The name Elton John evokes emotions and raucous applause all around the globe. The iconic singer, songwriter, and pianist was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight but opted for the moniker Elton John when it came to his music career. Today, he is one of the most successful musicians ever in the history of music and a simple search of the term “Elton John’s net worth” will reveal just how much his success has reflected in his coffers.
Elton’s story is captivating. He started playing music as early as three, and officially at the age of seven. His music career began when he decided to respond to an ad from Liberty Records looking for a songwriter. It took him two years, beginning in 1967, to go from a songwriter for the label to landing on their artist roster. Since his debut album, Elton John has gone on to sell over 300 million records. As of 2019, the singer has also garnered 38 gold-certified records and 31 platinum-certified albums.
How Old Is Elton John, What’s His Background Like?
Elton John’s career has spanned well over 5 decades since he came on the scene in 1962. The iconic British singer cum songwriter was born in Middlesex, England on March 25, 1947. He was born to his parents Stanley Dwight and Sheila Eileen.
Elton credits his earliest exposure to music to his parents. He has recalled in interviews how their love for music saw them frequently buy records of some of the most popular musicians of the day including the likes of Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & His Comets. His father, who was a flight lieutenant, was a trumpeter in a semi-professional military band, however, he did not want Elton to pursue music and tried to steer him towards a more conventional career like banking.
Elton John’s Sexuality and Relationships
John and Furnish were born on different continents, but it seemed fate that other plans for them. While it is not clear if Furnish ever struggled with his sexuality, Elton’s own struggle was well-documented thanks in no small part to his life in the limelight.
The musician’s first marriage was to Renate Blauel, a recording engineer at the time. But before this marriage though, John had had other romantic relationships with both sexes. In the late 1960s, he was engaged to Linda Woodrow whom he had met at a cabaret club in Sheffield. It did not pan out, however, and this paved the way for a five-year relationship with his music executive and eventual manager John Reid. He came out as bisexual shortly after his time with Reid.
After his short-lived marriage to Blauel from 1984 to 1988, the singer finally announced to the world that he was indeed gay, a fact that his family and closest friends had apparently known for a really long time.
About David Furnish
Since David and John started seeing each other in 1993, they have complemented each other well. While John is creative, Furnish has a more administrative outlook, having graduated a degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Born in Ontario, Canada, Furnish had to relocate to London to join the board of the prestigious marketing and advertising agency Ogilvy & Mathers that he had worked with since after his time in business school. It was at this time that Furnish met Elton.
Furnish has since left the marketing and advertising world and started a career as a filmmaker. He established the production company Rocket Pictures which he co-owns with Elton John. Furnish also sits on the board of the Elton John’s AIDS Foundation.
How Rich Is Elton John and David Furnish?
While both men have recorded immense success since banding together in 1993, they had also measured considerable individual success before and during their time together.
Furnish, for instance, made some serious bank while working as a big wig and sitting on the board of Ogilvy & Mathers. Since his time in advertising, he established Rocket Pictures which has gone on to record a measure of success that is nothing to sniff at. The marketing man turned film head has served as director, producer, executive producer, and scriptwriter for a number of projects.
These include Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras (1997), Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm (2002), It’s A Boy Girl Thing (2006), and Sherlock Gnomes (2018). Perhaps his most dear project so far is Rocketman (2019), the musical biopic based on the life and career of his partner, Elton John.
Furnish has definitely done really well for himself, however, Elton John’s net worth and career success undoubtedly wins out. The musician has recorded over 30 solo albums, most of which are platinum-certified. He is known for timeless songs like “Sacrifice”, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”. In 1994, he was also recognized for his immense contribution to the rock and roll genre by receiving his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Elton’s John’s net worth takes into account the many lucrative multi-million dollar music deals he has signed with major labels like Liberty Records, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Geffen Records, and Paramount among others. One of the highlights of his career was in 1994 when he was signed on to write the soundtrack for Disney’s iconic 1990s animation, The Lion King.
Besides music, however, he has other interests. John was once the owner of the Watford Football Club. John being a childhood fan of the club took over the ownership in 1976 and pushed the club three divisions above into the English First Division. Although he is no longer a majority shareholder in the club, he does still holds a significant financial interest in their affairs.
Elton’s filmmaker husband has so far garnered a net worth of around $50 million, definitely not a figure to be embarrassed about. Elton John’s net worth, as of 2009, was already estimated to be around $265 million. As of 2019, the musician’s net worth is pegged around $500 million, making him at least 10 times as rich as his husband. And that amount is set to climb significantly over the next couple of years with the singer currently pocketing an average of $1.4 million per tour stop on his 3-year, 300-dates farewell tour that started in 2018 and will run until 2021.