Bernie Taupin Net Worth: $150 Million
Bernard John “Bernie” Taupin is an English lyricist, songwriter, poet, and singer. Bernie’s net worth is $150 million as of 2019.
Much of Bernie’s success is due to his collaborations with Elton John on numerous songs and albums.
Bernie was born on May 22, 1950 in Lincolnshire, England.
At just 15 years old, Bernie left school to pursue journalism. He began working at a local newspaper, but this didn’t last very long.
During Bernie’s teenage years, he spent much of his time drinking, hanging out with friends, and hitchhiking.
Bernie Taupin: How He Got His Start
At just 17 years old, Bernie answered an ad that was in the “New Musical Express” calling for fresh talent. Elton John answered this same ad. However, as the story goes, they were both rejected.
Ironically, Bernie was rejected for not being able to write music and Elton was rejected because he was unable to write lyrics.
When Elton was rejected, he asked to look at the samples that rejected lyricists sent in. He stumbled upon Bernie’s work, and thus began the famous partnership.
Since then, Elton and Bernie have worked on over 30 records together. Today, they have sold over 300 million records all around the world.
Famous Work of Bernie Taupin
Bernie Taupin has worked on numerous famous pieces. These include:
- Tiny Dancer for Elton John
- Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me for Elton John
- I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues for Elton John
- Rocket Man for Elton John
- Candle in the Wind for Elton John
- Re-wrote Candle in the Wind as a tribute to Princess Diana after her death
- Featured on 1991 documentary Two Rooms with Elton John
- 1996: Opened first Broadway production with Elton John, Lestat: The Musical
- Created five songs with Elton John for the 2011 film Gnomeo and Juliet
- Wrote We Built This City for Starship
- Wrote This Face for Willie Nelson and Kid Rock
- Has three solo albums: Taupin, He Who Rides the Tiger, and Tribe
- Two albums with Farm Dogs: Last Stand in Open Country and Immigrant Sons
- Author of several books, including a collection of poetry called The Devil at High Noon
Bernie Taupin Net Worth: Current Personal Life
He has been married a total of four times. He has been married to his current wife, Heather Lynn Hodgins Kidd, since 2004. They have two children together.
Bernie and Heather live together on a 30-acre ranch outside of Los Angeles, in Santa Ynez. His estate is called Roundup Valley Ranch, and was listed for sale in 2017 for $4.7 million, but it did not find a buyer.
Bernie raised show horses on this property, and has lived there since the late 1990s.
Elton and Bernie: Lifelong Partnership
Bernie is often described as the lyrical translator of Elton’s memories, moods, and fantasies. Although Bernie is not gay himself, he has been able to tap into many of Elton’s emotions, both in and out of the closet.
It is very well known that Bernie hates the song Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, which he wrote. But, it became the greatest single the two ever had in Europe.
When writing Your Song, Bernie wrote some lyrics of it down on a piece of paper and then left to go brush his teeth. When he returned, Elton had already written the melody. It would go on to become their first major hit in the U.S.
Bernie tends to call his relationship with Elton a “non-sexual love affair.”