Dave Mustaine Net Worth

Dave Mustaine is a legend. Not only a rock star but a true legend. Rock music has arguably the most devoted and involved fan bases out of every genre imaginable. This musician has written many songs about love, life, struggle and everything else that people laugh, nod their head or cry to. Dave Mustaine is a Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Actor, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Author, Guitarist, Talent manager from United States of America. Receiving domestic and worldwide recognition, Dave Mustaine can still be labelled a family person due to close relationships with Emily Mustaine, John Mustaine, Symphony of Destruction, Holy Wars… The Punishment Due, À Tout le Monde, Electra Nicole Mustaine, Justis David Mustaine unknown unknown. Of course it is hard to divide time between family matters and being an awesome rock star, but Dave Mustaine manages to do that. But what about money? Does being a rock star pays off? Sure thing, because Dave Mustaine has a net worth of $20 Million.

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Dave Mustaine started performing for Panic, but he became famous as the lead guitarist for Metallica, although he was part of the band for less than two years, so he never actually contributed to any of the band’s albums. After he was fired in 1983 because of his alcohol and drugs problems, Mustaine founded Fallen Angels, but this band lasted less than a year. In 1984, the guitarist became the lead singer for Megadeth, the band for which he is still performing today. The band has launched more than 20 albums, live albums and compilations, including “Countdown to Extinction” (1992), “Risk” (1999), “Rust in Peace” (1990), and “Icon” (2014) and received several Platinum and Gold certifications, not only in the USA, but also in Australia, the UK, Finland and Germany. Dave Mustaine has also made appearances in several television shows and documentaries, such as “Black Scorpion”, “The Drew Carey Show”, “Hell’s Kitchen”, “Duck Dodgers”, and “The Hour”.

Dave Mustaine makes money from touring, album sales and royalties. His band is the founder of a travelling heavy metal music festival, called Gigantour, registered and released also on DVD, for which Mustaine was an executive producer in 2009. The guitarist has his own line of guitars, made at the beginning with the Jackson Company and later with ESP Guitars. He is also the author and performer of several soundtracks, especially for television shows and series.

Besides music, Dave Mustaine completes his income from selling wine. The rock star owns a house and a vineyard near Fallbrook, in San Diego County, where he produces Cabernet Sauvignon. The first wine made at Mustaine Vineyards was launched in 2012 under the name “Symphony Interrupted”. Dave Mustaine is also co-owner of Cooperstown, a bar/restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona.

Besides music, Mustaine is fan of the martial arts, with black belts in Ukidokan Karate and Taekwondo. He also is driving race cars and participated to the Watkins Glen International raceway in New York, in 2015. In 2010 he published also a book, called “Mustaine: a heavy metal memoir”, which adds more money to the rock star`s net worth.

In 1992, Dave Mustaine was a reporter for MTV at the Democratic National Convention, but then in 2012, he supported the Republican candidate Rick Santorum. Over the years he has made numerous statements about the USA`s internal and foreign politics, many of them controversial.

In 1991, Dave Mustaine married Pamela Anne Casselberry; the couple has a son and a daughter.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Dave Mustaine
  • Net Worth: $20 Million
  • Date Of Birth: September 13, 1961
  • Place Of Birth: La Mesa, California, United States
  • Height: 6 ft (1.83 m)
  • Profession: Singer, Musician, Songwriter, Actor, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Author, Guitarist, Talent manager
  • Nationality: United States of America
  • Spouse: Pamela Anne Casselberry (m. 1991)
  • Children: Electra Nicole Mustaine, Justis David Mustaine
  • Parents: Emily Mustaine, John Mustaine, Symphony of Destruction, Holy Wars… The Punishment Due, À Tout le Monde
  • Nicknames: David Scott Mustaine , Megadave , dave_mustaine , Dangerous Dave , Mustaine , David Mustaine , Mustaine Dave
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/davemustaine
  • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/davemustaine
  • Google+: http://plus.google.com/112832745267678653771
  • Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/davemustaine
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0615962
  • Awards: Kerrang! Classic Songwriter Award
  • Music Groups: Megadeth (Since 1983), Metallica (1981 – 1983), MD.45 (1996)
  • Movies: Megadeth: Video Hits, Get Thrashed


