James Hetfield Wiki 2021: Age, Career, Net Worth

James Hetfield Wiki 2021: Age, Career, Net Worth


James Hetfield (born on 3rd August 1963) is a popular singer and lead guitarist of the famous heavy metal band Metallica. He is also the songwriter and co-founder of the band. James met Lars Ulrich who advertised for the band member in the newspaper. After just one session of jamming with each other, they were convinced about each other skills. They added another couple of band members and the rest is history. Today Metallica is regarded as one of the if not the best heavy metal bands in the world. Metallica has released ten studio albums and has won nine grammy awards to date. Hetfield himself is ranked no 8 best metal guitarist of all time. His voice is also one of the most popular voices in the metal industry as he is regarded as the top 5 best vocalists of all time. James Hetfield is one of the most popular and followed social media stars on Social media with over 2 million social media followers worldwide.


James Hetfield was born in Downey, California, USA. He was born to Virgil Hetfield who was a Truck Driver and Cynthia Bassett. who was a popular opera singer> James has one biological younger sister named Deanna Hetfield and has two half elder brothers named David whereas another brother name is not known? After his parent’s divorce when he was just 13 years old he stayed with his mother and brother. James stayed with his brother David after the death of his mother. Due to his family’s Christian beliefs, they did not believe in medicines and doctors which was the cause of his mother’s dying of cancer. James hated the belief and became an atheist after the death of his mother. Regarding education, James Hetfield attended Downey High School and later graduated from Brea Olinda High School. Growing up James was very passionate about music. He started learning piano and guitar lessons when he was just 10 years old.


James Hetfield’s career began as a musician when he was just 14 years old. He started playing guitar with popular musician Robert Okner. He joined few bands named Obsession and Leather Charm when he was just a teenager. In 1981 he co-founded Metallica with another band member and drummer Lars Ulrich. Many new members joined Metallica such as Dave Mustaine, Lars Ulrich, Ron McGovney, and Cliff Burton. James Hetfield was in lead guitar and vocals. The band was doing quite well for over a year till Mustained started drinking and his behavior started growing violent. In 1983, Metallica added Kirk Hammett as lead guitarist and it provoked Hetfield and Ulrich to fire Mustaine from the band. Dave Mustaine was furious and started his own band Megadeath which became as popular as Metallica down the years. The band started gaining momentum from their heavy metal but Hetfield started to twist some of his extra skill as he started showcasing his melodic guitar solos. The song Nothing Else Matters was completely out of the realm of any songs of Metallica but it became one of the most popular songs of the band.

Despite the popularity and entertainment, James Hetfield recalls his onstage accident as one of the most horrifying moments of his life. Due to the blast in pyrotechnics the left side of the head, hands and neck was burned. He has also suffered from a broken arm while skateboarding. That broke the clause on his contract of performing guitar on the stage which led to large controversy. Later James Hetfield signed the contract of never skateboarding ever in his life. In 2001, James Hetfield was diagnosed with an addiction to alcohol and went to rehab. He was criticized for firing Dave Mustaine for the same cause and falling into the same pit. However, Dave Mustaine supported Hetfield during a hard time and pointed out there were no hard feelings. The relations with Mustaine and Hetfield are repaired and they are now good friends at the current stage.

Marital Status

James Hetfield is married to Francesca Tomasi for 23 years as they got married in 1997. He currently lives with his wife and three children in Vail Colorado. He has dedicated his life to his wife and has to remain eternally grateful to her for overcoming his anger issues and his alcohol consumption. James has one son and two daughters. Their names are Castor, Cali, and Marcella.

Net Worth

James Hetfield is a popular band member and singer from the popular Metallica. He has gained a lot of fame and name from his career as a musician and singer. James has gained lots of followers and also income, assets, and properties. However, unlike his early days where he used to flash his money and show his income, he has become quite humble and has started to be quite responsible. Currently, James has a net worth of approximately $300 million as of 2021.

Random Facts

  • James Hetfield fired Dave Mustaine from Metallica for his over alcohal consumption.
  • He has three children one son and two daughters.
  • James Hetfield mother died of cancer due to lack of hospital treatment.
  • James Hetfield and Metallica where inducted in rock and roll hall of fame in 2009.
  • Currently James Hetfield has a net worth of approximately $300 million.

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