Kirk Hammett
Kirk Hammett
Real Name/Full Name Kirk Lee Hammett
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: The Ripper, Kirk Hamster, Kirk Hammett
Birth Place: San Francisco, California , U.S
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 18 November 1962
Age/How Old: 61 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 172 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
Weight: In Kilograms – 72 Kg
In Pounds – 158 lbs
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Grey, Black
Parents Name: Father – Dennis L. Hammett
Mother – Teofila Chefela Oyao
Siblings: 2
School: De Anza High School
College: San Francisco State University
Religion: Christian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Lani Hammett (m. 1998), Rebecca Hammett (m. 1987–1990)
Kids/Children Name: Angel Ray Keala Hammett, Vincenzo Kainalu Hammett
Profession: Guitarist, Song Writer
Net Worth: $220 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Kirk Hammett, the American Lead guitarist of Heavy Metal Band Metallica, was once named 11th guitarist in 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He is obsessed with horror movies and comics. In 2014, he started his own horror festival. In 2012, he published his first book named ‘Too mUch Horror Business’, which was a huge success.

Well, how well do you know about Kirk Hammett? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Kirk Hammett’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Kirk Hammett to date.

Biography and Early Life

The birthplace of Kirk Hammett is San Francisco, California. His family relocated to El Sobrante, California, where he grew up. His father’s name is Dennis L. Hammett, who was a mariner by profession. His mother, Teofila Chefela Oyao, was a Philipino descendant. From his early age, Kirk started to have an obsession with horror comics and films. He began to save his tiffin money to buy horror comic books.

After listening to his brother’s music collection, he started to grow interested in music. At the age of 15, he bought his first guitar at the age of 15. In an interview, he revealed that at one point, he started to sell his horror comic books to buy music albums and guitar amplifiers. He also took a job at Mcdonald’s to afford an amplifier. Finally, in 1974, he was able to afford a Gibson Flying V.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Kirk Hammett in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Kirk Hammett’s age is 54 years old as of today’s date 24th June 2024 having been born on 18 November 1962. Though, he is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 172 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 158 lbs in Pound and 72 kg in Kilograms.


Hammett started his schooling by attending De Anza High School, Richmond, California, where he met and became Leslie Claypool, who later founded the famous band, Primus. After finishing high school, unlike most of the celebrities, Kirk went for higher studies, and to pursue his high research; he started attending San Francisco State University. He got his college graduation degree from there.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Kirk Hammett With Wife Lani Hammett
Kirk Hammett With Wife Lani Hammett

Rebecca Hammett was Kirk’s first wife. The duo got married in 1987 after dating for six years. They started to date each other back in 1982. Three years after their marriage, they separated in 1990. From 1992-1995, Kirk was in a relationship with Sarah. IN 1995, they broke up. Next year he started dating Julie. But the relationship doesn’t last for more than a year.

In 1997, he met his now-wife, Lani Hemmett, and they started dating. One year after being in a relationship, they decided to get married. In 1998 the couple got married, and to date, they are going strong. The couple welcomed their first son Angel Hammett in 2006. They had their second son two years later, in the year 2008.

Is Kirk Hammett Gay?

Kirk has been married twice till now. With his last wife, he has been married for the previous two years. He also has two sons with her. He also has dated few other women. He was never heard of getting linked to any men ever. These facts prove him to be straight. It is safe to assume that his sexual orientation is straight, and has no interest in men.

Professional Career

From 1979-1983, Kirk was the lead guitarist in the band ‘Exodus,’ which he formed in 1979. Bay Area Thrash Metal Genre influenced his first band.

In 1983, Famous Metal rock band Metallica came to the East Coast to record their album. But after their former guitarist got fired due to heavy drug addiction, Kirk was called to give an audition. After his first audition, he was instantly selected in the band to record their first album ‘Metal Up Your Ass.’

From their second album ‘Ride The Lightning,’ Kirk started to contribute to writing songs. He also used a few songs riff, which he created during his time in Exodus. During their tour in Sweden, he experienced a near-death experience along with his bandmates when their tour bus met with an accident. While working in the band, he also studied Asian and Film Arts.

The names of their famous albums are ‘Death Angel,’ ‘Hedbanged,’ ‘Blood In, Blood Out.’ He also appeared in other Punk bands like Septic Death.


For his contribution to the band Metallica and his other bandmates, Kirk was nominated for 168 awards to date. With his band, he won 103 prestigious awards. He has been nominated for Grammy Award 17 times and has won 9 times. Besides that, he also has ‘Emma Gala,’ ‘ESPN Music Award,’ ‘Echo Music Award,’ ‘Classic Rock Awards,’ ‘California Music Awards,’ ‘Billboard Touring Awards,’ ‘Bandit Rock Awards,’ etc.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Kirk Hammett in 2024

Kirk Hammett Net Worth
Kirk Hammett Net Worth

As of 2024, Kirk has an estimated net worth of $220 million, which he has earned through his very successful music career. His band is one of the best heavy metal music bands. Besides that, he also owns few lavish residences in San Francisco. He also earns through trust. But mainly, he makes a considerable sum of money through the royalty of his music.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He started his own horror show festival named Kirk Von Hammett’s FearFestival.
  • He publicly spoke against Former President Donald Trump.
  • He has more than 2 million followers on Instagram.

Kirk Hammett is an inspiration to any guitarist, who wants to reach his level of excellency. His work, dedication, and hard work made him one of the world’s most successful guitarists. He has earned a huge fan following through his work in social media platforms.


  1. Kirk did not speak publicly against Donald Trump. There is a video and tweet about it but Kirk was being sarcastic. Kirk is a conservative.


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