  • James Hatfield has developed an image of machismo and bravado over the years, but I’ve known him a long time. I know who he is inside. James and I were destined for greatness. Just not together.
  • My favorite guitar solo? Probably the one on Time by Pink Floyd. I’ll tell you, Dave Gilmour can do more with one note than most other guitarists can do with the entire fret board.
  • Well, I liked Marty when I first met him, because he was a gentle guy and was really dedicated to his craft. But I was kind of put off by his appearance. Our manager had his CD [Marty Friedman’s 1988 solo album, Dragon’s Kiss] on his desk for months, and I would look at it and just be like, “No way. But one day, I put in the CD and was just like, “Wow! This guy wants to play with us? Let’s bring him in. And Marty showed up, and he was pretty funny looking – he had the two-color hair and all that stuff. He was living hand-to-mouth in Hollywood, you know? But he was great. [explaining his initial impression of Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman]
  • I could have sounded just like Metallica if I wanted to, and I didn’t. Megadeth doesn’t sound anything like Metallica. It really doesn’t.
  • It’s like you pull up to a stop light, you know, and you have your own car and so do they. They’re both Mercedes, but yours says ‘smaller number.’ I mean it’s like, you know, there’s still that penis envy. [on the rivalry between Megadeth and his former band Metallica]
  • I’ll tell you what I won’t sing any more: ‘Anarchy In The UK’. That says: ‘I am an antichrist’ – and I’m not. [from a 2004 interview with Classic Rock magazine]
  • I hated them. I was so mad at them I figured, ‘I need to regroup and I need to start over again, because now I’m going to get revenge.’ Part of the whole reason why I formed Megadeth was to get back at them. [describing his feelings toward Metallica, after his dismissal from the band]
  • The success didn’t matter. Countdown to Extinction was double platinum. That didn’t matter. I had the house, I had the wife, I had the kid, I had everything. But I had nothing because I was still comparing myself to my previous band. [on having Megadeth’s fifth album, Countdown to Extinction, being outsold by Metallica’s self-titled fifth album]
  • “Last album, Lars Ulrich from Metallica said something to me through the press. He said he thinks I am talented but that I should take more risks, which I took as good advice. As this new record evolved, it became more and more appropriate to call it Risk. And after all, the band is called Megadeth – we aren’t afraid to take chances.” (1999)
  • “There’s two kinds of drunks: There’s happy drunks, and there’s violent drunks. And I would get violent.” (on being intoxicated while he was a member of Metallica)
  • “There are two ways you can hear this next song, there’s our way and then there’s their way, for those of you who think that this is their way, this song is called Mechanix”.
  • I didn’t like the way I was let go from Metallica. There was no civility in the way it happened. They just said, ‘You’re out’ and I said, ‘What, no warning, no second chance?’
  • Megadeth is a legend, and I’m not gonna cheapen it like some of these bands that keep going long after they should.


  • Considers Dave Gilmour’s guitar solo in ‘Time’ by Pink Floyd as his favorite.
  • The new album “United Abominations” from Megadeth is now released. ‘Christina Scabbia’ from Lacuna Coil is guest vocalist on the song “A Tout Le Monde”. [May 2007]
  • Preparing press tours to promote re-issues and remixes of past Megadeth albums on the Capitol Label (27th July in USA) and for upcoming new Megadeth album “The System Has Failed” in September. [June 2004]
  • Headlining the metal festival “Gigantour”. But still has dates to complete on Megadeth’s “Blackmail the Universe Tour”. [August 2005]
  • Is currently on “Tour of Duty” [October 2007]
  • Was notorious for his feuds with members of Metallica and Slayer, but by 2010 these feuds subsided.
  • Godson of Alice Cooper.
  • Lives in Fallbrook and Oceanside, California.
  • The song “Liar” from Megadeth’s “So Far So Good So What” (1988) album was written by Mustaine about Chris Poland, the guitarist he had recently been forced to fire from the band.
  • The only member of Megadeth to appear on every one of the band’s recordings.
  • Recovered from arm injury and recorded “The System Has Failed” as a solo project but, due to contractual issues, released it under the name of Megadeth (September 2004).
  • The Megadeth song “Something I’m Not” (from the 2004 album “The System Has Failed”) is about Lars Ulrich’s “betrayal” of Dave.
  • Wrote the Megadeth song “In My Darkest Hour” in reaction to hearing the news about the death of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.
  • In 2002, he suffered a nerve injury to his left arm, which he said resulted from falling asleep with that arm over the back of a chair. He disbanded Megadeth that year, only to reform it in 2004 after extensive physical therapy for the injury.
  • In 1992 covered the Democratic National Convention for MTV News
  • Has a son, Justis David, and a daughter, Electra Nicole
  • Former lead guitarist of Metallica. His drinking habits led to his 1983 dismissal from the band, a move Mustaine referred to as having “no warning, no second chance”.
  • Founder, guitarist and lead singer of Megadeth.


