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Dave Mustaine Net Worth

Dave Mustaine Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Dave Mustaine net worth is
$20 Million

Dave Mustaine Wiki Biography

David Scott “Dave” Mustaine was born on 13th September 1961, in La Mesa, California USA of French and Finnish (father) and Jewish (mother) descent. Dave Mustaine became famous back in the ‘80s, being the original lead guitarist for Metallica. After he left the band, he joined Megadeth, a thrash metal band, for which he is a guitarist and the lead singer.

So just how rich is Dave Mustaine? His net worth is estimated by sources at $20 million. In 2009, he was ranked number one in the best metal guitarists list, therefore his earnings in the music industry make the main source for the singer’s net worth.

Dave Mustaine Net Worth $20 Million

Dave Mustaine started performing for Panic, but he became famous as the lead guitarist for Metallica, although he was part of the band for less than two years, so he never actually contributed to any of the band’s albums. After he was fired in 1983 because of his alcohol and drugs problems, Mustaine founded Fallen Angels, but this band lasted less than a year. In 1984, the guitarist became the lead singer for Megadeth, the band for which he is still performing today. The band has launched more than 20 albums, live albums and compilations, including “Countdown to Extinction” (1992), “Risk” (1999), “Rust in Peace” (1990), and “Icon” (2014) and received several Platinum and Gold certifications, not only in the USA, but also in Australia, the UK, Finland and Germany. Dave Mustaine has also made appearances in several television shows and documentaries, such as “Black Scorpion”, “The Drew Carey Show”, “Hell’s Kitchen”, “Duck Dodgers”, and “The Hour”.

Dave Mustaine makes money from touring, album sales and royalties. His band is the founder of a travelling heavy metal music festival, called Gigantour, registered and released also on DVD, for which Mustaine was an executive producer in 2009. The guitarist has his own line of guitars, made at the beginning with the Jackson Company and later with ESP Guitars. He is also the author and performer of several soundtracks, especially for television shows and series.

Besides music, Dave Mustaine completes his income from selling wine. The rock star owns a house and a vineyard near Fallbrook, in San Diego County, where he produces Cabernet Sauvignon. The first wine made at Mustaine Vineyards was launched in 2012 under the name “Symphony Interrupted”. Dave Mustaine is also co-owner of Cooperstown, a bar/restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona.

Besides music, Mustaine is fan of the martial arts, with black belts in Ukidokan Karate and Taekwondo. He also is driving race cars and participated to the Watkins Glen International raceway in New York, in 2015. In 2010 he published also a book, called “Mustaine: a heavy metal memoir”, which adds more money to the rock star`s net worth.

In 1992, Dave Mustaine was a reporter for MTV at the Democratic National Convention, but then in 2012, he supported the Republican candidate Rick Santorum. Over the years he has made numerous statements about the USA`s internal and foreign politics, many of them controversial.

In 1991, Dave Mustaine married Pamela Anne Casselberry; the couple has a son and a daughter.

