James Hetfield
James Hetfield

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Name: James Hetfield
Occupation: Metal Singer
Gender: Male
Height: 185 cm (6' 1'')
Birth Day: August 3, 1963
Age: 59
Birth Place: Downey, United States
Zodiac Sign: Leo

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Height: 185 cm (6' 1'')
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James Hetfield

James Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963 in Downey, United States (59 years old). James Hetfield is a Metal Singer, zodiac sign: Leo. Find out James Hetfieldnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

Co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Metallica who was named the eighth greatest metal guitarist by Joel Mclver in 2009. He is joined in Metallica by bassist Robert Trujillo, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Lee Hammett


He observed his mother die of cancer without medicine when he was sixteen because of her strong belief in Christian Science, an event that inspired the Metallica song "The God That Failed." 

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$300 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

With the net worth of $300 Million, James Hetfield is the # 1629 richest person on earth all the time follow our database.

James Hetfield Real Estate

Real Estate: For much of his life, James Hetfield and his family lived in Marin County, California. In 2016, the Hetfields moved to Vail, Colorado after years of being displeased by the local liberal politics and attitudes. On an episode of Joe Rogan's podcast, James explained how he was sick of getting dirty looks from neighbors when he returned home from a hunting trip. He found their attitudes hypocritical since none of these people would hesitate to buy a steak from a store. He has since found a much more accepting home in Colorado.

James still owns an extremely valuable real estate portfolio back in Marin County that at one point included thousands of acres of open land. He purchased 1,150 acres of rural property six miles from George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in 1999, forming what he dubbed "Rocking H Ranch". In 2008 James caused controversy when he erected a 300-foot fence across part of his land that blocked bikers and hikers from a popular trail that traversed his property. The county then spent $650,000 erecting a new trail which became known as 680 Trail to give visitors an alternative connection between two popular recreation areas. As a concession, he donated 330 acres of his and to the local community.

In 2011 the Hetfields submitted plans to build four single-family homes on his property, each between 5,000 and 8,000 square-feet on 10-acre lots.

Over the years James has donated chunks of his land to various non-profit land trusts. For example, in 2017 the Hetfields donated 240 acres for an agricultural conservation. In February 2018 they donated 1,000 acres of open land to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

As of this writing, the Hetfields own around 50 acres of their original 1,150 property, having donated the rest to charity.

Outside of Marin County and Vail, they own a large property in Maui, Hawaii.

Before Fame

His favorite band growing up was Aerosmith, from whom he drew inspiration to learn the guitar. He learned how to play guitar, bass, and piano. 

Biography Timeline


Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963 in Downey, California, the son of Cynthia Bassett (née Nourse), 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. His parents divorced in 1976 when Hetfield was 13. They were very strict Christian Scientists, and in accordance with their beliefs, they strongly disapproved of medicine or any other medical treatment and remained loyal to their faith, even as Cynthia was dying from cancer. This upbringing became the inspiration for many of Hetfield's lyrics during his career with Metallica, most notably in the songs "Dyers Eve" and "The God That Failed" from ...And Justice for All and Metallica respectively. Cynthia died of cancer in 1979 when Hetfield was 16 years old. After the death of his mother, Hetfield went to live with his older half-brother David. Virgil died in late 1996, during Metallica's Load tour. Hetfield attended Downey High School for his freshman and sophomore years and graduated from Brea Olinda High School in 1981.


From 1982 to 1983, Mustaine's overly aggressive behavior and drinking problems led to mounting tensions between himself and Hetfield. Mustaine also once poured beer onto McGovney's bass nearly causing serious damage. On April 1, 1983, the band recruited lead guitarist Kirk Hammett from the band Exodus, and 10 days later, Hetfield and Ulrich officially fired Mustaine from the band due to his erratic indifference. Mustaine was sent home on a 4-day bus journey from New York to Los Angeles, and went on to form the heavy metal band Megadeth.


In the early days of the band, Metallica experimented with a few different vocals and guitar combinations, essentially creating a setup similar to that of British metal band Diamond Head, another major influence on Hetfield. Some of the options considered included adding another guitar player, having John Roads play lead guitar, as well as asking John Bush from Armored Saint (who later joined Anthrax) to sing for the band. The finalized line-up of the band became Hetfield (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Dave Mustaine (lead guitar), and Ron McGovney (bass) who was soon replaced by Cliff Burton. Hetfield referred to their early sound as power metal. The term "thrash metal" was first used when Kerrang journalist Malcolm Dome described the Anthrax song "Metal Thrashing Mad" in an issue of Kerrang in February 1984.


