The earnings of the DJs of the world who earn an extraordinarily impressive sum for people who mostly play other people songs. The estimates are based on earning from live shows, recorded music sales, merchandise sales, endorsements and external business ventures. It is annual list of highest paid DJs in the world ranking best party starters based on the income gained.
At number one Calvin Harris takes the crown with an estimated $66 million followed rather far behind by David Guetta with $30 million. As EDMs dominance over pop culture continues it no longer very surprising that these artists are pulling in as much money as they are though the price tags are still astronomical. Here is the list of the top 10 highest paid DJs in the world.
- Calvin Harris
Net Worth: $66 million
Calvin Harris was born 17 January 1984 a Scottish DJ singer songwriter, record producer, remix and recording artist. Harris rose to international prominence in 2012 with the release of his third studio album 18 months. Harris holds the record for the most top 10 songs from one studio album on the UK singles chart with top entries surpassing Michael Jackson. Harris has received seven Brit award nomination two for best British male and four Grammy nominations winning a Grammy for best music video in 2013 and the 2015 Billboard music awards was named top dance and electronic artist.
2. David Guetta
Net Worth: $30 million
Guetta earned a whopping $30 million this year thanks to his regular gigs as well as his in demand efforts as a producer to major pop artists like Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj. The French DJ and producer maintained his weekly residency in Ibiza this year in addition to playing dozens of shows in Las Vegas. He remains hugely popular in Europe and other overseas markets as he does stateside, as seen by his turn as a headliner at this year’s Coachella.
Net Worth: $28 million
He also picked up a Grammy nomination this year for Best Dance Single and was a featured performer at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. The record included Wake Me Up which becomes the first electronic song ever to move more than 4 million units in the United States. His net worth is 28 million.
Net Worth: $28 million
Tiesto landed a lucrative residency at Las Vegas super club Hakkasan this summer ditching his usual digs in Ibiza. He is the last 10 years it felt there was nothing special and then I got the offer to play in law vegas. They made me a great proposal not just the money but also what they are going to do there the biggest club in the world. His net worth is 28 million.
5. Steve Aoki
Net Worth: $23 million
Steve Aoki was born 30 November 1977 and American elector house musician record producer, and music executive. He has collaborated with producers and vocalists. Aoki has released several Billboards charting studio albums as well notably Wonderland which was nominated for Grammy award for best dancer/ electronic album in 2013. He is the founder of the Steve Aoki charitable found with raise money for global humanitarian relief organizations.
Net Worth: $22 million
Afrojack was born 9 September 1987 a Dutch music producer and DJ. In 2014 he released his debut album forget the world. At the age of 14 his earning additional income with designing websites for fellow musicians. His debut album Forget the World was released 19 May 2014 mixed reviews. His net worth is $22 million.
Net Worth: $21 million
Zedd performed at the 2015 CMT music awards with Lady Antebellum. Together they performed mash up of their songs Long Stretch of Love and beautiful now. Zed held his second tour true colors from august to November 2015 in Asia North America and Europe. Zedd won the Grammy award for best dance recording at the 56the Grammy awards for Clarity. His net worth is $21 million.
Net Worth: $17 million
Kaskade was born 25 February 1971 American DJ and record producer. He took his stage name from a nature book when he saw a picture of a waterfall and a co worker agreed cascade was a good choice. 2003 after mixing the third volume in the sounds of Om series Ryan was offered a three album deal for Kaskade. He played a DJ whose music makes people do unbelievable things. In December 2013 Kaskade was nominated for two Grammy awards the song Atmosphere for best dance recording and the album atmosphere for best dance/Electronic album.
Net Worth: $16.5 million
Skrillex earns big from live shows scoring film like Wreck it Ralph and from his OWSLA label. In March the six time Grammy winner released his latest album recess to opening week sales of 48,000. The LP has a long way to go to catch his 2010 smash, scary monsters and nice sprites but he does not need record sales to pad his coffers. His net worth is $16.5 million.
Net Worth: $16 million
Deadmau5 was born 5 January 1981 a Canadian progressive house music producer and performer from Toronto, Ontario. Zimmerman produces a variety of styles within the house genre and sometime other forms of electronic music. A similar faux project was also created under the name of Sinterklaa5. Fans often attend deadmau5 concerts sporting their own copy of the mau5head. The music pack was released alongside the announcement. His net worth is $16 million.