James Kottak Net Worth

Back in the 1970’s everyone wanted to live like a Rockstar. Nowadays everyone still wants to live like one because Rock stars embody everything that is great with being popular. Crowds of devoted fans, non-stop partying and awesome music. James Kottak could not ask for more. Born on the unknown in the place called Louisville, Kentucky, United States. This American bred Drummer, Songwriter, Musician has a lot of talents and gifts. The biggest one of all is creating rock music that millions worldwide love. The music of James Kottak has been featured in movies, TV shows, commercials and is played on the internet non-stop. Who would have thought that a kid from unknown could one day be one of the biggest rock stars in the world? Well it turned out to be true and right now James Kottak has a net worth of $3 Million. It is good when you are a rock star.

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Speaking about James Kottak’s early life and education, there is no information about it in the media.

James’ professional musical career began in the mid-1980s, when he started playing drums in such bands as the McAuley Schenker Group, Buster Brown, Kingdom Come and Montrose among many others. With Kingdom Come, he performed on its debut self-titled studio album, second studio album entitled “In Your Face”, and they released the hit single “Get It On”, which marked the beginning of an increase to his net worth, and his popularity.

His breakthrough year was 1996, when he joined the German hard rock band Scorpions, which was formed in 1965. The first studio album on which he performed out came in 1999 entitled “Eye II Eye”, which peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. At that time, they released a single in their native language for the first time in their career – “Du Bist So Schmutzig”, which also added a considerable amount to his net worth. In the following year, he performed on their next studio album “Moment Of Glory”, reaching No. 3 on the German Albums Chart and increasing further his fortune.

The new millennium didn’t change too much for James, as he continued successfully with his musical career, contributing on the band’s album “Acoustica” (2001), which achieved platinum status. Three years later he was featured on the studio album entitled “Unbreakable”, and by the end of the decade he had also performed on “Humanity – Hour 1” (2007) and “Sting In The Tail” (2010), all of which increased his net worth by a large margin. In 2011, James performed on the album “Comeblack”, and most recently on the 2015 album “Return To Forever”, after which he left the band.

Parallel with his career as a part of Scorpions, James also established his own punk rock band called KrunK in 1996. The band’s debut studio album entitled “Greatest Hits” was released two years later, after which they went on hiatus. In 2006, the name of the band was changed to Kottak and they released the album “Therupy”. To speak further about his career with his own band, James also released the album “Rock & Roll Forever” (2010), and “Attack” in the following year, contributing more to his net worth.

When it comes to his personal life, James Kottak was married to Athena Lee (1996-2010), who is the younger sister of Tommy Lee. They had three children together. His current residence is in Los Angeles, California.

Structural info

  • Full Name: James Kottak
  • Net Worth: $3 Million
  • Date Of Birth: December 26, 1962
  • Place Of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
  • Profession: Drummer, Songwriter, Musician
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Athena Lee (m. 1996–2010)
  • Children: Tobi Kottak, Matthew Kottak, Miles Kottak
  • Nicknames: Kottak, James
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/James-Kottak-389366341074
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/jkottak
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1368579/
  • Allmusic: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/james-kottak-mn0000124133
  • Record Labels: Bertelsmann Music Group, BMG Rights Management
  • Music Groups: Scorpions (Since 1996)


  • Wife Athena is Tommy Lee’s sister. They play together in rock band Krunk.
  • Band member of Scorpions.


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Exit Door IV 2012 Documentary short grateful thanks
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Forever and a Day 2015 Documentary Himself
Rock N Roll Over 2012 Himself
Life on the Road with Mr. and Mrs. Brown 2009 Documentary Himself
Scorpions: Live at Wacken Open Air 2006 – A Night to Remember: A Journey Through Time 2007 Video Himself – Drums
Scorpions Acoustica 2001 Video Himself