Throughout Metallica's career, Hetfield has used a wide range of different amplifiers. For the first two albums, he used Marshall heads and cabinets, with occasional effects. The specific Marshall that he used for Kill 'Em All was stolen after a concert prior to the recording of Ride the Lightning; Hetfield was extremely upset by the theft, as his mother had helped him purchase the amplifier before her death. In 1985, for the recording of Master of Puppets, he and Kirk Hammett each bought a Mesa/Boogie Mark IIC+ amplifier (the preamp sections of which were connected to Marshall power amplifiers), and since then he has mostly used Mesa/Boogies, including the Triaxis and Rectifier models. Around the time of St. Anger, Hetfield began using the Diezel VH4 head. The majority of his clean tones come from a Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amplifier, although many different amplifiers have been used over the years.


Hetfield has been involved in a number of onstage accidents, most notable for being an incident with pyrotechnics at Olympic Stadium in Montreal during the Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour on August 8, 1992. Hetfield was the victim of a pyrotechnics accident during the song "Fade to Black", in which a pyrotechnic charge reacted. Hetfield's guitar protected him from the full force of the blast; however, the reaction struck his left side, burning his hand, arm, eyebrows, face and hair. He suffered second and third-degree burns, but was back on stage 17 days later, although his guitar duties were delegated to former guitar tech and Metal Church guitarist John Marshall for four weeks while he made a full recovery.

Hetfield has a number of tattoos, including one which shows flames encasing four playing cards – ace (1), 9, 6, and 3 – representing the year of his birth, and the words "Carpe Diem" ("seize the day"). The flames on the tattoo are in reference to the pyrotechnic accident which he suffered in 1992 during a concert in Montreal. He has tattooed an "M" and "81" on his right hand for "Metallica" and the year Metallica was founded, 1981, and an "F" on his left hand for "Francesca". He also has some Christian tattoos, including crosses and one of Jesus on his right arm. He has a tattoo of two razors forming the straight edge X symbol on his left wrist.


Hetfield married Francesca Tomasi on August 17, 1997, and together they have three children. He currently resides in Vail, Colorado, citing a "multitude of reasons" for moving there, including it being his wife's childhood hometown, the natural beauty, and the quiet environment. During an interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Hetfield stated that his wife had helped him to mature and learn to deal with his anger issues more constructively, explaining that after they met, his destructive tendencies embarrassed both of them. Hetfield has long struggled with addiction problems. In 2001, he entered a rehab program (documented in the film Metallica: Some Kind of Monster), and began maintaining total abstinence from alcohol. In a 2010 interview with So What!, the official magazine of Metallica's fan club, Hetfield stated that he is a "reborn straight edge". However, in 2019, Hetfield once again entered rehab, forcing Metallica to cancel their Australia/New Zealand leg of the WorldWired Tour. Hetfield made his first public appearance since leaving rehab at the Petersen Automotive Museum reception on January 30, 2020.


During the recording of the band's eighth studio album St. Anger in 2001, Hetfield went into rehab to address his alcohol usage. He rejoined the band after seven months in rehab and four months recovering with his family. His health problems are featured in Some Kind of Monster. Some Kind of Monster also shows the making of the St. Anger album, and documents the various conflicts and issues the band were facing at the time including the departure of Jason Newsted, alcoholism, family commitments, and the future of the band.


Hetfield has expressed his disdain for politics and celebrities who "soapbox their opinions", stating that "for us, people are people – you should all have your own opinion". In 2007, Metallica performed at London's Live Earth concert. When Hetfield was asked for his thoughts on climate change, he responded by saying:


Hetfield and Metallica addressed their need for a new bassist by recruiting Robert Trujillo, who formerly served under the wing of Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy Osbourne recruited Jason Newsted shortly after Trujillo's transfer. The new line-up has continued to make music and tour worldwide. Metallica's ninth studio album, Death Magnetic, was released on September 12, 2008. Like St. Anger and every album of original material released by Metallica since 1991's Metallica, Death Magnetic went to #1 on the Billboard charts in over 30 countries during its first week of release.

In 2008, he made comments which were perceived as endorsing the use of his music at Guantánamo Bay to torture prisoners. British band Chumbawamba subsequently released a song called "Torturing James Hetfield", as a direct response.


On April 4, 2009, Hetfield, along with remaining Metallica members Ulrich, Hammett, Trujillo, as well as former bassist Newsted, and the deceased Cliff Burton (who was represented by his father), were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In an interview after their nomination, Hetfield commented that everyone who had appeared on an album with the band would be inducted. This excluded original guitarist Dave Mustaine and original bassist Ron McGovney, as both had appeared only on the band's early demo tapes. Hetfield and the rest of Metallica, including Newsted, performed "Master of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman" to end the ceremony.


