David Ellefson Net Worth

Whether it’s books, articles, blogs, movie scripts or pieces in magazines, these authors sure earn a lot. Famous for their work and impact to various communities and demographics globally, authors are usually very respected and have huge followings. David Ellefson, the American Songwriter, musician, accomplished bassist, leader of the band is no exception from this rule. This person was born in unknown on the November 12, 1964. As a kid and throughout his teenage years, attending Concordia Seminary helped develop a love for creating content and writing pieces. David Ellefson has a family of unknown unknown Athena Grace Ellefson, Roman Alexander Ellefson. Standing at 5′ 9″ (1.75 m) tall, David Ellefson has a huge fanbase throughout every continent. So, do you want to know how much this person is worth? Well, the total estimated net worth of David Ellefson is said to be $15 Million.

Read more about David Ellefson Biography

To begin with, Ellefson began his career as a musician at the age of 11. After an initial training which included only keyboard and saxophone, the boy began playing the bass because of the explosion of heavy rock. Then he picked up the rhythm guitar; he was subsequently the leader of several groups in the music scene of the American mid-west.

After playing in several small groups, he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18. There he met Dave Mustaine, and persuaded him to listen to the demos he recorded with Metallica (a band he just left), Ellefson decided to set up a band with him. This is how Megadeth created their first album “Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!” in 1985, which was a worldwide success during the 1990s. Over the years and changes within the group, Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson became the true backbone of the group. But in 2002, Dave Mustaine announced the end of Megadeth, which created a conflict between the two men. When the group eventually reformed in 2004, David became the leader. Among other things, he worked with the former Megadeth drummer Jimmy DeGrasso in the band F5.

At the beginning of 2010, he and the former Manowar drummer Rhino released the CD “Kingdom of Evil”, through their newly founded melodic metal band Angels of Babylon. In January 2014, an EP called “Altitudes & Attitude” – the name of the band – which Ellefson recorded together with Frank Bello, supplemented by Jeff Friedl (The Beta Machine), came out. In 2014, a debut album was released, called “Booze & Cigarettes”. Overall, all the aforementioned engagements have added sums to the total size of David Ellefson.

Concerning his technique and equipment, Ellefson played with his fingers. However, as Megadeth’s music became more complex and faster, Ellefson preferred to play with a pick. Currently, his bass arsenal consists of a pair of 4-string and 5-string American Deluxe P-Bass respectively, an Epiphone 5-string acoustic bass and 4-string Ovation acoustic bass. On his return to Megadeth, Ellefson began to use bass back Jackson as he did for much of his career with the band. David has used Hartke, Ampeg and Peavey amplifiers during his career.

Finally, in the personal life of Ellefson, he married Julie Foley in 1993.

Structural info

  • Full Name: David Ellefson
  • Net Worth: $15 Million
  • Date Of Birth: November 12, 1964
  • Place Of Birth: Jackson, Minnesota, United States
  • Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
  • Profession: Songwriter, musician, accomplished bassist, leader of the band
  • Education: Concordia Seminary
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Julie Foley (m. 1993)
  • Children: Athena Grace Ellefson, Roman Alexander Ellefson
  • Nicknames: Ellefson, David , Dave Ellefson , David Warren Ellefson , Junior
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/davidellefson
  • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ellefsondavid
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidellefsonbass/
  • IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm0253970
  • Allmusic: www.allmusic.com/artist/david-ellefson-mn0000641643
  • Record Labels: EMP Label Group
  • Albums: “Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!” (1985), “Kingdom of Evil” (CD, 2010), “Altitudes & Attitude” (2014, EP), “Cryptic Writings” (1997), “Risk” (1999), “The World Needs a Hero” (2001), “Thirteen” (2011), “Super Collider” (2013), “Dystopia” (2016)
  • Music Groups: Megadeth (1983-2002, 2010-present), Soulfly, Avian, Temple of Brutality, F5, Killing Machine, Ministry, Hail!, Altitudes & Attitude, Metal Allegiance
  • Movies: Metal Bass: Level 1 (2006), Metal Bass: Level 2(educational film, 2006), Sepultura Endurance (documentary, 2017), “Booze & Cigarettes” (2014)


  • Daughter, Athena Grace was born on October 23rd, 1998.
  • Son, Roman Alexander was born on February 6th, 1996.
  • Has 2 children, Roman and Athena.
  • Appeared on all Megadeth recordings up to 2002.
  • Bassist of Megadeth from 1982 to 2002 and 2010 to present.


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Metalhead to Head 2014 TV Series
Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction – Live 2013 Video Bass, backing vocals
Northern Light Orchestra: The Spirit of Christmas 2009 Video
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Brütal Legend 2009 Video Game writer: “High Speed Dirt”, “Tornado of Souls”
Super Mario Bros. 1993 writer: “BREAKPOINT”
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years 1988 Documentary writer: “In My Darkest Hour”
Casting Department
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Northern Light Orchestra: The Spirit of Christmas 2009 Video casting assistant – uncredited
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Northern Light Orchestra 2009 Documentary associate producer
Set Decorator
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Northern Light Orchestra: The Spirit of Christmas 2009 Video
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Lemmy 2010 Documentary thanks
Northern Light Orchestra 2009 Documentary very special thanks
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Dude! Where’s My Music? Documentary post-production Himself
Inside Metal: The L.A. Metal Scene Explodes! 2016 Documentary Himself (as David Ellefson)
No More Mr. Nice Guy: The Music of Shocker 2015 Video short Himself
Shiprocked 2015 Himself
Inside Metal: The Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal 2014 Documentary
That Metal Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Welcome to the Dream 2013 Documentary Himself
Battlefield of the Mind 2012 Documentary voice
Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: The Big 4 – Live from Sofia, Bulgaria 2010 Documentary Himself
Lemmy 2010 Documentary Himself (as David Ellefson)
Northern Light Orchestra 2009 Documentary Bass Player Music Director
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal 2006 Documentary Himself
Rude Awakening 2002 Video documentary Himself / bassist
Behind the Music 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
English Composition: Writing for an Audience 2001 TV Series Himself – Musician and Author
WCW Monday Nitro 1999 TV Series Himself
Woodstock ’99 1999 TV Special Himself
Evolver: Making of Youthanasia 1994 Documentary Himself
Megadeth: Exposure of a Dream 1992 Video short Himself (Bass, Backing Vocals) (as David Ellefson)
Hangin’ w/MTV 1992 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1992 TV Series Himself
Rusted Pieces 1991 Video Himself
Hard ‘N Heavy Volume 10 1991 Video documentary Himself – Megadeth
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years 1988 Documentary Himself (Megadeth bassist)
Night Network 1988 TV Series Himself