Peter Steele Net Worth

Back in the 1970’s everyone wanted to live like a Rockstar. Nowadays everyone still wants to live like one because Rock stars embody everything that is great with being popular. Crowds of devoted fans, non-stop partying and awesome music. Peter Steele could not ask for more. Born on the unknown in the place called Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. This American bred Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Bassist, Songwriter has a lot of talents and gifts. The biggest one of all is creating rock music that millions worldwide love. The music of Peter Steele has been featured in movies, TV shows, commercials and is played on the internet non-stop. Who would have thought that a kid from University of Melbourne could one day be one of the biggest rock stars in the world? Well it turned out to be true and right now Peter Steele has a net worth of $1 Million. It is good when you are a rock star.

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Peter attended Edward R. Murrow High School and was already playing the guitar at a young age. He then moved to play the bass guitar, but his job was at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, while working on several music projects. He eventually became a park supervisor but soon left the job to tour with Type O Negative.

His music career started in 1979, forming the heavy metal band Fallout. They continued to play together until 1982 when they split, and Steele then formed Carnivore focusing on politically incorrect lyrics about various taboo topics. They released their debut self-titled album in 1985, and he would then write songs for Agnostic Front. In 1987, Carnivore released their second album “Retaliation” before also splitting up, but Peter’s net worth was already well set.

In 1989, Peter formed Type O Negative alongside childhood friends – they originally used the name “Repulsion” but had to change the name due to legal issues with another band. They then used “Subzero” but since another band was using the name too, they later chose “Type O Negative”. The band signed with Roadrunner Records and would work on their debut album entitled “Slow, Deep and Hard”, merging elements of Carnivore along with doom metal. The band toured in Europe to support the album, however he drew a bit of criticism due to his sense of humor. In 1992, they then created the live album “The Origin of the Feces” which featured a close-up of Steele’s anus as a cover.

In 1993, Type O Negative released the album “Bloody Kisses” which became their breakthrough, as the album achieved platinum status, and so they became one of the most influential gothic metal bands. In 1996 they released “October Rust” which featured more melodic sounds, and which achieved gold status. In 1999, Steele worked on the heavier sounding “World Coming Down” which featured themes of addiction, actually dealing with a lot of personal problems during the recording of the album.

In 2000, he made a guest appearance in the song “Just Say No to Love” by Iommi”, and his next project with Type O Negative would be “Life is Killing Me”. In 2005, the band left Roadrunner Records dissatisfied with their recording contract, and signed with SPV Records in the same year. He also reactivated Carnivore the following year with a new lineup, so his final recording was in the 2007 Type O Negative album “Dead Again”. After his last performances, he concentrated on acting projects, and also posed for “Playgirl”.

For his personal life, there is no public record of any romantic associations. It is known that Peter was very kind to other bands he toured with, and was generous to his bandmates. He enjoyed lifting weights and read science books. He also enjoyed European culture, architecture, and civil engineering. He worked on cars and kept cats as pets. However in 2005, he disappeared for an extended period of time, later revealing that he was incarcerated at Rikers Island and at Kings County Hospital in the psych ward, due to substance abuse. In 2010, Peter passed away due to an aortic aneurysm. The band decided to dissolve after his death, stating that no one could replace Steele.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Peter Steele
  • Net Worth: $1 Million
  • Date Of Birth: January 4, 1962
  • Died: April 14, 2010, New York City, New York, United States
  • Place Of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
  • Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.98 m)
  • Profession: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Bassist, Songwriter
  • Education: University of Melbourne
  • Nationality: American
  • Parents: Annette C. Pallon Ratajczyk, Peter P. Ratajczyk
  • Siblings: Patricia Ratajczyk, Cathy Ratajczyk, Pamela Ratajczyk, Annette Ratajczyk, Barbara Ratajczyk
  • Nicknames: Pete Steele , Peter Ratajczyk , Steele, Peter , Peter Thomas Ratajczyk
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  • Music Groups: Type O Negative (1989 – 2010), Carnivore (1982 – 2010), Carnivore, Fallout (1979 – 1982)
  • Movies: Dirtbags: Armpit of Metal, Tao of M, Bad Acid, Death Metal: A Documentary, Metal Interviews: Grimoire Style


  • [After being asked by Jerry Springer if he was happy to be on the show] Well, I’m less miserable.
  • People ask how I learned to play bass with one hand. Well, with a face like mine, you learn to do a lot of things with one hand.


  • He was very self-conscious of his 6’7″ height. Most of the band’s photo shoots were taken with him sitting down or were from an angle where people seeing it can’t tell just how much he towered over his band mates.
  • Suffered from Bipolar Disorder.
  • Was set to produce the last album by Myke Hideous but died before he began the work.
  • His last interview before his death is featured in the documentary Living the American Nightmare.
  • Polish, Icelandic, and Russian heritage.
  • Posed for the August 1995 issue of Playgirl.
  • Provided the voice of Ian Nottingham on Kat Bjelland’s concept album based on the Top Cow comic book series “Witchblade”.
  • He has four cats: Grizzelda, Weena, Tito and Nixon.
  • Worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation before forming Type O Negative.
  • The song, “Nettie” is about his mother.
  • The song, “Todd’s Ship Gods (Above All Things), from his CD, “Life is Killing Me” is about his father. “The Dream Is Dead” also on the “Life Is Killing Me” CD, is also about his father.
  • Parents are Peter & Annette.
  • Lead singer and bass player for Type O Negative.


  • Intensely personal Lyrics
  • Towering Stature
  • Long Black hair
  • Rich bass-baritone vocals


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Bad Acid 2005 Video Peter Steele
Oz 2003 TV Series Prisoner
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Night of the Demons 2009 writer: “Black No. 1”
Freddy vs. Jason 2003 writer: “We Were Electrocute”
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Nosferatu: The First Vampire 1998 TV Movie
Music Department
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Living the American Nightmare 2011 Documentary composer: additional music
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Oz 1997 TV Series stunt performer – 1 episode
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Living the American Nightmare 2011 Documentary Himself
Dirtbags: Evil Never Felt So Good 2009 Himself
Type O Negative: Symphony for the Devil 2006 Video Himself
Dirtbags: Armpits of Metal 2004 Video Himself
Headbangers Ball 2003 TV Series Himself
Dirtbags 2002 Video Himself
Type O Negative: After Dark 1998 Video Himself
Ricki Lake 1994 TV Series Himself