James Hetfield Highest-Paid Guitarist in the World

James Hetfield
James Hetfield led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid guitarists” released on Friday.

It's been a rough year for the guitarist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 57-year-old James Hetfield has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid guitarists for 2021 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 10/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

James Hetfield tops annual list of highest-paid guitarists

In 2018 it looked like the guitarist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (April 9) that Hetfield is the highest-paid guitarist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between March 2020 and March 2021, a nearly $30 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The American guitarist-singer-songwriter has an estimated net worth of $185 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Hetfield Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Downey Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderhetfield - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from James) and a fashion line called “James Hetfield Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many James fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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