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    So, I hop by the madanthonycafe.com site to see that Mikey just popped down to the local ferrari store, and scored a 200MPH 1999 Ferarri. Fantastic automobile, wow. Notice that all the photos are taken out at Mikey's mondo tudor garage, and I'm assuming matching tudor mansion.

    Funny, Dave, Sam, Alex and Ed are/were all "partners", and Sam, Ed and Alex have all had wife issues to pay for, Dave's put several million up his nose, and the "salaried musician" hangs back, designs race cars, buys Ferrari's and plays rock music with his friends.

    You all remember the MTV special "Live w/out a Net?" I remember specifically Sammy saying, "Mikey's got more money than all of us, he has 9 of his first 10 cents, he steals the soaps from hotels."

    Isn't it ironic, the one dude who's been there through thick and thin, been kicked out of the partnership, is emotionally and financially the healthiest. (Probably tied w/Sammy dollars wise.)

    Long live Mike,
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    There may be more to Mike than meets the eye...

    Mike's a founder/partner of Bonneville which designs custom cars for Ford and others... check out the Saleen custom T-bird on Mike's site...

    Also there's Bonspeed watches which run from $125 - $25,000 a pop.

    Add a clothing end of Bonnspeed and frankly it appears Mike's got some pretty damn good financial potential.

    Mike may not be the most flamboyant element of Van Halen... but frankly IMO he's got his shit together and the best groove going outta any of em past or present!! [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    He's smart, no wives, no drugs(i assume), and noproblems with any of the band members, gets along with everybody.
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    Originally posted by BrandoKool:
    He's smart, no wives, no drugs(i assume), and noproblems with any of the band members, gets along with everybody.
    Uh, Mike's married dude, been married since '81, has two children too I believe.
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    Mike deserves some credit for not pissing away his fortune like most rock stars, but before we get too carried away with extolling the virtues of this self-made man, let's not forget that it was the songwriting teams of Eddie/Dave and Eddie/Sammy that filled his bank in the first place. Given the ongoing popularity of the VH Mach I catalogue on radio and at retail, I'm sure he's still receiving some pretty fat royalty checks on a regular basis. Mike and Alex should thank God every day that the band split their publishing four ways.

    I'm not discounting that he appears to have the most common sense of all of them. However, I am positive anyone of us could bankroll a nice hotrod shop or restaurant with the stake he's received from songs he probably had very little input in writing.

    For every Magic and Kareem, there's a Kurt Rambis tagging along, doing very nicely - thank you very much.

    If nothing else, Mikey deserves it, cos he's been there for the fans every step of the way. With the exception of Gary, the rest of them have manipulated or lied to the fans on numerous occasions.
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    hmm, some people spend their money really intelligent and clever, like investing or share something, i would say that he is that clever, smart guy...
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    Mike is not a "partner" in the business sense of the term.

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    Originally posted by Sweet William:
    Mike is not a "partner" in the business sense of the term.
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    Some people are good with money some people arn't. Some Janitor's have retired from Ford and Walmart with a million dollars in the bank account and some middle class people complain about Social Security not taking care of them.

    It isn't how much you make it is how much you spend (or save) and Mike seem to know this. And I'm not speaking of Mike Tyson who made more money in one fight (didn't he get 100 million in the early 90's for a fight or close to it) than all of VH combined in their careers and is for all intents and purposes broke. Even DLR prolly has more cash on hand. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    Ray Danniels gets most of Alex and Ed's money due to the contract they signed. So wouldn't surprise me if Mikey makes more money than the brothers. Sammy makes more money off the '86 - '96 VH catalog than the brothers do.

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    I seem to remember hearing that Mike had invested quite a bit in Disney from the get go. I'm guessing it did quite well for him until fairly recently. He may have understood that that the money he earned from VH would have to last.

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    One night a few years back, I was lucky enough to sit around drinking with Scotty Ross for a few hours. After we were all good and shit-faced, he gladly answered any and all questions I had about VH. In fact, I was surprised at how open and honest he was.

    He told me that Mike was the wealthiest person in the group because "other than his cars, he doesn't spend any of his money".

    Just thought I'd share that tid-bit of information.....

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    iam glad to hear that Mike is better off then the rest...past and present!!..ive always felt that Mike was the under rated one in the group...always left in the shadow's..sure he might not have written the song's ...but man he put's his heart and soul ...and vocal's..and that great Bass work in to every song...and to see that he can hang with Sammy, and can go to see the Atomic Punks and jump up on stage and BLOW the people away "DAMN"...he deserves all that he has..he is one hell of Musican

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    I agree Mike is so COOL !!

 

 

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