• Alex Lifeson is a musician best known as the founding member and guitarist of the rock band Rush
• He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and grew up playing classical and electric guitar
• With Rush, he released 19 studio albums, some of which achieved multiple platinum status in Canada and the US
• He was named 98th on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2013
• His net worth is estimated to be around $35 million

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$28 million dollars
Date Of BirthAugust 27, 1953
SpouseCharlene Lifeson
MarkGibson Guitars
FactLos Angeles, CA, USA: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band Rush. [April 2013]

Who is Alex Lifeson?

Born Alexandar Zivojinovich on the 27th August 1953, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he is a musician, best known to the world as the founding member and guitarist of the rock band Rush. With Rush, he recorded 19 studio albums, some of which topped the Canadian chart, and achieved multiple platinum status in Canada and USA.

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Early Life, Family, and Education

The son of Serbian immigrants, Melanija and Nenad Živojinović, Alex grew up in Toronto, and from an early age was introduced to music. He first played viola as a part of formal music training, then when he turned 12 years, his father Nenad got him his first guitar. A six string Kent classical acoustic guitar was a Christmas gift, but once he picked up knowledge and skills, Alex decided for an electric Japanese model. During his teenage years Alex was inspired by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Steve Hackett among many others. During his high school days, Alex met John Rutsey who was on the same page with Alex when it comes to music.

Career Beginnings

It was in high school that Alex started thinking of music as a serious career and together with Rutsey formed the band The Projection, with the addition of Jeff Jones, The Projection became Rush, however, after only one gig, Jones left the band and was replaced by Geddy Lee, who had been at school with Alex. The band gradually built a fan base around the Ontario area, and after some time recorded their first single, “Not Fade Away”, a cover version of Buddy Holly’s original version. Soon after their original song followed, entitled “You Can’t Fight It”, but it song didn’t live up to band’s expectations, which led to parting from the record company, and the trio now decided to start their own label, Moon Records.

Debut Album and Success

Their first album came out in 1974, a self-titled album which while eventually achieving gold status in Canada and the US, the charting wasn’t quite as encouraging, as it landed in 86th place in Canada, and 105 on the US Billboard 200. However, their song “Working Man” got major playing time on WMMS radio station, and stuck with the public, resulting in the band being picked up by Mercury Records and their whole album re-released by the label. Unfortunately, Rutsey left the band due to his diabetes, and was replaced by Neil Peart. Until the end of the ‘70s, Rush dominated the Canadian rock scene, with such albums as “Fly By Night” (1975), which achieved platinum status in both Canada and USA, and reached No. 9 on the Canadian chart, then “Caress of Steel” also in 1975, “2112” (1976), which peaked at No. 5 on the Canadian chart, and achieved double platinum status in Canada and triple platinum in the US. It was in 1981 that Rush released their first No. 1 album – “Moving Pictures” – which achieved four times platinum status in both Canada and the US, also peaking at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and No. 3 on the UK chart, which certainly increased Alex’s net worth. The following year, Rush released their second No. 1 album “Signals”, and becoming one of the most successful rock bands of Canada.

Rise to Prominence

With Rush’s growing popularity, Alex became one of the most prominent guitarists too, scooping awards for himself, but more importantly for the band. With every new album, he tried something new, which turned out to be a good thing since Rush became more and more successful. Between 1980-2000, the band released nine albums in total, all of which achieved at least gold status in Canada and the US. “Grace Under Pressure” (1984), “Counterparts” (1993), and “Test for Echo” (1996), are just a few of the releases that made both the band and Alex more popular.

Hiatus and Comeback

Rush went on hiatus in 1997 when Neil Pert heard the news of his daughters passing in a car crash, and things got worse when Neil’s wife died from cancer 10 months later. Despite tragedies, Alex wanted to continue Rush, and got into the studio in the early 2000s to start working on the new material. Soon he was joined by Peart and Lee, and in 14 months they recorded and released “Vapor Trails”. The long-expected album peaked at No. 3 on the Canadian chart,and at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Since their reunion, Rush have recorded two studio albums-  “Snakes & Arrows” in 2007, which again reached No. 3 on the Canadian chart, and “Clockwork Angels” (2012), which topped the chart. However, as of 2015, Alex disbanded Rush, feeling that he had nothing more to give to the band, and stating also that his psoriatic arthritis and Peart’s chronic tendinitis has contributed in large to the disbandment of the group.

Side Work

In addition to Rush, Alex released one solo album – “Victor” – in 1996, on which his son Adrian and wife Charlene showcased their musical ability. He spoke about a second album, but that didn’t materialize, but he collaborated with a number of other artists, including Lawrence Gowan, Porcupine Tree, Jason Plumb and John Wesley among others.

Bar Owner

Besides music, Alex is also a successful businessman; he is one of the owners of the bar and restaurant The Orbit Room, located in Toronto, which has also contributed to his net worth.

