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Kirk Hammett Net Worth

Kirk Hammett Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Kirk Hammett net worth is
$70 Million

Kirk Hammett Wiki Biography

Kirk Lee Hammett was born on 18th November 1962, in San Francisco, California USA, of Filipino (mother) and part-Irish (father) descent. Kirk is a musician, and is no doubt best-known as the lead guitarist of Metallica, the band with which he has been performing since 1983. Besides being a rock start, he is also a songwriter and a writer: his first book was published in 2012.

So just how rich is Kirk Hammett? His net worth is estimated at $70 million, most of the money having been made from music, during a career spanning more than 30 years.

Kirk Hammett Net Worth $70 Million

Kirk grew up in El Sobrante, California, where he attended high school. In the early ‘80s, Kirk Hammett took guitar lessons from the famed Joe Satriani, but also studied film and Asian arts at San Francisco State University. Kirk formed his first band, Exodus, in 1980, when he was only eighteen. Three years later, he became the guitarist of the rock band Metallica, by replacing the former lead guitarist, Dave Mustaine, right before the band started producing its first studio album, “Kill ‘Em All”. He has released eight albums with Metallica, from 1983 to 2008, and is actually the songwriter of many of the plays on these albums, from which the most famous are “Enter Sandman” and “Creeping Death”. The rock star had several appearances on other studio albums and videos, including “Kichigai” (by Septic Death), “John the Fisherman” (by Primus), and “Trinity” (by Carlos Santana).

Kirk Hammett is rated one of the best guitarists in the world: he is number 5 in “The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists” (Joel McIver, 2009), number 11 in “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” (The Rolling Stone, 2003) and has three songs in “The Top 100 Guitar Solos”: “One”, ranked number 7, “Fade To Black”, which is number 24, and “Master of Puppets”, which is number 51.

He has also appeared in a series of documentaries and television shows, which add to the income the rock star makes from music. In 2009, the Metallica members, including Kirk Hammett, were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, but the band, whose worth was estimated at $500 million, is still performing and touring, with Kirk as lead guitarist. Kirk Hammett contributed a lot the rock band’s success not only as a lead guitarist, but also as a song writer. Kirk’s earnings from performing with Metallica are confidential, but media have written about millions of dollars earned by the troupe’s members from albums’ sales, concerts, tours and royalties.

For more than 20 years, he has been working with the Japanese company ESP Guitars, for which he endorses; he also has his own range of electric guitars signed by this company, called The ESP Kirk Hammett (or just ESP KH). Kirk Hammett’s collection consists of more than 20 guitars, from which the most expensive was estimated to cost about $2 million. In 2009, Kirk Hammett sold a mansion in Pacific Heights, California, for $7.6 million.

He completes his earnings with television appearances, in shows and documentaries, and by doing voice-overs for animated characters, in series like “The Simpsons” or “Metalocalypse”. Kirk Hammett has a large horror memorabilia collection, which inspired him to write his first book, called “Too Much Horror Business”, published in 2012. The guitarist created also the “Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil”, an annual horror convention, which had its first edition in 2014.

In his personal life, Kirk Hammett was married to Rebecca Enrica Kestelyn from 1987 to 1991, and in 1998 he married Lani Gruttadauro; the couple has two children.

