Corporate Corner – The 30 Richest DJs

by Bobby Owsinski

Corporate Corner  The 30 Richest DJsWho says you can’t make money as a DJ? It seems like the stars of EDM far out-earn the rock stars of yesterday, and all without needing the major label infrastructure to promote them to boot.

Considering that the 7 biggest EDM clubs in Las Vegas average income was $625 million a year (according to Nightclub & Bar magazine), and many DJs now have sponsorship deals with major brands like Ralph Lauen and Sonos, you can see how the those at the top have become hot financial properties.

Here are the top 30 DJs with the highest net worth, according to celebritynetworth.com.

  • #1: Tiesto – $75 million
  • #2: Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) – $60 million
  • #3: Thomas Bangalter  (Daft Punk) – $60 million
  • #4: Paul Oakenfold – $58 million
  • #5: Paul van Dyk – $52 million
  • #6: John Digweed – $45 million
  • #7: Armin Van Buuren – $40 million
  • #8: Judge Jules – $42 million
  • #9: Sasha – $40 million
  • #10: Pete Tong – $32 million
  • #11: Moby – $30 million
  • #12: David Guetta – $30 million
  • #13: Steve Aoki – $28 million
  • #14: Fatboy Slim – $23 million
  • #15: The Chemical Brothers – $20 million
  • #16: Ferry Corsten – $19 million
  • #17: Deadmau5 – $18 million
  • #18: Carl Cox – $16 million
  • #19: Skrillex – $16 million
  • #20: Benny Benassi – $15 million
  • #21: DJ Pauly D – $15 million (Sad but true)
  • #22: Sven Vath – $14 million
  • #23: Jeffrey Sutorius (Dash Berlin) – $13.5 million
  • #24: Calvin Harris – $13 million
  • #25: Avicii – $12 million
  • #26: Afrojack – $11 million
  • #27: Kaskade – $10 million
  • #28: Sebastian Ingrosso (Swedish House Mafia) – $10 million
  • #29: Steve Angello (Swedish House Mafia) – $10 million
  • #30: Axwell (Swedish House Mafia) – $10 million
For those of you who want to break out the turntables (or more appropriately, the computer) and get into the game, just remember that we may be seeing the absolute peak of the market here. I’m told by a friend who owns one of the world’s biggest sound companies that EDM at the major European festivals is already somewhat passe this year, although EDM-only festivals remain hot. Any one care to speculate on the next trend?

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