Kirk Hammett is a well-known American musician who is best known to be the lead guitarist of the heavy metal band ‘Metallica.’ He is the member of the band from 1983 to date and is also a contributing songwriter. Prior to that, Hammett was in the band ‘Exodus.’ He has also played guitar for other artists. Let’s find out more about how much is Kirk Hammett’s net worth in 2018.
Kirk Lee Hammett was born on November 18, 1962, in San Francisco, California to his parents Dennis L. Hammett and Teofila “Chefela” Hammett. He grew up in El Sobrante, California.
He went to De Anza High School located in Richmond, California. Hammett was influenced to music from a very young age.
Kirk Hammett has been married twice. He was first married to Rebecca Hammett in 1987. The couple broke up in 1990. In January 1998, he got married to his current wife, Lani Hammett. They have two sons named Angel Ray Keala Hammett and Vincenzo Kainalu Hammett. He resides with his family in San Francisco.
He is the creator of the creator of the annual horror convention called ‘Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil.’
Hammett started his career by working at Burger King. He later quit the job and became a founding member of the band ‘Exodus’ in 1979. With them, he contributed to the band’s ‘Demo’ in 1982. He left the band in 1983.
In 1983, Kirk Hammett became a member of the band ‘Metallica.’ With them, he released the band’s debut studio album ‘Kill ‘Em All’ in the same year. It became a multi-platinum certified album. In 1984, the band released ‘Ride the Lightning.’ The album sold more than 4.3 million records in the U.S. alone.
The other albums released by the band include ‘Master of Puppets,’ ‘…And Justice for All’, ‘Metallica,’ ‘Load,’ ‘Reload,’ ‘St. Anger’, ‘Death Magnetic,’ and ‘Hardwired…to Self-Destruct’. They have also released four live albums, 10 video albums, 1 collaboration album, 1 soundtrack album, and 3 EPs.
He is also the producer of Death Angel’s ‘Kill as One.’ He has released ‘Metal Militia’ with Headbanged. He has also played for the solo album of Nicolas Abou Chedid.
Kirk Hammett released his first book entitled ‘Too Much Horror Business’ in 2012. He has lent his voice in ‘The Simpsons.’ He has also guest-appeared in ‘’ Space Ghost Coast to Coast,’ and ‘Jon Benjamin Has a Van.’
Awards & Achievements
Kirk Hammett has received several awards with the band Metallica. They have won two American Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, and five Kerrang! Awards. They are the winner of the 2017 Echo Music Prize. Metallica has won eight Grammy Awards from 17 nominations. Other awards won by them include iHeartRadio Music Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, My VH1 Music Awards, and Rock on Request Awards.
Net Worth of Kirk Hammett
Kirk Hammett has an estimated net worth of more than $200 million. He found considerable success after he became the lead guitarist of Metallica. This fortune comes from the sale of Metallica’s album which has sold over 120 million albums worldwide.
Kirk Hammett is considered one of the most popular guitarists in the world. He is placed at No. 15 in The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists by Joe McIver. He has appeared for Septic Deaths EP ‘Kichigai.’ He has also played guitar for the single “If Rap Gets Jealous” by K’Naan in 2006. His popularity has made him win many accolades and has appeared in the list of ‘The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ of the Rolling Stones in 2003.