With a net worth of $50 million, Travis Barker is a well-known American drummer, musician, and TV personality. Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker also appeared on MTV’s “Meet the Barkers,” wrote a memoir, started a fashion line and started a record label.
“Enema of the State,” Blink-182’s most successful album, has sold more than 15 million copies, and “Rolling Stone” magazine included Travis on their “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” list in 2016.
At takeoff in South Carolina, a private plane carrying Travis and a few other passengers crashed. Four people were killed. Barker, DJ AM, and Travis all suffered life-threatening injuries, with DJ AM suffering 65 percent of body burns. After 27 surgeries and four months in the hospital, he’s finally on the road to recovery.
Travis proposed to Kourtney Kardashian in October 2021.
Childhood and Schooling
On November 14, 1975, Travis Barker was born in Fontana, California. A mechanic’s son, he was raised by his father Randy and two older sisters, one of whom was a babysitter. Before starting lessons, Barker was given a drum kit by his mother, who gave it to him at age 4.
Additionally, Travis took trumpet lessons, learned to play the piano, and briefly joined a choir in junior high. A professional surfer or skater wasn’t what he wanted to do, so he turned to drum as a means of expression. Barker lost his mother to Sjögren syndrome just days before his first day of high school. Travis was a self-described stoner while attending Fontana High School, where he played drums in the marching band and jazz ensemble.
After graduating from high school, Barker was a member of the band Snot and Feeble before joining Feeble bandmate Chad Larson’s ska-punk outfit Aquabats in 1996. When Blink-182’s drummer left the band, Barker stepped in and became the band’s permanent drummer in 1998. Travis recorded one album with the Aquabats and went on tour with the band.
The first album with Blink-182, “Enema of the State,” was released in June 1999; it was followed by a series of hits including “What’s My Age Again?” and Adam’s Song that propelled the band to stardom. There was an MTV Video Music Award for “All The Small Things” in 2000 for the song’s video, which topped the Modern Rock Tracks chart and the Billboard Hot 100.
A broken finger forced Travis to miss several dates during the band’s 1999 arena tour. In addition to “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” in 2001, “Blink-182” in 2003, “Neighborhoods” in 2011, “California” in 2016, and “Nine” in 2019, Barker has released five more albums with Blink-182.
After Tim Armstrong of Rancid formed the rock/rap supergroup the Transplants, Travis joined the group and played on four of their albums. “Give the Drummer Some” was Barker’s 2011 solo album, and he has also recorded with a number of bands, including +44, TRV$D JAM, Box Car Racer, Expensive Taste, Goldfinger, and Yelawolf.
Barker founded Famous Stars & Straps, a clothing line, in 1999, and LaSalle Records, a record label, in 2004. With the release of his book “Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death and Drums… Drums… Drumming,” he has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including “American Pie,” ‘The Simpsons,’ and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” among many others.
Travis married Melissa Kennedy in 2001, but the two divorced just nine months after their wedding. In 2004, he married Shanna Moakler, a former Miss USA, one year after they had their first child, Landon. Their daughter Alabama was born in December 2005, and Moakler also has a child from a previous relationship with Oscar De La Hoya; they have two children altogether.
“Meet the Barkers,” a reality show that aired 16 episodes between 2005 and 2006, featured the Barkers family. It was in 2008 that Barker and Moakler divorced. When the police were called to Travis and Shanna’s shared residence in 2014, both were arrested. Accused of threatening to kill Moakler, Barker allegedly threatened to get her boyfriend to physically abuse Travis.
His $19,000-a-month child support was reduced to $2,900 in February 2016 when Travis filed legal papers, claiming that his annual income had fallen from around $2 million to around $600,000. His net worth was estimated at $40 million in the filing.
After splitting up with Moakler, Barker developed an addiction to painkillers, which he overcame after his plane crash. After leaving the hospital, he began swimming and running every day and began following a vegan diet; although he had been a vegetarian since his teenage years, he had to eat meat while in the hospital in order to speed up the healing process. He also credits the plane crash for making him more health-conscious.
Travis and Kourtney Kardashian began dating in January of 2021. In October 2021, they announced their engagement.
Crash of Plane
After taking off from Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, South Carolina’s, a private plane carrying Travis, Adam Goldstein (aka DJ AM), Che Still, and Chris Baker exploded upon impact with an embankment.
Barker and Goldstein were rushed to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia, where Barker was pronounced dead and Goldstein was in critical condition. Barker underwent 27 surgeries and skin grafts during his four-month stay in burn centers and hospitals, despite having burns covering more than 65 percent of his body.
After the crash, Travis, understandably, refused to fly again for over a decade. As a result, whenever Blink-182 performed outside of the United States, he had to be replaced. Thirteen years after the crash, in 2021, he flew for the first time with Kourtney Kardashian.
Investing in Property
Barker paid $4 million for a four-bedroom house in Cheviot Hills, a Los Angeles neighborhood, in 2014. At the time of its sale in 2017, it had fetched nearly $4.5 million. This was followed in 2017 by a $2.85 million purchase of a 7,200 square foot California mansion by Barker.
In 2019, he put it up for rent for $27,500 per month. In addition to his $9.5 million Calabasas mansion purchased in 2007, Travis also bought a $1.5 million Bel Air home in 2010, a $1.3 million Rancho Cucamonga home in 2010, and a $480,000 Lake Elsinore tract house in 2004 for a total of $3.3 million in total.