Elton John Biography
|Celebrated Name:||Elton John|
|Birth Name:||Elton Hercules John|
|Birth Date:||March 25, 1947|
|Age:||73 years old|
|Birth Place:||Pinner, Middlesex|
|Height:||5 ft 7.5|
|Weight:||87 kg /192 pounds|
|Spouse (Name):||Daniel Furnish|
|Children||2 (Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John)|
|Profession:||Professional singer, songwriter, and composer|
|Net Worth:||$500 million|
|Last Updated:||March 2020|
Elton John is a popular singer, composer, pianist, and songwriter. He is one of the best selling music artists of all time, and has sold more than 300 million records. Elton has collaborated with Bernie Taupin far back in 1967 and they have both worked on several albums together. As of 2020, Elton John net worth is about $500 million.
It can be anytime that Elton John has really achieved as a singer. He has several hits which have topped the United States Billboard Hot 100 and the United Kingdom Singles Chart. He knew how to play the piano at a very young age and formed an R&B band where he performed. When he first started in 1967, he wrote songs for acts like Lulu and worked as a musician for others. He gained massive popularity when he released his song “Your Song” from his second album.
This legend has earned himself multiple awards such as 5 Grammy’s, 1 Disney Legend, 2 Academy, 5 Brit’s, 1 Tony, 2 Golden Globe, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Rolling Stone ranked him number 49 on the list of 100 influential singers of the rock and roll era. Furthermore, Elton John was the most successful male solo artist on the Hot 100 Top All-Time artists and also the third in all categories. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him back in 1998 for the services he had rendered to charity and music. Elton is one of the greatest legend musicians in the world.
Elton John Biography / Childhood
Elton John was born on 25th March, 1947, to Stanley Dwight and Sheila Eileen Harris in Pinner, Middlesex. His birth name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight; he was raised by his maternal grand parents. His parents got married in 1945 and the family moved to a semi detached house nearby. As a child, he attended Pinner Wood, Reddiford School and then Pinner Country Grammar School. At age 17, he left school to pursue music.
According to Elton, his father tried to change his mind about music but he was very determined. He loved playing piano owned by his grandmother when he was younger. He started performing at gatherings and parties before he was 7 years old. By the time he turned 7, he started to learn how to play the piano. He performed at school too and composed melodies making him popular among his mates. When he was 11 years, he earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy Music. When he was 14 years, his parents got a divorce and his mother remarried. He studied at the Royal Academy School for five years.
He once admitted that he didn’t like going to the academy saying that, ” I was one of those children who could just about get away without practicing and still pass, scrape through the grades.” John left the school and did not take any final exams.
Elton John Career
Almost all assets constituting Elton John net worth came from the proceeds of his career as an accomplished musician. His career began fully in 1969 when he released the first albums, among which one was self-titled (1970), while the other was “Empty Sky” (1969). All the albums he released between 1972 and 1975 were on top of charts. After this in 1973, he formed his own record label which he named “The Rocket Record Company”. He then signed a deal of $8 million with an MCA label.
This icon has released albums which were highly successful from 1980 to 1992. After this, John signed a deal of $39 million with Warner Bros. At this time, the deal was considered the largest one ever signed in music history. Then in 1994, he composed a soundtrack for the animation “The Lion King” which he won a Grammy for. The song sold about 15 million copies. In 1997, he released “Candle in the Wind” in response to the passing of Princess Diana of Wales. This song earned him his first Best Male Pop Recording Grammy award.
Elton John Personal Life
Elton John was engaged to Linda Woodrow in the 1960s. However, they never got married as they ended it. He then, entered his first gay relationship in 1970 with John Reid whom he lost his virginity to. They were together for five years and later called it off.
On the 14th of February, 1984 he got married to Renate Blauel. There were different speculations over his marriage to a woman, as many people said he was only trying to cover up his homosexuality. In 1976, he acknowledged he was Bisexual but after his first marriage ended, the singer said he was “quite comfortable being a gay.”
Elton entered into another relationship with David Furnish. After the Civil Partnership Act was enforced in 2005, they were among the first to form it in the United Kingdom. Gay marriage became legal in 2014 in the UK, they both got married on the 21st of December, 2014. Their union is blessed with two sons, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John. Their first son was born via surrogacy on the 25th of December, 2010 and the second was born on the 11th of January, 2013 also via the same surrogate mother.
John has also had his own share of controversy, especially about his sexuality. The legend once describes Jesus as a “compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems” and he received many backlashes from the religious community based on that statement. According to him, he got many death threats as a result of his statement. The president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights who is against gay marriage also criticized his statement saying “To call Jesus a homosexual is to label him a sexual deviant. But what else would we expect from a man who previously said, “From my point of view, I would ban religion completely.”
Elton John Net Worth
Elton John is one of the most successful artists in the world. He has sold more than 300 million albums which have made him the 5th selling artist of all time alongside the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Beatles, and Elvis. The man has made a total of $85 million between 2018 and 2019.
In 2009, he was worth around $265 million. Interestingly, in 2013, his net worth rose to $300 million. At the moment, Elton John net worth is approximately half a billion.
The singer is known for collecting exquisite and expensive art. He has pieces from Damien Hirst, Basquiat, Warhol, and Mapplethorpe. Elton also has houses in Venice, Los Angeles, London, Nice, and Atlanta. In 2015, he bought an estate in Beverly Hills for $33 million.
That is all there is to know about Elton John net worth, sexuality, childhood, and achievements he has had so far. He is one of the most popular legends in the music industry.