Full NameDave Mustaine
Net Worth$20 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 13, 1961
Place Of BirthLa Mesa, California, United States
Height6 ft (1.83 m)
ProfessionSinger, Musician, Songwriter, Actor, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Author, Guitarist, Talent manager
NationalityUnited States of America
SpousePamela Anne Casselberry (m. 1991)
ChildrenElectra Nicole Mustaine, Justis David Mustaine
ParentsEmily Mustaine, John Mustaine, Symphony of Destruction, Holy Wars… The Punishment Due, À Tout le Monde
NicknamesDavid Scott Mustaine , Megadave , dave_mustaine , Dangerous Dave , Mustaine , David Mustaine , Mustaine Dave
AwardsKerrang! Classic Songwriter Award
Music GroupsMegadeth (Since 1983), Metallica (1981 – 1983), MD.45 (1996)
MoviesMegadeth: Video Hits, Get Thrashed
1Red curly hair.
2Gruff singing and speaking voice.
3Upper lip curl.
4Jackson King V Signature model Guitar
1James Hatfield has developed an image of machismo and bravado over the years, but I've known him a long time. I know who he is inside. James and I were destined for greatness. Just not together.
2My favorite guitar solo? Probably the one on Time by Pink Floyd. I'll tell you, Dave Gilmour can do more with one note than most other guitarists can do with the entire fret board.
3Well, I liked Marty when I first met him, because he was a gentle guy and was really dedicated to his craft. But I was kind of put off by his appearance. Our manager had his CD [Marty Friedman's 1988 solo album, Dragon's Kiss] on his desk for months, and I would look at it and just be like, "No way. But one day, I put in the CD and was just like, "Wow! This guy wants to play with us? Let's bring him in. And Marty showed up, and he was pretty funny looking - he had the two-color hair and all that stuff. He was living hand-to-mouth in Hollywood, you know? But he was great. [explaining his initial impression of Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman]
4I could have sounded just like Metallica if I wanted to, and I didn't. Megadeth doesn't sound anything like Metallica. It really doesn't.
5It's like you pull up to a stop light, you know, and you have your own car and so do they. They're both Mercedes, but yours says 'smaller number.' I mean it's like, you know, there's still that penis envy. [on the rivalry between Megadeth and his former band Metallica]
6I'll tell you what I won't sing any more: 'Anarchy In The UK'. That says: 'I am an antichrist' - and I'm not. [from a 2004 interview with Classic Rock magazine]
7I hated them. I was so mad at them I figured, 'I need to regroup and I need to start over again, because now I'm going to get revenge.' Part of the whole reason why I formed Megadeth was to get back at them. [describing his feelings toward Metallica, after his dismissal from the band]
8The success didn't matter. Countdown to Extinction was double platinum. That didn't matter. I had the house, I had the wife, I had the kid, I had everything. But I had nothing because I was still comparing myself to my previous band. [on having Megadeth's fifth album, Countdown to Extinction, being outsold by Metallica's self-titled fifth album]
9"Last album, Lars Ulrich from Metallica said something to me through the press. He said he thinks I am talented but that I should take more risks, which I took as good advice. As this new record evolved, it became more and more appropriate to call it Risk. And after all, the band is called Megadeth - we aren't afraid to take chances." (1999)
10"There's two kinds of drunks: There's happy drunks, and there's violent drunks. And I would get violent." (on being intoxicated while he was a member of Metallica)
11"There are two ways you can hear this next song, there's our way and then there's their way, for those of you who think that this is their way, this song is called Mechanix".
12I didn't like the way I was let go from Metallica. There was no civility in the way it happened. They just said, 'You're out' and I said, 'What, no warning, no second chance?'
13Megadeth is a legend, and I'm not gonna cheapen it like some of these bands that keep going long after they should.
1Considers Dave Gilmour's guitar solo in 'Time' by Pink Floyd as his favorite.
2The new album "United Abominations" from Megadeth is now released. 'Christina Scabbia' from Lacuna Coil is guest vocalist on the song "A Tout Le Monde". [May 2007]
3Preparing press tours to promote re-issues and remixes of past Megadeth albums on the Capitol Label (27th July in USA) and for upcoming new Megadeth album "The System Has Failed" in September. [June 2004]
4Headlining the metal festival "Gigantour". But still has dates to complete on Megadeth's "Blackmail the Universe Tour". [August 2005]
5Is currently on "Tour of Duty" [October 2007]
6Was notorious for his feuds with members of Metallica and Slayer, but by 2010 these feuds subsided.
7Godson of Alice Cooper.
8Lives in Fallbrook and Oceanside, California.
9The song "Liar" from Megadeth's "So Far So Good So What" (1988) album was written by Mustaine about Chris Poland, the guitarist he had recently been forced to fire from the band.
10The only member of Megadeth to appear on every one of the band's recordings.
11Recovered from arm injury and recorded "The System Has Failed" as a solo project but, due to contractual issues, released it under the name of Megadeth (September 2004).
12The Megadeth song "Something I'm Not" (from the 2004 album "The System Has Failed") is about Lars Ulrich's "betrayal" of Dave.
13Wrote the Megadeth song "In My Darkest Hour" in reaction to hearing the news about the death of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.
14In 2002, he suffered a nerve injury to his left arm, which he said resulted from falling asleep with that arm over the back of a chair. He disbanded Megadeth that year, only to reform it in 2004 after extensive physical therapy for the injury.
15In 1992 covered the Democratic National Convention for MTV News
16Has a son, Justis David, and a daughter, Electra Nicole
17Former lead guitarist of Metallica. His drinking habits led to his 1983 dismissal from the band, a move Mustaine referred to as having "no warning, no second chance".
18Founder, guitarist and lead singer of Megadeth.


