Widely known as the former-wife of late singer Chester Bennington, Samantha Marie Olit is an American musician. Professionally known as Punk Rock Mother Teresa, Samantha gained popularity not only for her music career but also for her work as an entrepreneur.
Samantha Marie Olit’s Early Life and Education
Samantha was born on 1st December 1971, in Detroit, Michigan, the United States of America, to American parents. Olit comes from white ethnicity and holds American nationality.
Samantha was adopted and her name (maiden) is Cherri Norma Loukas.
Information regarding her biological parents and education is not revealed. Samantha spent most of her childhood in Southern California. She grew her interest in music since a young age of 7 and also recorded a song titled Get-Well in her neighbor’s studio.
Career, Income Sources, and Net Worth
Samantha’s professional career began after she recorded Get-Well. She then joined Rhythm kittens and also started taking online courses through ICA for life-coaching skills.
Samantha then signed with South African band The Narrow and performed various songs. She also found Sam Records, which is an independent label. Currently, she works as a blogger with Certainlyher.com where she served as a writer and expresses her life experience and women empowering lifestyle.
Moreover, Samantha is also a certified Advanced DNA Theta Healer.
What is Samantha's Net Worth?
As per various sources, Samantha’s net worth is estimated at around $2 million. Apart from her career, she also received a hefty sum of money from her divorce settlement with her former late-husband Chester who was the lead vocalist of the band Linkin Park.
According to TMZ, Olit filed a lawsuit of $502,500 as unpaid child support in December 2017. At the time of his death, Bennington was worth $30 million.
Interesting Fact: While Olit was recording Get-Well for her adopted mother, who was in a coma and was also pronounced dead, miraculously moved her fingers, gained consciousness and recovered after hearing the song.
Samantha Marie Olit’s Personal Life
Samantha and Chester Bennington tied the knot on 31st October 1996, in presence of family and friends. They first met in Arizona while Bennington was singing for a local band Grey Daze in 1996.
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Well Draven as I continue to unpack my office I found this pic. This is right before we got pregnant with you:) your almost 16 and I want and need you to know how much we both love you and even though our marriage didn’t last you were totally planned and conceived from love. This is a special mile stone year for you and I will try my best to make it up for the both of us! Love, Mom
Together, the couple shared one son: Draven Sebastian, born on 19th April 2002. The duo was married for almost a decade but sadly their married took a twist and they got divorced in 2005.
On 20th July 2017, Chester ended his life by hanging himself and after the tragic event, Olit posted a lengthy message dedicated to him on Facebook.
Prior to her marriage with Chester, Samantha was married to her former-husband Tony Kastameda. However, the exact marriage date is not revealed.
Age, Height, and Social Media Profile
Olit is 47-year-old as of 2019. She is 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm) tall in height and has expressive brown eyes and long dark brown hair.
Samantha is an avid user of Instagram. She has over 13.9k followers and as per Influencer Marketing Hub, she is reported to earn $91.5 to $152.5 per sponsored/paid post from Instagram.
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