British lyricist, poet, and singer, Bernie Taupin has an estimated net worth $75 million (£45m) as of 2015, according to the Sunday Times rich list. Born Bernard John Taupin on 22 May 1950 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England. He started his music career in 1967. Taupin is well known for his collaboration as lyricist with Sir Elton John, he worked with John on his album, The Diving Board. Taupin is also a painter, in his words “I paint 80% of the time. Then 20% of it is writing songs.” He has had an exhibition, Beyond Words, of his works in North America, and also DJs there. Now living on a California ranch, he left Lincolnshire at 17 to head for London. Taupin met Elton John and a successful partnership was born. He has written lyrics of most of John’s hits, including Candle In The Wind, the biggest-selling single of all time. The royalty flow to Taupin, his burst of recent work and a £25m deal with Warner Chappel dating from 1992, keeps him at £45m.