Full NameKirk Hammett
Net Worth$70 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 18, 1962
Place Of BirthSan Francisco, California, United States
Height5 ft 7 in (1.715 m)
ProfessionMusician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Author, Bassist, Pianist
EducationSan Francisco State University, De Anza High School, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, San Francisco State University, De Anza High School, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseLani Hammett (m. 1998), Rebecca Hammett (m. 1987–1990)
ChildrenAngel Ray Keala Hammett, Vincenzo Kainalu Hammett
ParentsTeofila "Chefela" Oyao, Dennis L. Hammett, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Dennis L. Hammett, Teofila "Chefela" Oyao, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven
SiblingsTracy Hammett, Rick Hammett, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Tracy Hammett, Rick Hammett, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven
NicknamesKirk Lee Hammett , Hammett, Kirk , Metallica , The Ripper , Kirk Hampster
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Metal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video, Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Kerrang! Award for Best Album, Kerrang! Award for Best International Band, Kerrang! Hall of Fame Award, American Music...
Music GroupsMetallica (Since 1983), Exodus (1980 – 1983), Nanowar, Devilhead
MoviesMetallica Through the Never, Metallica: Dark Souls, Metallica: Master of Puppets, Metallica: Reflections, Metallica: Phantom Puppets, Metallica Through the Never, Metallica: Dark Souls, Metallica: Master of Puppets, Metallica: Reflections, Metallica: Phantom Puppets
1ESP Kirk Hammett guitar
2Curly hair
3Heavy guitar solos
1I think it's morally wrong to keep someone away from what keeps him happy.
2There was a lot of anguish after Cliff died, and basically Jason was the punching bag. We vented so much on him, and it wasn't really fair. [on how Metallica coped with the transition from bassist Cliff Burton to Jason Newsted]
3We were very, very frightened. I had to sit down and take stock of my life and see if I had a life outside the band, because I was questioning if there was even a future for Metallica. That was a scary thought; when you've been in a band for as long as we have, you take for granted that it's always going to be there. [recalling the uncertainty of Metallica's future, after Jason Newsted left the band and James Hetfield entered rehab]
4A life lived unexplored is a life not worth living.
1When he plays the guitar wearing a bandage on the hand to avoid scratching.
2Lives in San Francisco, California.
3His father had Irish, English, Scottish, and German ancestry. His mother's family is Filipino.
4Son, Vincenzo Kainalu was born on June 28, 2008.
5Officially endorsed by ESP Guitars (a Japanese company). He has several signature ESP guitar models (mostly identified by "KH" letters) and he has worked with the company since the late 80s.
6Son Angel Ray Keala, born October 6, 2006.
7In November 6, 1998 he suffered from appendicitis when Metallica was on tour in England. He went to a London hospital, recovered, and couple of weeks later flew back to San Francisco.
8Replaced Dave Mustaine as permanent guitarist for Metallica in 1983.
9His musical influences are Led Zeppelin, UFO and Jimi Hendrix.
10Previous band before Metallica was the trash metal band Exodus.
11In a 1998 issue of Guitar Legends: The Top 100 Guitar solos, Kirk is credited with 3 songs: "One" (No. 7), "Fade To Black (No. 24), and "Master of Puppets" (No. 51).
12Known for his custom made guitars with horror film graphics
13Has one dog, Darla
14Collects horror film memorabilia
15Avid surfer
17Has his birth date and place tattooed on his stomach
18Took guitar lessons from Joe Satriani.


The Big Short2015writer: "Master of Puppets", "Eye of the Beholder"
Mike & Mike2013-2015TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Brows Held High2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metallica: Amped for IMAX2013Short writer: "Fixxxer", "Damage, Inc"
Metallica Through the Never2013writer: "...And Justice for All", "Fuel", "Enter Sandman" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Hammett / writer: "Creeping Death", "Master Of Puppets" - as Hetfield'/Urich/Burton/Hammett / writer: "Cyanide"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Late Show with David Letterman2010-2011TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory2011Documentary writer: "Welcome Home Sanitarium", "Fade to Black", "The Day That Never Comes"
Ruisrock - 40 vuotta rockia ja rakkautta2011TV Movie documentary writer: "Master of Puppets", "Enter Sandman"
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World2011Video documentary writer: "Enter Sandman"
Trauma2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Super Bowl XLIV2010TV Special writer: "Cyanide" - uncredited
Casino Jack and the United States of Money2010Documentary writer: "ENTER SANDMAN"
House M.D.2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
WWE Raw2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
California's Gold2009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video Game writer: "All Nightmare Long", "Broken Beat & Scarred", "Creeping Death", "Cyanide", "Disposable Heroes", "Dyers Eve", "Enter Sandman", "Fade To Black", "Frantic", "Fuel", "King Nothing", "Master of Puppets", "My Apocalypse", "The Memory Remains", "The Thing That Should Not Be", "The Unforgiven", "Welcome Home Sanitarium"
A Cross the Universe2008Video documentary writer: "Final" - as Hammet
Guitar Hero World Tour2008Video Game writer: "Trapped Under Ice"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock2007Video Game writer: "One"
Heavy Metal in Baghdad2007Documentary writer: "Fade to Black"
Rock Band2007Video Game "Enter Sandman"
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey2005Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets" - as Hammett
The Work of Director Anton Corbijn2005Video documentary writer: "Hero Of the Day"
The Devil and Daniel Johnston2005Documentary writer: "Master of Puppets"
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004Documentary writer: "Frantic", "Some Kind of Monster", "Dirty Window", "My World", "Shoot Me Again", "Enter Sandman", "Purify", "Master of Puppets", "The Unnamed Feeling", "Sweet Amber", "All Within My Hands", "Damage, Inc.", "St. Anger", "Invisible Kid" - as Hammett
Old School2003writer: "Master Of Puppets"
Biker Boyz2003writer: "We Did It Again"
The Forsaken2001writer: "Enter Sandman" - as Kirk L. Hammett
The Sopranos2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Metallica: Cunning Stunts1998Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "Hero of the Day", "King Nothing", "Fuel", "Until It Sleeps", "Fade to Black", "Master of Puppets", "Enter Sandman"
Your Friends & Neighbors1998writer: "Enter Sandman", "Welcome Home Sanitarium"
Spawn1997performer: "Satan"
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills1996Documentary writer: "Welcome Home Sanitarium", "Orion"
ECW Hardcore Heaven 19941994Video writer: "Enter Sandman" - uncredited
MTV Video Music Awards 19911991TV Special writer: "Enter Sandman"
Metallica: Enter Sandman1991Video short writer: "Enter Sandman"
Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentary writer: "Creeping Death", "Damage, Inc.", "Master of Puppets", "Fade To Black", "Welcome Home Sanitarium"


