Ben Gillies’ Net Worth & Bio – Silverchair & Real Housewives of Melbourne

Ben Gillies
Ben Gillies is an Australian musician best known for being the drummer for the Australian rock band Silverchair from 1992 until 2011. As a member of the said band, the drummer has sold over 10 million albums globally, and he has had more Top 20 hits in the last decade than any other Australian artist.

Ben Gillies' Net Worth

In 2022, Ben Gillies’ net worth is estimated to be $30 million. His career as a musician is his main source of income. Over the course of his music career, his band, “Silverchair,” produced five #1 albums as well as several breakthrough songs.

In addition, the band has sold over 10 million records across the globe. With 49 nominations and 21 wins, it retains the milestone for the most ARIA Music Awards and nominations. Ben started his own side project, “Tambalane,” aside from performing with “Silverchair.” Before disbanding in 2005, the band published two albums. In 2012, he released his debut solo album, “Diamond Days.”

His wealth is also increasing from working part-time at Rosie’s School of Rock in Newcastle, Australia, where he teaches drumming and joining his wife, Jackie Gillies, on Bravo TV’s hit reality show, “The Real Housewives of Melbourne.”

Ben's Early Life

Benjamin David Gillies, commonly known as Ben Gillies, is 43 years old. He was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, on October 24, 1979. However, no information about his parents or whether or if he has siblings was made public. We’ll keep this page updated as we learn more.

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Ben Gillies' Education

Ben Gillies’ educational history has not yet been revealed, but we will update this page as soon as we discover where he graduated and what degree he received.

Ben Gillies' Wife and Family Life

In 2010, Ben Gillies married Jakica ‘Jackie’ Ivancevic. His wife, best known as Jackie Gillies, is a professional psychic who has appeared on Bravo TV’s hit reality program, “The Real Housewives of Melbourne.” After many rounds of IVF, the couple had twins in October 2021. Prior to marrying his wife, the drummer was in a relationship with Hayley Alexander from 2001 until 2008.

Ben celebrated his first Father’s day back on September 4, 2022, as he posted a series of photos of him and their twins bonding together. He wrote in the caption: “My first Father’s Day God damn I love my boys 😍.” His wife then commented on the post, “We love you baby . 😍.”

Ben Gillies' Career

Ben Gillies began playing the drums at the age of eight. Ben spent $75 on his first drum set and attended training for many years. He began imitating John Bonham after mastering the technical aspects of drumming. In 1992, he and his primary school classmate Daniel Johns used to play frequently. In high school, Chris Joannou joined them, and the “Innocent Criminals” were born. After winning a nationwide competition, they changed their name to “Silverchair” and created a video for their winning song “Tomorrow.”

Afterwards, he became one of the founding members of the rock band, where he played both the drums and the guitar. Initially, the band stayed true to the traditions of Seattle’s 1990s grunge, with a sound reminiscent to Pearl Jam and a few Nirvana songs. Throughout his career, however, the band varied its strands, presenting diverse musical genres and modifying the sonority of works. The band had a lot of success in Australia’s music business, winning a lot of prizes. They had their first taste of success with the song “Tomorrow,” which topped a local music contest on SBS, an Australian television network. Murmur quickly signed the band and they went on to have a lot of success with national and international tours.

The band took a break in 2003 after the publication of the “Diorama” album, during which time members worked on other projects such as The Dissociatives, The Mess Hall, and Tambalane. In 2005, they reunited at Wave Aid and released Young Modern. Silverchair’s music has developed over the years, with distinct genres in individual albums growing more bold over time, moving away from the grunge and post-grunge of his first album and toward a more orchestrated sound. Silverchair has been nominated for 49 ARIA Music Awards and has won 21 of them. Six APRA awards were also given to the band. “Frogstomp,” “Freak Show,” “Neon Ballroom,” “Diorama,” and “Young Modern,” all charted at number one on the ARIA Album Chart, boosting Ben’s net worth. Aside from being a member of Silverchair, Ben played at the ARIA Awards in 2006 as a performer in a song composed by Midnight Oil for the inauguration of Midnight Oil into the ARIA Hall of Fame. 

By June of 2011, the musician had completed his solo album, which he had been working on for nearly a year and had said was not a continuance of his prior work with Tambalane. The tracks “Breathe In, Breathe Out” and “One Foot in Front of the Other” were released in 2020. He additionally released the song “Yesterday” in 2021, which was included on his five-song EP The Relative Relatives.

Today, Ben Gillies instructs drums part-time at Rosie’s School of Rock in Newcastle, Australia, while he is not on tour with Silverchair. In fact, his love for music and musical instruments is still evident on his social media page.

Recently, on January 30, 2023, Ben posted a series of photos of himself playing an electric guitar while reminiscing the time he wrote the song “Apple Fresh” 3 years ago, something that he also shared in the caption.

His statement reads: “I wrote Apple Fresh about 3 years ago. It went through a few iterations before I eventually circled back to the original version 🤦🏻‍♂️😆 Sometimes that’s just part of the creative process. It’s weird and whacked and I loved making it. In essence it’s about my personal struggles with addiction and how I grapple with them to this very day. The cryptic track delves into the journey of self-discovery and the power of letting go of distractions to unlock one’s true potential. Check out the video in my bio 🤝🍎 Pics by @annielila 🎉.”

Ben Gillies Mid-Range Drink Driving Issue

Ben Gillies was in the middle of a two-week alcohol relapse when, after a night of drinking, he got behind the wheel of a vehicle and slammed into a power pole in Newcastle. It was reported that he was having a hard time dealing with the fact that his wife, Jackie, was in South Africa filming a reality TV program, which was the catalyst for it.

When he appeared at Newcastle Local Court at the time, the drummer, who had been clean for four years previous to his relapse, was informed he was in serious danger of going to prison. “A condition of the program is that they don’t have any phones so he had no contact with her. He wasn’t coping with that separation and that’s when he lapsed and consumed alcohol for a period of about two weeks, before and after the crash,” Ben’s legal representative statement acquired by The Daily Mail.

Mr. Robinson testified in court that Ben’s drinking was now ‘in control,’ and that he was sorry about the possibility of killing or gravely injuring someone that night. “He is just below the high-range [drink driving level] and has a high degree of moral culpability,” added Magistrate Peter Barnett, SC. “He accelerates away from a set of traffic lights, loses control and puts his motor vehicle into a power pole with a passenger in the car. And he has a terrible driving record. For 18 years he has shown a complete disregard for other people’s safety.” Mr. Barnett eventually agreed against incarcerating the drummer or imposing a community service order on him. Rather, he handed down an 18-month good-behavior bond, a $2,200 fine, and a 12-month suspension.

Ben Gillies' Appearance (Height, Hair, Eyes & More)

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Facts About Ben Gillies

Nationality American
Estimate Net Worth $30 million
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Birthplace Newcastle, New South Wales
Birthday October 21, 1979