Big earners: The 30 Richest DJs in the World

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If last month’s Forbes list didn’t tip you off, DJing can be a lucrative business. When the annual number-crunchers revealed their 2012 list of The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities, dance music had a couple of notable entries: Tiesto taking the #84 spot with a $23 million annual salary and relative newcomer Skrillex hitting #92 with $15 million in annual earnings.

But if you were wondering what sort of dough the rest of dance music’s big names rake in (including Forbes’ conspicuously absent David Guetta), website Celebrity Net Worth has released a list of – by their calculations – the 30 Richest DJs in the World.

It’s no surprise that it’s Tiesto sitting in the #1 spot with a cool $65 million net worth; Celebrity Net Worth even going so far as to suggest that Tijs will be the first ”$100 millionaire DJ” in the world within the next five years. What is a bit more curious is that Skrilly only enters the list at #21 with a comparatively modest $8 million net worth, which – with 20 other DJs between him and Tiesto – seems to contradict Forbes’ list. Rounding out CNW’s top 5 are Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, John Digweed and Armin van Buuren, all with a net worth upwards of $40 million. Poor David Guetta hasn’t even cracked the top 10, instead taking the #11 place with an estimated net worth of a mere $25 million.

It’s not clear where Celebrity Net Worth are getting their (somewhat dubious) info from, but they’ve thrown up some interesting numbers: apparently Avicii charges $75,000 for a one hour set, while Deadmau5 rounds his set fee up to a cool $100,000. PvD, they reveal, charges in the area of $250,000-300,000 a show and Paul Oakenfold allegedly commands a mega $300,000 a gig. You can see the full list below – question is, do you believe it?

#1: Tiesto net worth – $65 million
#2: Paul Oakenfold net worth – $55 million
#3: Paul van Dyk net worth – $50 million
#4: John Digweed net worth – $45 million
#5: Armin van Buuren net worth – $40 million
#6: Sasha net worth – $40 million
#7: Judge Jules net worth – $40 million
#8: Pete Tong net worth – $30 million
#9: Daft Punk net worth – $30 million each
#10: Moby net worth $28 million
#11: David Guetta net worth – $25 million
#12: Fatboy Slim net worth – $22 million
#13: Steve Aoki net worth – $20 million
#1 4: Ferry Corsten net worth – $18 million
#15: The Chemical Brothers net worth – $15 million
#16: Carl Cox net worth – $15 million
#17: Benny Benassi net worth– $14 million
#18: Deadmau5 net worth – $12 million
#19: Calvin Harris net worth – $10 million
#20: ATB aka Andre Tanneberger net worth – $8 million
#21: Skrillex net worth – $8 million
#22: Avicii net worth – $6 million
#23: Gareth Emery net worth – $5 million
#24: Swedish House Mafia net worth – $4 million each
#25: Eric Prydz net worth – $4 million
#26: Martin Solveig net worth – $3 million
#27: Kaskade net worth – $3 million
#28: Darude net worth – $2.5 million
#29: Markus Schulz net worth – $2 million
#30: Afrojack net worth – $2 million

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ToyBox

ToyBox said on the 12th Jun, 2012

lol why is darude in there?

Stocko12

Stocko12 said on the 12th Jun, 2012

how is above and beyond not in there?

David Guetta

David Guetta said on the 12th Jun, 2012

I did have alot more cash but i spent heaps on the construction of a bridge between black people and white people.

khas

khas said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Pretty surprised to see both ATB & Darude still earn so much. Dinosaurs

Makkaaa

Makkaaa said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Me thinks some of these numbers are wrong.

azlin

azlin said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Did you actually build the bridge, Guetta? Or did you stand in front the construction site pretending to mix concrete?

davecw

davecw said on the 12th Jun, 2012

This is so so so wrong.

Sasha worth 45 million and SHM worth only 4m each.

Ben Royal

Ben Royal said on the 12th Jun, 2012

I think Guetta would have a fair bit more money than Judge Jules!

daking79

daking79 said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Go Diggers and Sasha! Lol @ Afrojack, that continues to play the same crap he was playing 2 years ago.

kevvy069

kevvy069 said on the 12th Jun, 2012

skrillex is worth more than 8mill....also sucks to be afrojack, his girlfriend uses that money on one shopping visit.

daverh

daverh said on the 12th Jun, 2012

This is all well and good but what would these DJs be worth in terms of Pokemon?

edmundpw

edmundpw said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Well, these figures look like a load of rubbish, don't they? But the author of this piece should really be able to tell the difference between net worth and annual income. Her words distort the figures even more.

katiecunningham

katiecunningham said on the 12th Jun, 2012

^^ edmund, I don't think I inferred that net worth and annual income are the same thing - just that Forbes' account of Skrilly's $15mil income and Celebrity Net Worth's $8mil net worth figure don't really add up. Like you said, I wouldn't take these sums as gospel.

Morecowbell

Morecowbell said on the 12th Jun, 2012

edmund, your observations are about as astute as CNW's. There's a very apparent and likely deliberate separation within the article between Forbes' salary figures and CNW's net worth totals.

Darude? They really weren't trying, were they?