Alex Lifeson Net Worth

Over 40 years in music, Alex has built a name for himself, but what is most important he has earned a massive net worth. So, have you ever wondered how rich Alex Lifeson is? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Lifeson’s net worth is as high as $35 million. Pretty impressive, don’t you think?

Alex Lifeson Awards

Thanks to his proficiency, Alex has received a number of honors and awards, including being named 98th on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and third, behind Eddie Van Halen and Brian May in a Guitar World readers’ poll also listing the 100 greatest guitarists. Furthermore, he was named the Best Rock Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine in 1984 and May 2008, while in 2013 he was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame alongside two other Rush members. Also, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada back in 1996.

Life Behind the Scene

His stage name is a semi-translated birth name from Serbian to English, as his last name means Life of Son; he chose the name as a reference to his roots. When it comes to his family life, he has been married to Charlene since 1975, and the couple has two children together.

Troubles in Naples

Back in 2003, he had legal problems while dwelling at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Florida; he and his son were caught up in a brawl with police, for which he got 12 months probation.

General Info

Full NameAlex Lifeson
Net Worth$28 million dollars
Date Of BirthAugust 27, 1953
Height1.83 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Actor, Songwriter, Limelight, Tom Sawyer, Time Stand Still


SpouseCharlene Lifeson
ChildrenAdrian Lifeson, Justin Lifeson, Limelight, Tom Sawyer, Time Stand Still
ParentsNenad Zivojinovich, Melanija Zivojinovich, Limelight, Tom Sawyer, Time Stand Still


Music GroupsRush
NominationsJuno Award for Songwriter of the Year, Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award, Gemini Award for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series, Limelight, Tom Sawyer, Time Stand Still
MoviesTrailer Park Boys: The Movie, Suck, Come on Children, Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy, Rush: Grace Under Pressure, Classic Albums: Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures, Rush: A Show of Hands, Rush: Working Men
TV ShowsThe Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour

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#Marks / Signs
1Gibson Guitars
2Subtle humorous antics while on stage
3Dynamic, complex guitar riffs


1For the first few weeks of rehearsal, we tend to sound like a really, really bad Rush tribute band.
2I'm not that fluid when it comes to scales and modes. I just pick up the guitar and play. It's all about exploration: just tune the guitar any way you want and start playing.
3I really consider myself more of a rhythm guitarist than a soloist.
4[in response to the question posed by a fan in a guitar magazine, asking if he felt, as a Canadian, he should apologize for Bryan Adams] Bryan Adams might not be what I want to put on, but he's a pop singer with a great voice and great guitar tone. Plus, he's done more for Canada than Rush have, because he works all the time. I envy him for that.


1Played bass on fellow Canadian band Platinum Blonde's follow up album Alien Shores.
2With Rush, released "Feedback", an EP containing 8 cover songs. This marks the first Rush release wherein the band performs songs other than their own. After "Feedback", Rush embarked on a highly successful Thirtieth Anniversary Tour ("R30" for short). On this tour, the band performed some of the cover songs live -- also a first for them. [June 2004]
3Los Angeles, CA, USA: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band Rush. [April 2013]
4Alex, Geddy and Neil are back in the recording studio working on Rush's new album to be released early 2007. [November 2006]
5"Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away" is released. It is an authorized biography of the band, written by Martin Popoff. [June 2004]
6Hot on the heels of their triumphant 2002 tour, 2003 DVD, and benefit performance for 450,000 at the 2003 SARS benefit, Rush has announced plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their current lineup with a celebratory tour. Planned shows include their first visits to Europe since 1992. [December 2003]
7Performed with Rush for 450,000 people as part of the Toronto SARStock relief benefit, alongside major bands including AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. Rush was one of the few native Toronto bands to perform at this historic event to herald Toronto's graceful endurance of the SARS scare. [July 2003]
8Alex, along with fellow members of Rush Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013. His acceptance speech consisted of a made-up language with only one word, "Blah", that told the story of their wait to become inductees.
9His birthday (August 27) is also the anniversary of the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
10On February 26, 1997, he and his bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart became the first rock musicians to be inducted into the prestigious position of Officers of the Order of Canada. This is the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian by the Canadian government. According to the Ottawa Sun, "The award was given as much for their community service as for their contribution to the arts. They have raised over $1 million for food banks and the United Way."
11He uses "Lifeson" as a stage name. It's a semi-literal translation of his surname "Zivojinovich" which is a Serbian name meaning roughly "son of life." He has not, however, changed his name legally.
12Children: Justin and Adrian.
13Member of the rock music group Rush (with Geddy Lee and Neil Peart). Plays lead guitar, with Lee on Bass/Vocals/Synth and Peart on Drums/Percussion/SongWriting.




