Forbes, as it loves to do, has ranked another segment of society based on individual net worth. This time, the magazine is turning its eyes to one of the biggest cash cows in modern music: electronic. Forbes unveiled the ten highest-paid DJs, dubbing them the “Electronic Cash Kings.”
And the winner is? Tiësto, unsuprisingly, since the Dutch producer also beats out all his electronic peers in the net worth category. Forbes’s list, however, just takes into account the last twelve months of earnings, and in that timeframe, Tiesto raked in $22 million, with a nightly average of $250,000. Number two is Skrillex with $15 million, and Swedish House Mafia round out the top three with $14 million, though the group presumably splits their earnings three ways. Seems like now is as good a time as any to get into the DJ game, money-wise. Or you could just be a reality star: Jersey Shore meathead Pauly D comes in at number 7, earning $11 million from gigs over the past year. Read the full list below. [Billboard]
1. Tiesto ($22 million)
Dutch-born DJ tops our inaugural list thanks to an average nightly gross of $250,000, according to Pollstar.
2. Skrillex ($15 million)
24-year-old earned 3 Grammys for putting dubstep on musical map. For more, check out our feature “Skrillex: The $15 Million DJ.”
3. Swedish House Mafia ($14 million)
Scandinavian trio became first electronic act to headline Madison Square Garden.
4. David Guetta ($13.5 million)
French DJ crossed over into pop world with album Nothing But The Beat, added cash with endorsements for Renault and HP, as well as live concerts.
5. Steve Aoki ($12 million)
Turn up the volume: Aoki earns less per show than many of his fellow Electronic Cash Kings, but played over 200 dates.
6. Deadmau5 ($11.5 million)
Performing in a mouse costume and denouncing EDM didn’t tarnish his earnings prospects.
7. DJ Pauly D ($11 million)
Jersey Shore star scores half his annual earnings from DJ gigs. For more, check out our feature: “Gym, Tan, Money: Inside DJ Pauly D’s $11 Million Payday.”
8. Kaskade ($10 million)
Clean-cut DJ cleaned up with 125 shows over the past year.Clean-cut DJ cleaned up with 125 shows over the past year.
9. Afrojack ($9 million)
Dated sometime DJ Paris Hilton; doubled as pop producer for Pitbull and others.
10. Avicii ($7 million)
22-year-old Swede packed clubs, picked up Grammy nomination this year.