J0rdz

J0rdz said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Id say the list is b.s .... pretty skeptical with it coming from a site that provides no references to how they came to the actual figures
http://stoneyroads.com/worlds-richest-djs/

DHindahouse

DHindahouse said on the 12th Jun, 2012

how can Norman Cook make so much money but still not be capable of beat matching?

angy

angy said on the 12th Jun, 2012

LOL David Guetta, best troll I've seen in a longtime. Definitely beats sandshrew. And geeeez, these guys are loaded...

Dr Fegg

Dr Fegg said on the 12th Jun, 2012

Tiesto net worth %u2013 $65 million
Paul Oakenfold net worth %u2013 $55 million
Underground DJ yet become famous, creating a NEW sound - PRICELESS

oliversphotos

oliversphotos said on the 13th Jun, 2012

Oh Sasha, how your mixes are always amazing, has anyone bothered to watch him mix on Youtube, I remember when he pioneered the idea of using a computer to mix, and by computer I mean he lugged around an iMac, oh those were the days...

David Guetta

David Guetta said on the 13th Jun, 2012

^^ Yeah Sasha was a true pioneer. Dont forget he also pioneered looking like he was pissed off and bored by getting paid 80000 to play a 2 hour set to 50000 people on a beach in Brazil. I suppose not looking up at the crowd the entire set is easy when all you have to look at are all those ugly half naked Brazilian chicks. Im just annoyed he makes more money than me.

srljb

srljb said on the 13th Jun, 2012

Hey Katie, it does suggest that "Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, John Digweed and Armin van Buuren, all earning upwards of $40 million a year" when 'net worth' is all accumulated income and assets (saved over life/career).

katiecunningham

katiecunningham said on the 13th Jun, 2012



Ah good point, will change. Thanks!

DANCINGDI

DANCINGDI said on the 13th Jun, 2012

I knew John Digweed was an astute business man. ;)

DANCINGDI

DANCINGDI said on the 13th Jun, 2012

I knew John Digweed was an astute business man. ;)

DHindahouse

DHindahouse said on the 13th Jun, 2012

I didnt know Oakey played anywhere any more, he was too busy making movie scores in Whoreywood.

Roy_O

Roy_O said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Not surprising seeing as Trance is the best music in the world! But seriously, this is easier explained if you look at how long each of these artists has been in the business and the hits they've had. It's not a list of who made the most in the last year.

Roy_O

Roy_O said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Not surprising seeing as Trance is the best music in the world! But seriously, this is easier explained if you look at how long each of these artists has been in the business and the hits they've had. It's not a list of who made the most in the last year.

2greendollars

2greendollars said on the 14th Jun, 2012

oh come on!!! Australias own "2greendollars" eclipsed tiesto to the tune of $80 million net worth! Guiness World Record Winner and DJ for Michael Jacksons "this is it" launches, he seems to be missed out on because - he's Australian, and aussies can't DJ, right?

2greendollars

2greendollars said on the 14th Jun, 2012

oh, and 2greendollars last gig was invoiced out at US$500,000....but that pays for freight of 3 sea containers, 82 performing and non-performing staff, airfares, accommodation and per-diems etc.etc. so really, "net worth" is completely inaccurate - moreover "gross worth" could be more accurate, and then its still inaccurate.

Nelinho

Nelinho said on the 14th Jun, 2012

Oakenfold...that was his demands (or maybe a little less ridiculous amount )in circa 2000...surely not now...

Good to see Sasha and Digweed in there.

Is it fair to assume that almost all of he above listed are label owners as well?

ATB and Darude? Really in 2012?

Three Paper

Three Paper said on the 15th Jun, 2012

Assets Income - Drugs. Explains Carl Cox Yo! I want to build a secret tunel. But first i must get high.

rubbishtalk

rubbishtalk said on the 18th Jun, 2012

Would be good to find out how much is for performance and how much is for producing music...
Most of these cheesy commercial noobs like Afrojack, Avicii are all really not doing much DJing... more fist pumping and hiding behind LED screens pretending that they're doing something special.
Oh well, I suppose I'm just jealous that I'm not making gazillions doing nothing...

relapse

relapse said on the 18th Jun, 2012

Can't believe Paul Oakenfold is still up there, and he's at number 2! He's been in the top 10 for 10 to 15 years now. I'm surprised there are no US house DJs there. I would have expected Farina to be up there.

relapse

relapse said on the 18th Jun, 2012

@ Guetta Yeah, Sasha makes more money than you and he's got infinite more talent than you too. Eat it up buttercup!

FatalError

FatalError said on the 19th Jun, 2012

lol skrillex isn't even worth a quarter of what tiesto is .. interesting.

dancetothis

dancetothis said on the 20th Jun, 2012

this is in greek drachmas... One million drachmas is worth $3655 AUD. Using this maths we can make out Tiesto to be worth $237, 575....

Teza

Teza said on the 26th Jun, 2012

WHat an absolite load of dog shit..lol this article makes no sense.

They DO NOT get that much..underworld should have hit the list to.

Yasoda

Yasoda said on the 27th Jun, 2012

Why isn't Paris Hilton at #1? Her net worth is $100M
List is Fake and Wrong

Original_Beats

Original_Beats said on the 29th Jun, 2012

Surely you are joking about Paris ....she could pay herself, then she might be worth something, Sasha is a way better DJ than you Guetta, that's why.

beanbagdan

beanbagdan said on the 26th Sep, 2012

More interesting would be who is so busy during 2012 that they have a private jet to get between gigs?