Billions2016TV SeriesMetallica
Tallica Parking Lot2013Short voice
Howard Stern on Demand2013TV Series
Metalocalypse2006-2010TV SeriesBarkeep / Queen of Denmark / Smoked Fingers fan
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Whole Lotta Shakin'2009Video
The Simpsons2006TV SeriesKirk Hammett
Metallica: Enter Sandman1991Video shortKirk Hammett (uncredited)


Metallica Through the Never2013executive producer
Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection2012Short executive producer


Metallica Through the Never2013screenplay by


Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory2011Documentary special thanks: Metallica


Metallica: Cliff 'Em All!1987Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk2017Documentary completedHimself
Smokestack Lightning: The Legendary Howlin' Wolf2016Documentary post-production
Pop Wrapped TV2015TV Series documentary
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Metallica Live at Blizzcon2014TV MovieHimself
Metallica: This Monster Lives2014Documentary shortHimself
Hit the Lights: The Making of Metallica Through the Never2014VideoHimself
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Performer (uncredited)
Le grand journal de Canal+2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Metallica: Amped for IMAX2013ShortHimself
Metallica Through the Never2013Himself
Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection2012ShortHimself - Host
Metallica: Quebec Magnetic2012VideoHimself
Music Nuggets2012TV SeriesHimself
Metal Evolution2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2013)
Rock in Rio2011TV SeriesHimself
That Metal Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World2011Video documentaryHimself
X-Play2010TV SeriesHimself
Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: The Big 4 - Live from Sofia, Bulgaria2010DocumentaryHimself
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage2010DocumentaryHimself
Metallica: Orgullo pasión y gloria. Tres noches en la ciudad de México.2009VideoHimself
Metallica - Français pour une nuit2009VideoHimself - guitar
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Message of Love2009VideoHimself
Metallica: In Their Own Words2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Guitar Hero: Metallica2009Video GameHimself
Lars Ulrich - En metalrod vender hjem2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Metallica: The Videos 1989-20042006VideoHimself
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal2006DocumentaryHimself
The Darwin Awards2006Himself
The Work of Director Anton Corbijn2005Video documentaryHimself (segments "Hero of the Day" and "Mama Said") (as Metallica)
When Metallica Ruled the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2005TV SeriesHimself
Rage2004TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster2004DocumentaryHimself
MTV Backstage Pass: Summer Sanitarium Tailgate Party2003TV ShortHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Metallica)
Slayer: War at the Warfield2003Video documentaryHimself (In Special Feature) (DVD)
Boogie2003TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: Dark Souls2003Video documentaryHimself
Metallica: St. Anger Rehearsals2003Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Headbangers Ball2003TV SeriesHimself
MTV Icon: Metallica2003TV Special documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
End of the Century2003DocumentaryHimself, Metallica
Classic Albums: Metallica - The Black Album2001Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 20002000TV SpecialHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Member, Metallica
S&M Documentary2000Video shortHimself (uncredited)
FanClub2000TV SeriesHimself
Making the Video2000TV Series documentaryHimself
MADtv2000TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: S&M2000TV Special documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 19991999TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Metallica)
Woodstock '991999TV SpecialHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Hero of the Day1998VideoHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Cunning Stunts1998Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Live Covers1998TV MovieHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica TV1998TV SpecialHimself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Metallica: Reload/Rehearse/Request1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Guitarist
The 24th Annual American Music Awards1997TV SpecialHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
In a Metal Mood1996DocumentaryHimself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1996TV SeriesHimself
Woodstock '941995Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Headbangers Ball1995TV SeriesHimself
Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, San Diego1993Video documentaryHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)
Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge, Seattle1993VideoHimself
For Those About to Rock: Monsters in Moscow1992DocumentaryHimself (as Metallica)
MTV Video Music Awards 19921992TV SpecialHimself - Metallica Guitarist
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica1992Video documentaryHimself - Guitarist
Metallica: Live Tushino Airfield, Moscow 28 Sept 1991 - Monsters of Rock Festival1991VideoHimself (as Metallica)
Metallica: 2 of One1989VideoHimself (Guitarist) (as Metallica)

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Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentaryJames Hetfield
SNL: 25 Years of Music1999TV MovieHimself (as Metallica)

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