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What Is James Hetfield Net Worth In 2020?

James Hetfield Net Worth

Net Worth: $300 Million
Date of Birth: Aug 3, 1963 (57 years old)
Gender: Male
Height: 6 ft (1.854 m)
Profession: Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer, Actor, Film Producer
Nationality: United States of America
Last Updated: 2020

James Hetfield Net Worth In 2020

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. He is also one of its founding members along with drummer Lars Ulrich. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. He has a net worth of $300 Million dollars.

James Hetfield Early Life

James Alan Hetfield was born on the 3rd of August, 1963, in Downey, California. Hetfield is the son of Cynthia Bassett, a light opera singer, and Virgil Lee Hetfield, a truck driver.

He is of English, German, Irish, and Scottish descent. He has two older half-brothers from his mother’s first marriage and one younger sister.

James Hetfield Career

Hetfield found a classified ad posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a Los Angeles local newspaper, ‘The Recycler.’ They both got together in 1981 to form ‘Metallica,’ a heavy metal band. They were joined by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist Cliff Burton.

Their first album, ‘Kill ‘Em All’ (1983) reflected British metal styles of the early 1980s. Their next album, ‘Ride the Lightning,’ included social and political themes while the third album, ‘Master of Puppets,’ (1985) was considered as a masterpiece by the critics.

In 2002, Hetfield entered rehab for his drinking habits and remained away from the band for 7 months. A documentary film, ‘Some Kind of Monster,’ about the relationships among the band members and the making of the album ‘St. Anger’ was released in 2004.

Why is he so famous?

James is famous because he is a member of Metallica. As the lead singer, his is the face many fans associate with the band.

James has been a member of the band since the age of 18. He responded to an advertisement that Lars Ulrich had placed in a Los Angeles newspaper for a jamming partner. The connection between them was immediate and Metallica was founded within months. James had found his musical home, and is still performing with the band to this day.

The first few years of Metallica’s existence saw various changes to the band’s line-up. By the end of 1983, therefore, the band comprised James Hetfield as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Lars Ulrich on drums, Kirk Hammett as lead guitarist and Cliff Burton as bass guitarist. After Cliff Burton’s death, Jason Newsted was recruited as bassist. Newsted left the band in the early 2000’s and was replaced by Robert Trujillo.

James Hetfield has also gained popularity for his lifestyle. He is an active guy, he loves custom cars, skateboarding and hunting. After one skateboarding accident too many, he was forced to sign an additional clause in his contract that forbade him from skateboarding while Metallica were on tour.

Metallica are well known for the visual effects they use on stage. Pyrotechnics play a big part in the shows, especially the big arena events. In 1992, he suffered burns when a pyrotechnic device exploded on stage. James’s guitar served to protect him from worse harm, but he nevertheless had to take time away from performing to fully recover.

Mainstream Success with Metallica

Following the disbandment of Leather Charm, Hetfield began to pull together the band that would turn into Metallica. After a few false starts, the final line up became Hetfield (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Dave Mustaine (lead guitar), and Cliff Burton (bass). In 1983, Mustaine was dropped from the band after his drinking caused increasing tensions between him and Hetfield. He was replaced by Kirk Hammett, then the lead guitarist from the thrash metal band Exodus.

Within a short time of the band forming, they became a huge underground hit, winning some superlative praise from critics in the process. Their third album, Master of Puppets (1986), is considered to be one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time, while their fifth studio album, Metallica (1991), succeeded in propelling the band from the underground to the mainstream, securing a huge new fanbase and a level of commercial success that translated into over 16 million album sales in the US alone.

James Hetfield Personal Life

James has been married to Francesca Tomasi since August 1997. They have three children together. James has struggled with alcohol over the years. He entered a rehab program in 2001 for the first time. He re-entered rehab in 2019.

James is an avid hunter and fisher. He also customizes cars and motorcycles.

Since the band debuted its first album in 1983, Metallica has seen success with platinum-level albums and sold out tours. Although the band has seen its members come and go over the years, today’s core group consists of Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo.

According to Forbes, Metallica made the list at #30 with $68.5 million, with the majority of those earnings coming from touring. Three years ago, the band launched its “WorldWired” tour and has continued to expand on it each year since then. Back in early February, Billboard reported that the North American leg of the tour grossed $14.4 million during January and the first part of February. In May, Billboard also reported Metallica earned $28.6 million from their show dates that month in Europe. With a monthly tour average of at least $10 million gross and additional dates in Europe and Asia this year, it’s no wonder the metal band made the Forbes list.

Metallica has sold more than 100 albums worldwide, and last September, celebrated The Black Album’s 500th week on the Billboard 200. Individually, it’s estimated that Hetfield has a net worth of $300 million, while Ulrich’s is $200-$300 million, Trujillo’s is $25 million, and Kirkman’s estimated net worth is $200 million.

Napster’s Biggest Threat

In the early 2000s, the music scene changed forever when Napster introduced the concept of peer-to-peer file sharing. Musicians who could once have relied on album sales to see them through to a ripe old age were now facing one of their biggest ever threats. If people could enjoy their music for free, who exactly was going to buy their albums? Fortunately for struggling artists, bands like Metallica were willing to take a stand and make it known that if people wanted to listen to their music, they were going to have to pay for the privilege. After launching a successful legal bid against Napster, Metallica ensured both the eventual downfall of the company and their continued royalty rights to their back catalog.


James Hetfield is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and the main song-writer of the 9-times ‘Grammy Award’ winner heavy metal band, ‘Metallica.’

Metallica has sold over 145 million albums worldwide. He has been ranked as one of the top metal guitarists and metal vocalists of all time.