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James Hetfield Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is James Hetfield worth? $300 million

How did James Hetfield earn his money and wealth?

James Hetfield is a musician, singer, and songwriter who is known as one of the co-founders of Metallica, the famous American heavy metal band. Born as James Alan Hetfield on August 3, 1963, in Downey, California, Hetfield is of German, English, Scottish and Irish descent. He has two half-brothers and one younger sister. His parents were strict Christians with rigid beliefs which later inspired him to write about it in his songs later. He lost his mother Cynthia to cancer when he was 16 years old. He studied in Downey High School. He began his music lessons in piano as a nine old and then learned how to play the drums.

He began to play the guitar with Robert Okner when he was 14 years old. He was a part of quite a few bands such as “Obsession” and “Leather Charm” during his teenage years. He considers Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Ramones, Kiss and Deep Purple amongst others as his inspirations.

Metallica was founded by Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in October 1981 after Hetfield responded to a classified advertisement by Ulrich in The Recycler, the Los Angeles newspaper. Hetfield contributed as the lead on vocals and rhythm guitar on his band’s original line up. Lars Ulrich was on the drums, Dave Mustaine on lead guitar and Ron McGovney on bass. In their early days as a band, they experimented with many sounds, vocals, and guitar sounds. Hetfield has said that their early sound as power metal. They recruited Kirk Hammet as their lead guitarist in April 1983 and fired Mustaine for his drinking disorder and aggressive behavior. Metallica started releasing tracks like “Nothing Else Matters”, “Just a Bullet Away”, “My Friend of Misery”, “The Outlaw Torn”, “To Live is to Die” etc.

Hetfield has had quite an adventurous time on the stage as a musician. During the performance of “Fade to Black”, he became a victim of a pyrotechnics accident during the Guns N’ Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour in August 1992 at Montreal. Although he suffered from burns on his face, hand, eyebrows, arm, and hair, he was back on stage after 17 days. He went into rehab in 2001 for his alcohol usage. He has been sober and has abstained from alcohol since 2002. His experience with rehab has been documented in the documentary film “Some Kind of Monster”. In an interview called “So What!” in 2010, Hetfield stated that he is a “reborn straight edge”.

Hetfield is married to Francesca Tomasi whom he married on August 17, 1997. They have three children and reside in Vali, California. He enjoys staying at Vali for its natural beauty and peaceful environment. He enjoys many hobbies and enjoys hunting, beekeeping, and farming. He has a wide collection of motorcycles and customized cars. He also enjoys going to hot rod shows. He loves having tattoos on his body and has several of them. Some of his most famous ones are one which shows his year of birth, he also has an M and an F which symbolizes Metallica and Francesca. He also has a tattoo on Jesus and a few crosses.

What are the highest rated music albums of James Hetfield?

  1. Metallical (1991): #1
  2. Load (1996): #1
  3. ReLoad (1997): #1
  4. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (2016): #1
  5. Death Magnetic (2008): #1

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