  • Red curly hair.
  • Gruff singing and speaking voice.
  • Upper lip curl.
  • Jackson King V Signature model Guitar


Title Year Status Character
X-Men: Apocalypse 2016 writer: “Four Horsemen”
Hellion 2014 writer: “Metal Militia”
Metallica Through the Never 2013 writer: “Ride the Lightning” – as Hetfield’/Urich/Burton/Mustaine
Metalhead 2013 writer: “Symphony of Destruction”
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Nhl 11 2010 Video Game writer: “Dialectic Chaos”
Brütal Legend 2009 Video Game writer: “High Speed Dirt”, “Tornado of Souls”
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs 2008 TV Movie writer: “Peace Sells”
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series 2007 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Gears of War 2006 Video Game writer: “Gears Of War”
Guitar Hero II 2006 Video Game “HANGAR 18”
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 2005 Video Game writer: “Symphony Of Destruction”
Guitar Hero 2005 Video Game writer: “Symphony of Destruction”
Hinter Gittern – Der Frauenknast 2004 TV Series writer – 1 episode
True Crime: Streets of LA 2003 Video Game writer: “Peace Sells”, “Symphony of Destruction”
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game writer: “Peace Sells” – as Mustaine
Black Scorpion 2001 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Killer 2000 Short writer: “Looking Down the Cross”
WCW Monday Nitro 1999 TV Series writer – 19 episodes
Universal Soldier: The Return 1999 writer: “Crush ‘Em”
Metallica: Cunning Stunts 1998 Video documentary writer: “Ride the Lightning”, “The Four Horsemen”
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation 1997 writer: “Almost Honest Danny Saber Mix”
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills 1996 Documentary writer: “The Call of Ktulu”
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight 1995 producer: “DIADEMS” / writer: “DIADEMS”
Last Action Hero 1993 writer: “Angry Again”
Super Mario Bros. 1993 writer: “BREAKPOINT”
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey 1991 producer: “GO TO HELL” / writer: “GO TO HELL”
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years 1988 Documentary producer: “In My Darkest Hour” / writer: “In My Darkest Hour”
Metallica: Cliff ‘Em All! 1987 Video documentary writer: “The Four Horsemen”
Title Year Status Character
Homeless Ashes 2017 pre-production Fritz
Metalhead to Head 2014 TV Series
Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction – Live 2013 Video Lead vocals, guitar
Megadeth Wearhouse 2013 Short
Megadeth: Rust in Peace Live 2010 Video
Black Scorpion 2001 TV Series Torchy Thompson
The Drew Carey Show 1998 TV Series Dave Mustaine
Music Department
Title Year Status Character
America: Imagine the World Without Her 2014 Documentary musician – The Star Spangled Banner
Land of the Lost 2009 musician: additional guitar
Gigantour 2 2008 Video music supervisor
Megadeth: That One Night – Live in Buenos Aires 2007 Video documentary music supervisor
Gigantour 2006 Video music supervisor
Title Year Status Character
Gigantour 2 2008 Video executive producer
Title Year Status Character
The Smoky Mountain Wildfires Telethon 2016 TV Movie Himself
Hell’s Kitchen 2015 TV Series Himself – Restaurant Patron
Rock Icons 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Classic Rock Roll of Honour: Presented by Orange Amplification 2014 TV Movie Himself
Slash: Raised on the Sunset Strip 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
That Metal Show 2010-2013 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
Supa Pirate Booty Hunt 2012 TV Series short Himself
The Hour 2012 TV Series Himself
Metal Evolution 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax: The Big 4 – Live from Sofia, Bulgaria 2010 Documentary Himself
Golden Gods Awards 2010 TV Special
Megadeth Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego 2009 TV Special Himself – Vocals, Guitar
Golden Gods Awards 2009 TV Special
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs 2008 TV Movie Himself
Spread TV 2008 TV Series Himself
Gigantour 2 2008 Video
Rock Band Cometh: The Rock Band Band Story 2007 TV Movie Himself
Talking Metal 2007 TV Series Himself
Megadeth: That One Night – Live in Buenos Aires 2007 Video documentary Himself – Lead Guitar & Singer
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal 2006 Documentary Himself
Gigantour 2006 Video Himself
Duck Dodgers 2005 TV Series Himself
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 2004 Documentary Himself
I Love the ’80s 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Rude Awakening 2002 Video documentary Himself / singer
Behind the Music 1998-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Classic Albums: Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast 2001 Video documentary Himself – Megadeth
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2001 TV Series Himself
100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – Member, Megadeth
Top Ten 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Woodstock ’99 1999 TV Special Himself
Howard Stern 1998 TV Series Himself
Evolver: Making of Youthanasia 1994 Documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994 TV Series Himself
24 Hours in Rock and Roll 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Last Party 1993 Documentary Himself – Megadeth
Megadeth: Exposure of a Dream 1992 Video short Himself (Guitar, Vocals)
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
Hard ‘N Heavy Volume 7 1990 Video documentary Himself
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years 1988 Documentary Himself (Megadeth guitarist / vocalist)
Night Network 1988 TV Series Himself
Metallica: Cliff ‘Em All! 1987 Video documentary Himself