In the olden days, the playing of a guitar was not so much embraced, and people could not identify themselves with such a career. Things have changed, and guitarists are making their livelihood out of the same. Such a person is Kirk Hammett who is an American musician. Kirk is popularly known for being a guitarist in the heavy metal band. Now let us have a close look about the net worth of Kirk Hammett in 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Kirk was born on 18th November 1962 in San Francisco, California. His father was Dennis L. Hammet who was a marine merchant, and his mother was Teofila Hammett. His siblings include his brother Rick and a sister. He was raised up in the town of El Sobrante California.
For his school life, Kirk joined De Anza high school situated in Richmond California. Kirk developed a passion for horror movies but later showed interest in music after listening to his brother’s extensive record collection. At the age of fifteen, he started playing the guitar.
Kirk customized his sound with various guitar parts, and in 1974 he bought an electric guitar. Later Kirk was employed at Burger King where he worked hard and saved to purchase an amplifier. After his goal was realized and was able to buy an amp, he quit the employment.
Kirk is known to have several relationships in his lifetime. He married his first wife Rebecca in 1987, but unfortunately, their marriage did not materialize. In 1990 they ended their relationship when Kirk was doing a recording of the black album.
Later in 1998, he married his second wife known as Lani. The duo has two male children. The firstborn Angel was born on 29th September 2006 and the second born Vincenzo was born on 28th June 2008. The family lives in the hometown of San Francisco.
Career, Awards, & Nominations:
Kirk started his music career by working at burger king but later quit the job. In 1979 he founded the band known as Exodus which he remained a member until 1983. He joined in the formation of the group called Metallica in 1983, and they released their album titled ‘Kill Em All’ the same year. In 1984 they released another album titled ‘Ride the Lighting.’ Kirk is a publisher, and he published a book in 2012 titled ‘Too Much Horror Business.’ This band the platform on which Kirk Hammett built his career on.
While Kirk was working with Metallica, they received several awards as a band like; five Kerrang awards, two Billboard awards and won the Echo music price 2017. They also received seventeen nominations in Grammy awards and out of them received eight awards.
Net Worth & Earnings:
Kirk has accumulated a tremendous amount of wealth in his career as a guitarist. Through him joining Metallica band, and release of many albums created an avenue for him to build wealth. He has also earned from the awards and nominations he has received and from the sale of the book he has published. As of now, Kirk’s net worth is estimated to be $225 million.
Kirk, despite taking a career as a guitarist he is also talented in the same. As the saying goes talents create a way for someone, Kirk’s expertise as a guitarist has paved the way for him. He is ranked as number fifteen out of one hundred greatest metal guitarist according to McIver.
Since Kirk joined Metallica band in 1983, he has worked to perfect the band’s performance since then, and he has accomplished.