In 2010, a Line 6 effects unit was added to the list, along with the TC Electronic unit, perhaps indicating that this had replaced his stompboxes.


In December 2011, it was announced by Fortin Amps that they would team up with Randall Amplifiers to start a new line of tube amplifiers based on the Fortin Meathead amplifier. Kirk Hammett currently has two prototypes, and Hetfield will eventually be receiving one.

Family Life

James married his wife Francesca on August 17, 1997, with whom he had three children: Cali, Castor, and Marcella. 

Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Christopher Hale Brother N/A N/A N/A
#2 David Hale David Hale Brother $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 33 Baseball Player
#3 Marcella Francesca Hetfield Daughter N/A N/A N/A
#4 Cali Tee Hetfield Daughter N/A N/A N/A
#5 Virgil Hetfield Father N/A N/A N/A
#6 Cynthia Hetfield Mother N/A N/A N/A
#7 Deanna Hetfield Sister N/A N/A N/A
#8 Castor Virgil Hetfield Son N/A N/A N/A
#9 Francesca Hetfield Spouse N/A N/A N/A
#10 Cali Hetfield $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 22 Celebrity Family Member

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, James Hetfield is 59 years, 3 months and 27 days old. James Hetfield will celebrate 60th birthday on a Thursday 3rd of August 2023. Below we countdown to James Hetfield upcoming birthday.


Recent Birthday Highlights

55th birthday - Friday, August 3, 2018

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Happy 55th birthday to James Hetfield!

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54th birthday - Thursday, August 3, 2017

James Hetfield 54th! | Metal Amino

Today is James Hetfield's 54th birthday, so happy birthday to him!

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53rd birthday - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

52nd birthday - Monday, August 3, 2015

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Happy 52nd Birthday to James Hetfield!

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51st birthday - Sunday, August 3, 2014

James Hetfield Celebrates 51st Birthday Today

The one and only king was born on this day.

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50th birthday - Saturday, August 3, 2013

Happy 50th Birthday To METALLICA's James Hetfield

Happy 50th to Papa Het, who was born on August 3, 1963. Thanks for all the riffs and all the yeahs.

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49th birthday - Friday, August 3, 2012

Celebrate James Hetfield’s 49th Birthday By Watching Awesome Metallica Moments | SPIN

As of today, Metallica frontman James Hetfield has one more year to live until he turns (gasp!) 50! Over the past three decades or so, he's led an extraordinary life as the fearless leader of the thrash icons: He helped invent speed-metal's signature guitar sound, he wrote songs that influenced artists ranging from Slayer to Shakira and he has had the opportunity to jam with people who have influenced him over the years like members of Black Sabbath and Queen. He's always projected a level of poise, even during times he was admittedly uncomfortable (see photoshoots around Load), and yet he's never lost sight of his sense of humor. So to help Jaymz, as he used to call himself, celebrate final year of his 40s, we've trawled YouTube to find his five most-awesome onstage moments. James Hetfield crowdbaits fans at the 1983 release party for Kill 'Em All This video of Metallica playing "Metal Militia" would be impressive on its own, were it not just to watch early Het command a thrash

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48th birthday - Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Five Gift Ideas for James Hetfield's 48th Birthday

Metallica frontman James Hetfield is a year older today. The grunting godfather of thrash -- and then not so thrash -- metal is now 48, and we at New Times would like to wish him a happy and a healthy birthday. Regardless of how you feel about Metallica's post "Black...

47th birthday - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, James Hetfield!

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  1. James is of German, English, and Scottish origin.
  2. James Hetfield gave his Chevrolet Camaro to the Hard Rock Café.
  3. James Hetfield loves staying active, with the variety of occupations being opened in front of him, like hunting, customizing vehicles, as well as farming.
  4. In 2002, James Hetfield started taking care of his health undergoing the rehab course. James Hetfield states that he is now a follower of the straight edge movement.
  5. What was his most powerful inspiration? 
    When creating “The God That Failed,” he thought of his parents who died denying the medical intrusion believing that God would save them.
  6. When did he start taking lessons in playing musical instruments? 
    James Hetfield turned 9 when he began learning how to play the piano. Then he embarked on performing on drums, and a guitar.
  7. Who was his influence in childhood? 
    The work of the Aerosmith band left a great impact on the ideas of James when he was a child. There are also other groups he loved most of all in his youth, for instance, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, and many others.
  8. Has he got tattoos? 
    James Hetfield has several tattoos inked on his body. The most remarkable is the range of four cards set in flame. This is regarded as a reference to the accident that happened to the musician in 1992. James also has crosses tattooed on his arm.

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