James Hetfield Net Worth and Biography

James Hetfield is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist known for the fact that he founded the all-time famous heavy metal band Metallica. His net worth in 2020 is estimated to be around $300 million.

Learn everything about the net worth of James Hetfield and his lifestyle here!

Net Worth: $300 million
Birth Date: August 3,  1963
Birthplace: Downey, California, USA
Profession: Singer (Band: Metallica)
Last Updated: June 2020

James Hetfield Net Worth

Net Worth

James Hetfield was continuously involved in his music career, which is why most of his fortune was gathered thanks to his talent. When he started to build the band, we know today as Metallica, he faces some challenges. Still, they managed to become a hit, and their third album, Master of Puppets from 1986, is one of the most popular and influential heavy metal albums of all time. They sold more than 16 million records in the US alone.

Both Metallica tours and albums are immediately sold. And as an example, just take a look at the global sales of the following albums. The 1983 Kill `Em All album brought a total revenue of 8.510.000 dollars, while the all-time famous 1988 Metallica album reached an astounding 15.840.000 dollars.

James Hetfield’s net worth is not all about music sales. He receives plenty of money from various TV shows and TV appearances. Indeed, this revenue is not as impressive as the one of Metallica’s sales, but we couldn’t help to notice that Hetfield is part of several movies, such as Dragon 1, The Hunt, The Simpsons, and Skylanders Academy.

Hetfield has some real estate assets, too. An interesting property of James Hetfield is several thousand acres of open land in Marin County. Also, he is the owner of 1.150 acres from George Lucas’ Ranch. He planned in 2011 to construct four single-family homes on his property. But after some time, Hetfield donated several land trusts for an agricultural conservation and charity causes. Besides this, he owns a large property in Maui, Hawaii.


James Hetfield was born on August 3rd, 1963 in Downey. California. He was always drawn to music, and he began his piano lesson at age 9. His brother’s drums inspired him, and he ended up playing both drums and guitar.

He married Francesca Tomasi in 1997, and they have three children. They currently live in Colorado. Hetfield stated that his wife was the only one who helped him overcome addiction issues. He entered a rehab facility for the first time in 2010, but he managed to fall back to addiction. Hence, in 2019 joined rehab once more until January 2020.
Hetfield prefers several activities, including hunting, beekeeping, and hunting. Also, he owns several cars and motorcycles, which are all customized.


As for today, Metallica is one of the highest-earning bands in the world, as only a tour can bring up to 100 million dollars in revenue. Metallica released its first album in 1983, which won nine Grammy’s. James Hetfield was ranked #24 in Hit Parader magazine in their top 100 greatest vocalists of all-time. He won the Creative Voice Award in 2004, along with Best Metal Performance in 1991, Best Vocalist in 1997 at Metal Edge Readers’ Choice Awards, and the Best Metal Artist Award from Rock on Request.