Mike Shinoda Net Worth

Mike Shinoda Net Worth

Mike Shinoda has played a major role in the Linkin Park records, as well as supervising and organizing the “Reanimation” remix album in 2002. He’s had some big hits that helped create his wealth and has worked with Jay Z and others. His net worth is around $23 million.

Who is Mike Shinoda?

Michael Kenji Shinoda, popularly known as Mike Shinoda in the American rock band circuit, is an American musician, vocalist, rapper, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is better known as the co-founder of the popular American rock band ‘Linkin Park’. Shinoda first formed the band along with his schoolmate Brad Delson, under the name ‘Xero’, and after achieving a college degree in graphic design and illustration and side by side working on putting the band properly together, the band was named ‘Linkin Park’—in 2002 its first album ‘Hybrid Theory’ was released. Shinoda remained mostly involved with the technical intricacies of the band and its production processes in the beginning but later on expanded his role by giving his vocals, rapping and actively working on the artwork of the album. ‘Fort Minor’ is another individual project of Shinoda’s, which he initiated to satiate his desire to create hip-hop music. He is a talented artist with a natural knack for artwork and design and has had two public showcases of his artwork—one in America and the other in Japan. Shinoda began a college scholarship at Art Center College of Design to help future illustrators and graphic designers—‘Michael K. Shinoda Endowed Scholarship’- it is awarded based on financial necessitate and creative credentials.

Childhood & Early Life

Mike Shinoda was born in Los Angeles to a Japanese-American father and European mother. He was brought up in the suburban area of Agoura Hills in Los Angeles.
His mother wanted him to learn classical music, which is why he was given professional piano lessons since the age of 6. By the time he turned a teenager, he wanted to play jazz, blues and hip-hop.

He attended Agoura High School, along with his future Linkin Park bandmates—Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon. After finishing high school, Shinoda went to the Art Center College of Design in the pursuit of studying graphic design and illustration. After graduation, Shinoda got a job as a graphic designer while working on his band —‘Xero’. The band was in need of a singer therefore Jeff Blue was called from Arizona and the band was renamed—‘Linkin Park’.


With the band’s first album ‘Hybrid Theory’ in 2000, Shinoda involved himself with the technical aspects of the band and the albums it released in the beginning. The album sold over 10 million copies alone in the United States.

For Linkin Park’s first remix album, ‘Reanimation’ in 2002, Shinoda directed, structured and administered the whole creative process. The album helped many underground hip hop artists that it featured to reach a larger audience.

Shinoda persistently expanded as a musician and studio engineer with band’s second album, ‘Meteora’ in 2003. He also teamed up with graffiti artist DELTA, graphic designer Frank Maddocks and Joe Hahn to work on the artwork of the album.

In 2004, Linkin Park’s ‘mash-up’ with Jay-Z, ‘Collision Course’, was released. Shinoda produced and mixed the album, which went on to win a Grammy Award for ‘best rap/song collaboration’.

Further exploring his talents in art and graphics, Shinoda’s first public art show ‘Diamonds Spades Hearts & Clubs’ was showcased in 2004. It included a series of ten paintings, which later became ‘The Rising Tied’s’ artwork.

Whilst working with Linkin Park, he formed a hip-hop based side-project called ‘Fort Minor’ and in 2005 released an album under it, ‘The Rising Tied’. Its hit single ‘Where’d You Go’ peaked at No.4 on Hot 100 chart.

In Linkin Park’s ‘Minutes to Midnight (2007)’, he contributed with vocals for songs like, ‘Bleed It Out’, ‘Hands Held High’, ‘In between’, etc. He was ranked at number 72 of the Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time in ‘Hit Parader’.

Shinoda’s next public art show ‘Glorious Excess (BORN)’ opened at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in 2009. The show included nine new artworks, with a limited signing on opening night.

Shinoda’s recent work on Likin Parks’ latest albums: ‘A Thousand Suns (2010)’—for which he shared the production credit with Rick Rubin, ‘Living Things (2012)’ and ‘Recharged (2013)’—remix of ‘Living Things’ and single ‘A Light That Never Comes (2014)’.

Major Works

Shinoda with his artistic abilities is a multifaceted artist and is best known as the rapper, guitarist, keyboardist and producer of the American rock band Linkin Park. His vocals on ‘Minutes to Midnight’ in 2007 established him as a vocalist.

Awards & Achievements

Apart from winning two Grammys for Linkin Park’s singles, ‘Crawling’ and ‘Numb/Encore’, Shinoda received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (L.H.D) from Art Center College Of Design and EWP Visionary Award in 2010.

Personal Life & Legacy

Shinoda got married to Anna Hillinger in 2003. The couple has two children together and their eldest son is Otis Akio Shinoda.

Mike Shinoda Bio Info

Full name: Michael Kenji Shinoda
Born: 11 February 1977 (age 41 years), Agoura Hills, California, United States
Height: 1.8 m
Spouse: Anna Shinoda (m. 2003)
Children: Otis Akio Shinoda
Music groups: Linkin Park (Since 1996), Fort Minor (Since 2004)
Education: ArtCenter College of Design, Agoura High School

Mike Shinoda Quotes

  • Who can’t relate to the idea of leaving one chapter behind and moving on to the next? – Mike Shinoda
  • Go find something that you haven’t done before. Don’t do the same thing over and over again. – Mike Shinoda
  • I’ve been really excited about some new cutting edge electronic music and technology. – Mike Shinoda
  • I’d rather get up early and go out and do something than stay up late and screw up my body. – Mike Shinoda

Mike ShinodaVideos on YouTube

Mike Shinoda Talks New Solo Album, Coping with Chester Bennington’s Death and Linkin Park’s Future.

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