Lars Ulrich is a popular Danish drummer of one of the most popular heavy metal band of America named Metallica. Even though his father and grandfather were a tennis player, he started playing the drums after moving to Los Angeles. He is considered to be the co-founder of the band Metallic with vocalist cum guitarist James Hetfield. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Lars Ulrich in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Lars was born on 26th December 1963 in Gentofte Municipality in Denmark. He belongs to the upper middle class, and his father was a professional tennis player for high reputation. Lars developed a liking for music when his father took him to a tennis music concert. He had an initial liking for rock n roll, but later, he moved to heavy metal. At the age of 12, he received a set of drum kit from his grandmother. However, he initially followed his father’s footstep and started training for tennis. It was when he failed to make it to the tennis team in his high school; he shifted his focus to music.
Lars has been three times in his life. He first married Debbie Jones in 1988 who was a British woman he came across during a tour. Two years later, they divorced because Lars had no time for her. He then married Skylar Satenstein in 1997 who was a physician. They had two sons, and they got divorced in 2004. That is due to Lars dating Danish actress Connie Nielsen, and they had one child. He is currently married to Jessica Miller who is an American fashion model.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Lars formed heavy metal band Metallica with James Hetfield, and the brand name was brainstormed by a friend. Lars is considered as the pioneer of fast thrash drum beats. From the very beginning, he caught the attention of the crowd and musician with songs like “Metal Militia”, “Fight Fire with Fire”, “Battery”, and “Damage”. In 1998, he owned a record label company named the Music Company. However, it failed, and he shut it down in 2002. In 2011, he debuted as an actor in HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn. He was part of documentary film Mission to Lars.
In 1983, Kill ‘Em All was the debut album and the next year, Ride the Lightning album came out and both these set Metallica in the world map. Then Master Puppets and Justice for All came out, but it was the album “Metallica” that was the bestselling and made the album popular. But that is when the popularity of the Metallica also started to fail as the sales of the albums went down massively. The album Hardwired in 2016, it had the lowest sale.
Lars was inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 along with the other members of Metallica. He was the first Danish to receive the honor. He was also inducted into the same with Deep Purpose music band when he gave the induction speech. He was also awarded the Knight’s Cross in 2017.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from a drummer of world popular heavy metal band? Well, he has a net worth of over $320 million. The source of income has been the album sales. Apart from that, it is the world tours and live performances that helped him to get the mammoth sum of wealth. His record label company failed, and he suffered financially.
Lars is a legend in the music industry, and he has done various charity works. He is more into investments and world tours. He is a big fan of jazz music and Oasis as well as a fan of the football team Chelsea. He is also a passionate fire artist and sold many of his paintings for millions.