Show me the millions: Skrillex & Tiesto make Forbes power list

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It ain’t easy being David Guetta. You sell an avalanche of records, amass 32 million fans on Facebook, tour tirelessly and even build a bridge between white people and black people, and still you can’t make it The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities list alongside Larry the freakin’ Cable Guy.

Sadly, though, that’s how the numbers-crunchers at Forbes have called it. The 2012 list comes with its predictable top-heavy cast – Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and curiously Jennifer Lopez in the #1 spot – but they’ve kept two places for a couple of dance music’s top-earners: Tiesto and Skrillex.

Following last year’s report by The Wall Street Journal that Tiesto makes $20 million a year, he’s ratcheted that up to $23 million to make the #84 spot. His secret? Constant touring. “The Dutch DJ grosses $250,000 per night on average; low production costs let him keep the bulk of that sum,” reads the Forbes spiel. “With over 100 shows in the past year, he’s the top-earning electronic musician on our list; he also benefits from a strong social media presence that includes over 1 million Twitter followers and 12 million Facebook fans.” According to Forbes’ ranking, Tiesto is one peg more Powerful than Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling – deduce from that what you will.

As for the ever-divisive Skrillex, he’s a ‘self-made’ yearly earner of $15 million. “The side-mulleted DJ also cashed in on over 150 concerts spread across 16 countries in the past 12 months,” reads his blurb. Both guys are listed as ‘Marital Status: Single’, if you’re interested. Head here for the full list, if you’re dying to know what Tim Allen and Ray Romano still earn.


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katiecunningham said on the 17th May, 2012

$15 mil for Skrilly is pretty impressive for someone who doesn't do endorsements and gives much of his music away for free.


mlirosi said on the 18th May, 2012

is tiesto single?? what happened to stacey blokjizzle?


JackT said on the 18th May, 2012

Been single for yonks.


m_xt said on the 18th May, 2012

Interesting point about Tiesto not having an expensive stage show. He has clearly built up his brand to a point where his name alone sells.


ankursinha said on the 18th May, 2012

How Much does Armin make?


daverh said on the 18th May, 2012

AVB makes a tidy income but he infamously lost millions during the great white linen crash of '08.

special ed

special ed said on the 18th May, 2012

well Skrilly did make a lot of money in his early days, in the movies, staring in "stand by me" and "the lost boys"


lawlietskyy said on the 18th May, 2012

daverh with comment of the day there


kevvy069 said on the 21st May, 2012

skrill kills it since he gives alot of his music away...

David Guetta

David Guetta said on the 24th May, 2012

A bit bias all of these Skrillex and Tiesto threads dont you think.


CircusMidget said on the 24th May, 2012

No other music sites reports on them very often. How much does itm pay for the rights to their articles


SANDSHREW said on the 24th May, 2012

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DTrancer said on the 26th May, 2012

250k per gig? maybe i should start djing too


trancefan said on the 27th May, 2012

Tiesto's secret? Play shit music that the young ones love, sell your soul to the electro devil!


Originalist said on the 27th May, 2012

I still cant quite grasp how Skrillex took off whilst truly great dubstep artists are still slumming it