about the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the Prison Song which criticizes the prison systems; former song is featured in Ararat (2002) by Canadian-Armenian Atom Egoyan, who admired the genius Soviet-Armenian Sergei Parajanov whose political imprisonment is condemned in Mikhail Vartanov's Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)


The Promise2016/IIwriter: "Aurora"
The Secret Life of Pets2016writer: "Bounce"
Hardcore Henry2015performer: "The Awakening" / writer: "The Awakening"
Rap Critic Reviews2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Voice Israel2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mulatschag2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Transformers: Dark of the Moon2011performer: "Goodbye - Gate 21"
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Serj Tankian: Elect the Dead Symphony2010Video performer: "Feed Us", "Blue", "Sky Is Over", "Lie, Lie, Lie", "Money", "Baby", "Gate 21", "The Charade", "Honking Antelope", "Saving Us", "Elect The Dead", "Falling Stars", "Beethoven's C**t", "Empty Walls"
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video Game writer: "Toxicity"
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "B.Y.O.B."
Body of Lies2008performer: "Bird's Eye" / writer: "Bird's Eye"
Fear Itself2008TV Series performer: "Lie Lie Lie" / writer: "Lie Lie Lie"
Disturbia2007writer: "Lonely Day"
Screamers2006Documentary writer: "B.Y.O.B.", "P.L.U.C.K.", "Cigaro", "Chop Suey", "ATWA", "Aerials", "Holy Mountains", "War", "Mr. Jack", "Spiders"
Bubble Gang2006TV Series music - 1 episode
Bug2006performer: "Innermission" 2006 / writer: "Innermission" 2006
Embedded2005Video writer: "Deer Dance"
Super Secret Movie Rules2004TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 42002Video Game writer: "Shimmy"
MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 20022002TV Special writer: "Chop Suey!"
Ararat2002writer: "P.L.U.C.K." - as Tankian
The Challenge2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 22000writer: "Mind"
Daria2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heavy Metal 20002000lyrics: "Storaged"
Scream 32000writer: "Spiders"
Apocalypse1998Video Game writer: "War?"

Music Department

East of Byzantium: War Gods and Warrior SaintsDocumentary composer: theme music post-production
Hardcore Henry2015composer: additional music
Fear Itself2008-2009TV Series composer - 10 episodes
Bug2006composer: additional music


The Last Inhabitant2016
Wake Up the Souls2015Documentary
Midnight Star2015Video Game
Serj Tankian: Elect the Dead Symphony2010Video


U B Da Judge2012Short


Serj Tankian: Elect the Dead Symphony2010Video executive producer


Screamers2006Documentary technical consultant


No Man's Land2016/IIIHimself
Riffing With2015TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Wake Up the Souls2015DocumentaryHimself, System of a Down
Tech N9ne: Straight Out the Gate2013ShortHimself
Artifact2012DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Metaphysical Milkshake2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly2008-2010TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2007-2010TV SeriesHimself
Serj Tankian: Elect the Dead Symphony2010VideoHimself
Talking Metal2007TV SeriesHimself
MTV Europe Music Awards 20072007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
My Shot With2007TV SeriesHimself
System of a Down Mesmerize2005Video shortHimself
Saturday Night Live2005TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Armenia: A Country Under Blockade2005DocumentaryNarrator
All We Are Saying2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll2001DocumentaryHimself (System of A Down)

Archive Footage

Mulatschag2012TV SeriesHimself

Won Awards

2015Parajanov-Vartanov Institute AwardParajanov-Vartanov Institute AwardsBest FilmWake Up the Souls (2015)
2005GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Hard Rock Performance

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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