World’s Richest DJs
Just a few days ago, Celebrity NetWorth published an article containing a list of who they claim to be the 30 richest DJs in the world. After spending some time reviewing the list, and doing some further research, I’m not sure if I buy these numbers. Here’s why:
I have no doubt that Tiesto is the highest paid DJ/dance producer in the world, but Celebrity NetWorth only values him at $65 million. Digging a little deeper, you will find that Forbes listed Tiesto’s last year earnings at $23 Million. The fact of the matter is that Forbes is a far more reliable source than Celebrity NetWorth, and if they claim that Tiesto raked in $23 million last year, I believe it. So ok, you’re talking about a guy who has been the highest paid artist in the game for years… Clearly, if the made over 1/3 of that $65 million number last year, he’s worth a lot more than that. Also, remember that Tiesto plays 300+ shows per year. When would he possibly find time to be spending millions and millions of dollars of his massive salary? The man is on the move 24/7 – It’s impossible! Therefore, with that logic in mind, I’d imagine that Tiesto is worth quite a bit more than $65 million.
So let me present you with another example:
Celebrity NetWorth’s list claims that Skrillex has a net worth of $8 million. Sure, he only became huge in the last 1-2 years, but again, Forbes paints a very different picture. According to their Most Powerful Celebrities List, Skrillex banked $15 million in 2011, nearly double what Celebrity NetWorth claims to be Skrillex’s TOTAL net worth.
Third example: There’s no way Afrojack is only worth $2 million… Need I say more?
Really, at the end of the day, we will never know how much these DJs/producers are making. But what I can tell you is that most of them don’t really care. If they did, they would be out spending their money instead of playing 3-5x the number of shows that artists of other genres play.
I could be completely wrong in my above analysis, and I make no claim to know how much these guys make. However, I just want to make sure you guys know that websites like Celebrity NetWorth make their claims purely off speculation.
But just for shits and giggles, here’s Celebrity NetWorth’s published list of the 30 Richest DJs in the World. Click here to read the original article.
#30: Afrojack Net Worth – $2 million
#29: Markus Schulz Net Worth – $2 million
#28: Darude Net Worth – $2.5 million
#27: Kaskade Net Worth – $3 million
#26: Martin Solveig Net Worth – $3 million
#25: Eric Prydz Net Worth – $4 million
#24: Swedish House Mafia Net Worth – $4 million each
#23: Gareth Emery Net Worth – $5 million
#22: Avicii Net Worth – $6 million
#21: Skrillex Net Worth – $8 million
#20: ATB aka Andre Tanneberger – $8 million
#19: Calvin Harris Net Worth – $10 million
#18: Deadmau5 Net Worth – $12 million
#17: Benny Benassi Net Worth – $14 million
#16: Carl Cox Net Worth – $15 million
#15: The Chemical Brothers Net Worth – $15 million
#14: Ferry Corsten Net Worth – $18 million
#13: Steve Aoki Net Worth – $20 million
#12: Fatboy Slim Net Worth – $22 million
#11: David Guetta Net Worth – $25 million
#10: Moby Net Worth $28 million
#9: Daft Punk Net Worth – $30 million each
#8: Pete Tong Net Worth – $30 million
#7: Judge Jules Net Worth – $40 million
#6: Sasha (DJ) Net Worth – $40 million
#5: Armin Van Buuren Net Worth – $40 million
#4: John Digweed Net Worth – $45 million
#3: Paul van Dyk Net Worth – $50 million
#2: Paul Oakenfold Net Worth – $55 million
#1: DJ Tiesto Net Worth – $65 million