James Hetfield Biography
|Popular Name:||James Hetfield|
|Birth Name:||James Alan Hetfield|
|Birth Date:||3 August 1963|
|Birth Place:||Downey, California, United States|
|Years active:||1978 till date|
|Net Worth:||$350 Million|
|Last Updated:||April 2020|
James Alan Hetfield is a musician and songwriter from California, United States. He is best known as the main songwriter, rhythm guitarist, lead vocalist and co-founder of the multiple ‘Grammy Award’ winner heavy-metal band, ‘Metallica.’ He was raised in California, US, where he was born in a strict Christian Science family. He worked together with drummer Ulrich, and founded the metal band, ‘Metallica.’ Making their beginning as pioneers of thrash, the group has gone on to become a commercially successful heavy metal band. With his skillful songwriting, signature rhythm guitar-playing, and strong leadership, Hetfield has reserved a special place for both himself and his band ‘Metallica’ in the history of heavy metal music. He has played a highly significant part in taking the group from being just an underground roots band to becoming one of the greatest heavy metal bands in the history of music. ‘Metallica’ has released 39 singles, 41 music videos, 4 live albums, and 10 studio albums. They have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. James Hetfield has been ranked among the top metal vocalists and metal guitarists of all time, leading us to write about James Hetfield net worth 2020, biography, career highlights, and rise to stardom.
James Hetfield’s Early Life
James Hetfield was born to Cynthia Bassett Hetfield and Virgil Lee Hetfield in Downey, California, United States, on August 3, 1963. He completed his studies at Brea Olinda High School after spending some time in Downey High School. He began practicing the guitar since he was eight years old.
James Hetfield’s Career
In 1981, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich came together and founded the group ‘Metallica’, which was later joined by other members. The band released their debut album two years later titled “Kill ‘Em All”. Their album did so well and became a multi-platinum certified album. A year later in 1984 they released their second album ‘Ride the Lightning.’ which also became multi-platinum. At this stage, Hetfield and his group were already reigning hot in the limelight. Their next album ‘Master of Puppets’ was released in 1986. It sold over 4.5 million copies in the United States alone, and made a significant contribution to the popularity of the entire band. The group came up with another successful album in 1988, titled, ‘…And Justice for All’. There after, they released their self-titled album in 1991. In 1996, the group came up with ‘Load’, and ‘Reload’ in 1997.
In the 2000s, the highly-rated Metallica released two more albums, ‘St. Anger’ and ‘Death Magnetic.’ Their most recent studio album, ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’ became available in November 2016. The heavy metal band has also released 3 box sets, 3 EPs, 4 live albums, 39 singles, 10 video albums, and 41 music videos.
Hetfield has also released several popular singles for Metallica. He has also done back vocals for other artists like Danzig, Corrosion of Conformity, and has also played guitar for many other artists. He has appeared on several television shows like ‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast’, ‘Time Warp’, ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’, ‘American Dad!’, and ‘The Simpsons’, all of which account for James Hetfield net worth.
Awards & Nominations
With Metallica, James Hetfield one of the greatest metal vocalists and metal guitarists of all time, has won many accolades. He has won nine Grammy Awards from 23 nominations. He has also won the Echo Music Prize, 7 Kerang Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, and 2 American Music Awards. In the year 2009, the band was inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Additionally, the band Metallica has been named one of the greatest bands of all time by several organizations.
Personal Life & Family
James Hetfield married an Argentine named Francesca Tomasi, on August 17, 1997. She was initially the band’s costume designer. The couple and their three children resides in Vail, Colorado.
Apart from music, James is also interested in customizing cars and motorbikes, farming, and beekeeping. He likes to hunt, and is a dedicated member of ‘The National Rifle Association.’
James Hetfield, now 56 years old, is 185cm tall and weighs 104kg. His eyes are blue in colour, while he maintains a dark brown hair. He is easily recognized for his many tattoos, including some that depict the year of his birth, and also the pyrotechnics stage accident.
James Hetfield Net Worth
James Hetfield is the main songwriter, rhythm guitarist, lead vocalist and co-founder of the multiple ‘Grammy Award’ winner heavy-metal band, ‘Metallica’ which has gone on to become a commercially successful heavy metal band, and one of the best in the world. Most of his wealth has come from the band’s album sales and earnings from tours. He earned more than $21 Million from “”Black Album” alone which has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
The following are the album and sales which is responsible for James Hetfield net worth:
- Kill ‘Em All — 8.5 million
- Ride the Lightning — 4.3 million
- Master of Puppets — 4.6 million
- …And Justice for All — 5.3 million
- Metallica — 16.8 million
- Load — 5.1 million
- Reload — 4 million
- St. Anger — 2 million
- Death Magnetic — 1.9 million
- Hardwired… to Self-Destruct — 4 million
Apart from earning from his music, this popular singer also makes great sums of money from the revenue of tours and merchandise sales. He also earns a big amount from endorsing products on his instagram page where he is quite popular. According to Influencerbay, Mr. Hetfield earns about $962 to $1,649 per post made on this instagram page.
His assets include several properties all over the nation. He is the owner of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. His house in Vail is reportedly worth around $922,300. He is also said to own about 7 luxury, extravagant cars.