Kirk Hammett is an American songwriter and the lead guitarist in the internationally-known heavy metal band Metallica. Born in San Francisco on November 18, 1962, he has a net worth of $70 million. Kirk's love of music led him to form a band in 1980, which he named Exodus, (when he was only 18 years old) prior to his involvement with Metallica. Kirk stayed in Exodus for three years, from 1980 to 1983. Known for using many different guitars, Kirk Hammett excels on all of them. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him Number 11 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. His work on song "Enter Sandman," has been ranked Number 399 on the Rolling Stone magazine list of The Greatest Songs of All Time. Kirk Hammett and Metallica remain busy and in demand today. Kirk continues to write songs, record and tour regularly.