The Infiltrator2016writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Togetherness2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scott Ian: Swearing Words in Glasgow2014writer: "Anthem"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV Series music - 1 episode
The Bridge2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Comix Scrutinizer2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Independent Lens2013TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
American Dad!2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Transporter: The SeriesTV Series 2 episodes, 2012 writer - 3 episodes, 2012
The Lords of Salem2012writer: "The Spirit of Radio"
That's My Boy2012writer: "Limelight"
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey2012Documentary writer: "Tom Sawyer" - as Alex Zivojinovich
Metal Evolution2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Double2011/Iperformer: "Don't Look Back" / writer: "Don't Look Back"
Hunky Dory2011writer: "A Passage To Bangkok"
Goon2011writer: "Working Man"
Score: A Hockey Musical2010writer: "Time Stand Still"
Fringe2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s2009TV Movie documentary writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Guitar Hero 52009Video Game writer: "The Spirit of Radio Live, 2008"
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s2009TV Movie documentary music: "Closer to the Heart"
I Love You, Man2009writer: "Tom Sawyer", "Limelight"
Fanboys2009writer: "Limelight", "Tom Sawyer"
Adventureland2009writer: "Limelight"
Chuck2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Por Toda Minha Vida2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Adventures of Power2008writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Halloween2007writer: "Tom Sawyer"
The Sopranos2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
White Noise 2: The Light2007writer: "The Spirit of Radio" - as Lifeson
Rock Band2007Video Game writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Family Guy2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie2006writer: "The Spirit of Radio"
Rush: R302005Video documentary performer: "Bittersweet Bundle of Misery" / writer: "Tom Sawyer", "Working Man", "Finding My Way", "Bittersweet Bundle of Misery", "Bastille Day", "Anthem", "A Passage to Bangkok", "Cygnus X-1", "Hemispheres", "The Spirit of Radio", "Force Ten", "Animate", "Subdivisions", "Earthshine", "Red Barchetta", "Roll the Bones", "Dreamline", "Between the Wheels", "Mystic Rhythms"
Futurama2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
AndromedaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Top Ten2001TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
High Fidelity2000writer: "Jacob's Ladder" - as Alex Zivojinovich
The Waterboy1998writer: "Tom Sawyer"
SLC Punk!1998writer: "The Trees" - as Lifeson
Whatever1998writer: "Tom Sawyer"
Beavis and Butt-Head1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
Future War 198X1982writer: "Witch Hunt" - uncredited
Top of the Pops1980TV Series writer - 1 episode


Ecstasy2011/IIDr. Figg
Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day2009Undercover Prostitute #1
Suck2009Border Guard
Trailer Park Boys 1012007TV ShortNarrator
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie2006Cop 2


Clockwork Angelsmusic by announced
Darkstar: The Interactive Movie2010Video Game
Rush in Rio2003Video documentary
The Body Electric1985TV Movie as Lifeson

Music Department

The Double2011/Imusician: featured guitarist
Andromeda2004TV Series composer - 1 episode
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut1999musician: score
The Body Electric1985TV Movie musician - as Rush

Sound Department

Rush: R302005Video documentary sound mixer: 5.1 audio
Rush in Rio2003Video documentary sound mixer: 5.1 surround / sound supervisor


Entrepreneur1997Video Game special thanks - as Rush


Rush: Time Stand Still2016DocumentaryHimself
The Red Booth2016TV SeriesHimself
Rush: R40 Live2015Video documentaryHimself - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Chicago Fire2015TV SeriesHimself
Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour2013VideoHimself - Guitar
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2013TV MovieHimself - Honoree / Performer
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHimself
Inner Rush2012Documentary shortHimself
Metal Evolution2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland2011DocumentaryHimself - Guitar / Backing Vocals (as Rush)
Juno Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage2010DocumentaryHimself
I Love You, Man2009Himself - Rush
That Metal Show2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rush: Snakes & Arrows - Live in Holland2008VideoHimself - Guitar / Backing Vocals (as Rush)
The Colbert Report2008TV SeriesHimself
Rush: R302005Video documentaryHimself - Guitar & Backing Vocals
The Boys in Brazil2003Video documentaryHimself
Toronto Rocks2003TV Movie documentaryPerformer (as Rush)
Trailer Park Boys2003TV SeriesHimself
Rush in Rio2003Video documentaryHimself - Guitars & Vocals
Top Ten2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Rush: Chronicles1990VideoHimself
Rush: A Show of Hands1989VideoHimself (guitars, synthesizers, backing vocals) (as Rush)
Rush: Grace Under Pressure Tour 19841985VideoHimself - Lead Guitars / Synthesizers (as Rush)
Rush: Exit... Stage Left1981VideoHimself - Electric & Acoustic Guitars / Bass Pedal Synthesizer (as Rush)
Come on Children1973DocumentaryHimself (as Alex Zivojinovich)

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