X-Men: Apocalypse2016writer: "Four Horsemen"
Hellion2014writer: "Metal Militia"
Metallica Through the Never2013writer: "Ride the Lightning" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Burton/Mustaine
Metalhead2013writer: "Symphony of Destruction"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nhl 112010Video Game writer: "Dialectic Chaos"
Brütal Legend2009Video Game writer: "High Speed Dirt", "Tornado of Souls"
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs2008TV Movie writer: "Peace Sells"
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gears of War2006Video Game writer: "Gears Of War"
Guitar Hero II2006Video Game "HANGAR 18"
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 20062005Video Game writer: "Symphony Of Destruction"
Guitar Hero2005Video Game writer: "Symphony of Destruction"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
True Crime: Streets of LA2003Video Game writer: "Peace Sells", "Symphony of Destruction"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video Game writer: "Peace Sells" - as Mustaine
Black Scorpion2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Killer2000Short writer: "Looking Down the Cross"
WCW Monday Nitro1999TV Series writer - 19 episodes
Universal Soldier: The Return1999writer: "Crush 'Em"
Metallica: Cunning Stunts1998Video documentary writer: "Ride the Lightning", "The Four Horsemen"
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation1997writer: "Almost Honest Danny Saber Mix"
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills1996Documentary writer: "The Call of Ktulu"
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight1995producer: "DIADEMS" / writer: "DIADEMS"
Last Action Hero1993writer: "Angry Again"
Super Mario Bros.1993writer: "BREAKPOINT"
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey1991producer: "GO TO HELL" / writer: "GO TO HELL"
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years1988Documentary producer: "In My Darkest Hour" / writer: "In My Darkest Hour"
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentary writer: "The Four Horsemen"


Homeless Ashes2017pre-productionFritz
Metalhead to Head2014TV Series
Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction - Live2013VideoLead vocals, guitar
Megadeth Wearhouse2013Short
Megadeth: Rust in Peace Live2010Video
Black Scorpion2001TV SeriesTorchy Thompson
The Drew Carey Show1998TV SeriesDave Mustaine

Music Department

America: Imagine the World Without Her2014Documentary musician - The Star Spangled Banner
Land of the Lost2009musician: additional guitar
Gigantour 22008Video music supervisor
Megadeth: That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires2007Video documentary music supervisor
Gigantour2006Video music supervisor


Gigantour 22008Video executive producer


The Smoky Mountain Wildfires Telethon2016TV MovieHimself
Hell's Kitchen2015TV SeriesHimself - Restaurant Patron
Rock Icons2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Classic Rock Roll of Honour: Presented by Orange Amplification2014TV MovieHimself
Slash: Raised on the Sunset Strip2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
That Metal Show2010-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Supa Pirate Booty Hunt2012TV Series shortHimself
The Hour2012TV SeriesHimself
Metal Evolution2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: The Big 4 - Live from Sofia, Bulgaria2010DocumentaryHimself
Golden Gods Awards2010TV Special
Megadeth Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego2009TV SpecialHimself - Vocals, Guitar
Golden Gods Awards2009TV Special
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs2008TV MovieHimself
Spread TV2008TV SeriesHimself
Gigantour 22008Video
Rock Band Cometh: The Rock Band Band Story2007TV MovieHimself
Talking Metal2007TV SeriesHimself
Megadeth: That One Night - Live in Buenos Aires2007Video documentaryHimself - Lead Guitar & Singer
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal2006DocumentaryHimself
Duck Dodgers2005TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004DocumentaryHimself
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Rude Awakening2002Video documentaryHimself / singer
Behind the Music1998-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Classic Albums: Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast2001Video documentaryHimself - Megadeth
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2001TV SeriesHimself
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Member, Megadeth
Top Ten2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Woodstock '991999TV SpecialHimself
Howard Stern1998TV SeriesHimself
Evolver: Making of Youthanasia1994DocumentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994TV SeriesHimself
24 Hours in Rock and Roll1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Last Party1993DocumentaryHimself - Megadeth
Megadeth: Exposure of a Dream1992Video shortHimself (Guitar, Vocals)
Hangin' w/MTV1992TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1992TV SeriesHimself
Rusted Pieces1991VideoHimself
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 101991Video documentaryHimself - Megadeth
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 71990Video documentaryHimself
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years1988DocumentaryHimself (Megadeth guitarist / vocalist)
Night Network1988TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentaryHimself

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