James Kottak Net Worth

January 21, 2023
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James Kottak was born on the 26th December 1962, in Louisville, Kentucky USA, and is a drummer, who is probably best recognized for being a member of the German hard rock band Scorpions, but is also known for founding his own band Kottak. His musical career has been active since the mid-1980s.

So, have you ever wondered how rich James Kottak is, as of late 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of James’ net worth is over $3 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the music industry.


James Kottak Net Worth $3 Million


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.

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