Elton John Net Worth
What is Elton John's Net Worth?
Elton John is an extremely popular and successful British singer, composer, pianist and songwriter. As of this writing, Elton John has a net worth of $500 million. Elton John is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time. To date he has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. That's enough to make him the fifth best-selling musical artist in modern history behind Madonna, Michael Jackson, Elvis and The Beatles. He is frequently among the highest-paid celebrities in the world. In a touring year, Elton can easily earn north of $80 million from his various endeavors.
- Has sold 300 million albums worldwide
- Makes $80 million per year in a touring year
- Makes $500,000 per night in Las Vegas
- Spent $2m per month in the 1990s
- Owns $100-200 million worth of art
- Owns $50 million worth of real estate
Elton John was born Reginald Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Middlesex, England. He began playing the piano at age three on his grandmother's piano. He started formal lessons at age seven, and won a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music at eleven. His father, a military man, tried, unsuccessfully, to steer him to a more traditional career in banking. His parents divorced when he was 14. His mother then married Fred Farebrother, a local painter, who proved to be a caring and supportive stepfather. Elton, his mother and stepfather moved into an apartment where years later he would continue to live even at a time when he had four Top 40 albums in the United States. His stepfather helped a 15 year old Reginald land a weekend gig playing piano at a local piano.
In 1966, he and his friends formed the band Bluesology. It was around this same time he took on the name Elton John. The name was an homage to blues legends Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. This is also when Elton began his long-standing collaboration with songwriter Bernie Taupin.
Rise to Success
Elton John released his first albums, Empty Sky and Elton John, in 1969 and 1970, respectively. He saw seven consecutive albums top the charts between 1972 and 1975. He formed his own record label The Rocket Record Company in 1973 which released albums by Neil Sedaka. Interestingly, he opted to not release his own music on his own label and instead signed an $8 million deal with MCA. That's the same as around $40 million after adjusting for inflation.
Elton released successful albums throughout the 1980s, and in 1992, he and Taupin signed a $39 million, twelve-year contract with Warner Bros. Records. It was the largest cash advance in music history up to that point. In 1994, he composed the music for the Disney animated movie The Lion King, which earned a Grammy Award for Best Song and was certified "diamond" 1999 for selling fifteen million copies. In 1997, in response to the death of Princess Diana of Wales, John re-released his 1973 classic "Candle in the Wind". This 1997 version became the best-selling single in recording history and earned John his only Grammy for Best Male Pop Recording. John continues to tour, compose for the stage, and release best-selling albums.
He was married to German recording engineer Renata Blauel from 1984 to 1988. He eventually came out of the closet and has been in a relationship with filmmaker David Furnish since 1993, and the two were joined in a civil partnership in 2005.
Elton is perennially one of the highest-paid entertainers on the planet. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Elton John earned $45 million. Between 2011 and 2018, Elton held a Las Vegas residency called The Million Dollar Piano. He negotiated a deal where he would receive 88% of the door revenues for every show. This translated to around $500,000 in earnings per show for Elton.
Elton John Net Worth Milestones
Elton's net worth was "only" $100 million in 2000. At this time in his life he was well-known as a profligate spender. He would later admit to spending $2 million a month during the late 90s, roughly $40 million total over the period. For example in one six month period alone in 1996, he spent more than $12 million on homes and half a million dollars on flowers. He acquired a museum-level collection of cars. In June 2001 he sold 20 cars that he had never even driven. His sale included a $300,000 1993 Jaguar, Ferraris, Bentleys and Rolls Royces.
By 2009 when we first added Elton John to Celebrity Net Worth, his personal fortune stood at $265 million. By 2011 it topped $240 million. We raise his net worth to $300 million in 2013. By 2020, the value of his assets had grown to a point where he was worth a full half-billion dollars.
Elton is known as one of the savviest celebrity art collectors on the planet. His art collection alone could easily be worth $200 million in the right market. His collection has included pieces by Mapplethorpe, Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Damien Hirst and many more. In 2004 Elton sold 70 photographs from his collection for $900,000. His photography collection is one of the largest collections on the planet.
Elton's primary home for many years has been a large estate called Woodside in Old Windsor, Berkshire, England. Woodside is a 37-acre estate that dates back to the 1750s. Elton acquired the property in 1974 for 400 thousand pounds, roughly the same as around $5 million USD today after inflation and currency changes. As we mentioned previously, up to that point he was still living primarily with his mother and step father in their small apartment. In 1988 he sold the entire contents of the house for $8 million at auction. He then set about refurbishing and refurnishing the entire property.
Elton also owns homes in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nice, London and Venice.
He acquired his Beverly Hills estate for $33 million in October 2015. The home is a nearly 20-acre gated property that was custom built in 2001 for the previous owner, Guess co-founder Armand Marciano. It was at one point on the market (before Elton) for $63 million. The main house is 25,000 square feet and comes with an 11-car subterranean garage, screening room, wine cellar, gym and much more.
He owns a home in a nearby area that he bought for $7.2 million in 2012. In September 2021 Elton paid $8.5 million for a half acre property next door.
His Atlanta property is a 12,000 square-foot duplex penthouse.
|Net Worth:||$500 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Mar 25, 1947 (74 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 7 in (1.72 m)|
|Profession:||Musician, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Composer, Actor, Film Producer, Television producer, Voice Actor|