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Owned much of the property around Loch Ness in Scotland, UK, which was sold off in the 1980s.

As of 1998, he ranks number 15 in the world's 100 richest rock stars with an estimated worth of £55,000,000/$78,000,000 (at the 2009 exchange rate).

Starting out as a studio session hack, his early guitar licks have featured on the recordings of artists such as Donovan, Tom Jones, P.J. Proby, Joe Cocker, Herman's Hermits, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and The Who, etc. As he was then unable to read music, he was given advice by fellow session guitarist Vic Flick. His work on The Kinks's "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night", along with his indelible licks on early Van Morrison track "Baby Please Don't Go", are legendary.

His guitar solo on Dave Berry's 1964 UK top ten hit "The Crying Game" featured some pioneering use of the wah-wah pedal.

The Gibson EDS-1275 6/12-string doubleneck that he used on live performances of the classic "Stairway to Heaven", and later on "The Song Remains the Same" and "The Rain Song", had to be especially ordered from the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, because it had only been available in the company catalogue from 1962 to 1966. Needless to say, Page's high-profile use of the instrument must have captured the fancy of many a budding picker, as the guitar is still in production today.

Page's fearsome foursome of guitars have included: a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard; a 1959 Les Paul Standard; a Sixties Danelectro and the Gibson EDS-1275 6/12-string doubleneck.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of The Yardbirds, in 1992. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Led Zeppelin, in 1995.

Page also produced all of the Led Zeppelin albums, re-masters and some boxed sets.

Voted London's greatest guitarist in Total Guitar Magazine's poll of the greatest 12 British guitarists. [July 2001]

Son, James, born in 1988.

Daughter Scarlet, born in March 1971 to his long-time girlfriend, Charlotte Martin (a French model), who is a photographer.

Appears on the track "Beck's Bolero" on the first "Jeff Beck Group" album along with fellow Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones and The Who's drummer Keith Moon. Jimmy plays 2nd guitar, John Paul Jones plays organ and Keith Moon plays drums on the track.

He was the first artist to be immortalised in the British Walk of Fame in London, which honours musical artists. The ceremony took place on August 23, 2004.

Played guitar on Tom Jones's hit in 1965 "It's Not Unusual". Chris Slade played drums on that track.

December 2005: Awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for his charity work in helping street children in Brazil.

He was an only child. His father was an engineer and his mother worked as a secretary for a physician.

Son named Asher born in 1999.

Winner of the 2005 Q Icon Award.

His ex-wife, Charlotte Martin, is an ex-girlfriend of Eric Clapton. Martin introduced Clapton to artist Martin Sharp.

Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2006]

Reverse echo or re verb is a slightly unusual sound effect created as the result of recording an echo or delayed signal of an audio recording whilst being played backwards. The original recording is then played forwards accompanied by the recording of the echo or delayed signal which is now in reverse. The effect is also commonly used in film, often on the vocal recordings especially in Horror movies. The swelling effect is often used to create tension and intensity, but can also be used for more subtle atmospheric effect. Guitarist Jimmy Page lays claim to the invention of this effect, stating that he originally developed the method when recording the single "Ten Little Indians" with The Yardbirds in 1967.

Prior to forming Led Zeppelin, Page played with John Paul Jones and John Bonham on Donovan's recording of "Hurdy Gurdy Man".

According to Page, the spelling of "lead" was changed for the band name, Led Zeppelin, because he didn't want the pronunciation to be confused with the word "lead" (as in lead singer.).

When Led Zeppelin first played in Denmark, the Countess Zeppelin (relative of the designer of the famous dirigibles) angrily protested about the use of her family name. To defuse the situation, the band played the Danish shows under the name "The Nobs".

Played rhythm guitar on The Who classic, "I Can't Explain".

Led Zeppelin is the second bestselling group in American history with, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), more than 111,500,000 records sold. 11.5 million more records were sold than the third bestselling group in US history, The Eagles (2009).

After Led Zeppelin broke up, Page would not allow anybody to sing "Stairway to Heaven" during live performances; he would instead play the song as an instrumental. He felt that no one could do the song justice except Robert Plant.

He and Vic Flick played guitar on Lulu's hit recording of "Shout" in 1964.

Invited Robert Plant to become the new lead singer for Led Zeppelin, after he heard of him playing in another rock band.

Resides in Berkshire, UK.

Performed the soundtrack for the film, Death Wish II (1982).

Although best known for his role in Led Zeppelin, he also played in The Firm (with Paul Rodgers) and the short-lived 'XYZ' (with Chris Squire and Alan White, both of Yes).

Initially formed Led Zeppelin as a way of filling The Yardbirds' touring obligations after that band broke up. As such, the group was initially called "The New Yardbirds".

Page, along with the other future members of Led Zeppelin (with the exception of Robert Plant), appeared as the backing band on the Donovan recording, "Hurdy Gurdy Man".

Teamed up with Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale in the early '90s for the short-lived "Coverdale/Page" project.

Rearranged his classic "Whole Lotta Love" for Leona Lewis who performed the song at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Page personally provided his signature guitar backing as Lewis sang atop an ornate podium high above the stage.

Was originally invited to replace Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds, but refused and recommended his friend Jeff Beck. He later changed his mind and joined, replacing bassist Paul Samwell-Smith. However, when Chris Dreja switched to bass, he went back to playing guitar.

Jimmy Page was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 as a member of The Yardbirds. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Led Zeppelin, in 1995.

(Curr) Active in the ABC Trust, a charity benefiting the street children of Brazil, home of his wife Jimena. His daughter Scarlet is a photographer in the rock 'n roll world and is frequently published in Kerrang!, Q, Revolver, and Guitar World.

Release of the book, "Jimmy Page: Magus, Musician, Man: An Unauthorized Biography" by George Case. [2007]

He went to pick up his O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace in London, England for his services to charity. [December 2005]

Played session guitar on the 007 title song from Goldfinger (1964) as sung by Shirley Bassey.