Highest earning DJs

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35. Kygo

Net Worth: $8 million

Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, known by his DJ name, Kygo, was the musician quickest to reach one billion streams on Spotify. He was the first house music producer to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony, in Rio back in 2016. Kygo is originally from Bergen, Norway, despite being born in Singapore.

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Kygo was ranked 12th on Forbes’ list of 15 highest-earning DJs for 2018 in yearly gross, bringing in $11.5 million. He has been nominated for a variety of awards, including Billboard Music Awards’ Top Dance/Electronic Album and MTV Video Music Awards’ Best Dance Video. His net worth is currently valued at $8 million.

34. DJ Snake

Net Worth: $8 million

William Sami Étienne Grigahcine is a DJ from Paris, France, known professionally by his stage name, DJ Snake. The French DJ won Billboard Music Awards’ Top Dance/Electronic Song with “Turn Down For What” in 2015. DJ Snake also has his own record label, named Premiere Classe Records.

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DJ Snake has collaborated with musicians such as Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Skrillex. He also helped produce Lady Gaga’s successful album, Born This Way. The French DJ is currently worth $8 million and managed to bring in $11 million in 2018, coming in 13th on Forbes’ list of highest-earning DJs.

33. DJ Pauly D

Net Worth: $20 million

Pauly D has always been known for his high energy and positive attitude, so it’s no surprise how that translated well into the world of being a DJ. Following the finale of ‘The Jersey Shore’, Pauly D continued to make high-profile appearances in clubs in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

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Pauly D earns approximately $40,000 per club appearance, and that’s just for a few hours. That, along with his long-standing, high-paying role on Jersey Shore has helped him accumulate a sizeable net worth. Now that the Jersey Shore made a comeback to TV, it’s only getting bigger and bigger.

32. Alexander “Alex” Pall (The Chainsmokers)

Net Worth: $22 million

Alexander Pall is one-half of the popular American DJ duo, The Chainsmokers. “Alex” Pall co-produces The Chainsmokers’ music along with his partner and lead vocalist, Andrew Taggart. Pall also plays and records the piano on some of the duo’s tracks and writes some of their music.

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Pall has helped write and produce the group’s three major albums, Memories…Do Not Open, Sick Boy, and World War Joy. Alex Pall has a net worth of around $22 million and helped The Chainsmokers bring in $45.5 million in 2018, reaching the 2nd spot on Forbes’ list of highest-earning DJs. Pretty impressive.

31. Andrew “Drew” Taggart (The Chainsmokers)

Net Worth: $22 million

Andrew Taggart is the second half of American DJ group, The Chainsmokers. He started creating electronic music when he was only 15 years old. Taggart shares many of The Chainsmokers’ producing duties with Alexander Pall, but also records and performs vocals for many of the group’s songs.

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The Chainsmokers’ hit song, “Closer,” with American musician Halsey on vocals, made it to the number one spot on the music charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Taggart’s overall net worth is also $22 million; he brought in $45.5 million in 2018 as part of The Chainsmokers.

30. Marshmello

Net Worth: $22 million

Christopher Comstock is one of the more quirky DJs out there, wearing a giant cartoon marshmallow with a face on his head; his professional DJ name is Marshmello. The American DJ and producer also boasts more than 35 million subscribers on his YouTube channel and a combined six billion views across his videos.

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Marshmello has released three albums, titled Joytime, Joytime II, and Joytime III. Joytime II and Joytime III both peaked at number one on the U.S. dance charts. Marshmello was one of the highest-earning DJs in 2018, bringing in $23 million — his net worth sits at a comfortable $22 million.

29. Martin Garrix

Net Worth: $22 million

Martijn Gerard Garritsen is a Dutch DJ who goes by the stage name Martin Garrix. The DJ, despite being in his early 20s, has already released more than 50 singles. He was voted first on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ list in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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Martin Garrix’s track, “Animals,” was his breakthrough song, topping the charts in many countries and reaching number one on Beatport — this made him the youngest person to accomplish that at the time. Martin Garrix was 10th on Forbes’ list of top-earning DJs, earning $13 million in 2018 — he has a net worth of $22 million.

28. Hardwell

Net Worth: $23 million

Robbert van de Corput is a professional Dutch DJ by the stage name of Hardwell. He started DJing at just 12 years of age and has now released more than 80 singles during his successful career. Hardwell even founded his own music label in 2010, named Revealed Recordings.

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Hardwell was able to release a cologne named “ECLIPSE” in Amsterdam in 2017 due to his rising popularity. He has been nominated for a variety of awards and won many of them. The Dutch DJ has a net worth of $23 million, making him one of the highest-earning DJs in the world.

27. Steve Angello

Net Worth: $24 million

Steven Angello Josefsson Fragogiannis, known as Steve Angello, is a Greek-Swedish DJ and one-third of the popular electronic group Swedish House Mafia. He has released two separate albums in the past few years, Wild Youth and Human. Steve Angello is known for his progressive house and electro house productions.

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Like many professional DJs, Steve Angello started his career at the young age of 12. He quickly learned the ins and outs of electronic music and made a career out of it. Besides his DJing, he was also nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for Best Dance Recording. Steve Angello has been incredibly successful and is worth a total of $24 million.

26. Diplo

Net Worth: $26 million

Thomas Wesley Pentz is known as the popular American DJ, Diplo. He is also one-third of Major Lazer, along with Walshy Fire and Ape Drums. Additionally, he is a founder of music project Jack Ü, started with Skrillex. Diplo made an appearance as himself in 2019’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

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Diplo has been nominated for several Grammys throughout his career, winning two of them with Skrillex as part of the group Jack Ü, and one for his song, “Electricity,” as Diplo. The American DJ is worth $26 million and was one of the highest-earning DJs in 2018, with $20 million earned that year.

25. Alesso

Net Worth: $30 million

Alesso hit the main stage of the EDM world in 2011 following collaborations with One Republic, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Calvin Harris. This Swedish DJ has headlined shows all over the world including Ibiza, Tomorrowland, Electric Zoo, Ultra, and everywhere in between.

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Alesso, like many other DJs, couldn’t have reached such heights of stardom if it weren’t for successful remixes of his tracks by the likes of Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, and Kaskade. As a solo artist, he’s topped charts both in the United States and internationally.

24. Sebastian Ingrosso

Net Worth: $30 million

Sebastian Carmine Ingrosso is a Swedish DJ and producer known professionally as Sebastian Ingrosso. He is part of the famous trio Swedish House Mafia, along with co-DJs Axwell and Steve Angello. His other electronic group (which is a duo), Axwell Λ Ingrosso, is made up of Axwell and himself.

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The Swedish DJ has been part of the industry professionally since way back in 1999. Sebastian Ingrosso made it to 12th on Forbes’ list as part of Axwell Λ Ingrosso, bringing in $12 million in 2018. On his own, he has a net worth of $30 million; not bad.

23. Axwell

Net Worth: $30 million

Axel Christofer Hedfors was introduced to music early on, learning to play the drums at the age of 9 and awakening his passion. He started DJing a few years later and eventually adopted the name Axwell. He is the third member of the DJ group Swedish House Mafia.

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He was part of Swedish House Mafia when they came back for a short reunion after a five-year hiatus, performing many of their hit songs in preparation for their 2019 tour. Axwell is worth a total of $30 million, and earned $12 million in 2018 as part of Axwell Λ Ingrosso with Sebastian Ingrosso.

22. Ferry Corsten

Net Worth: $30 million

Another DJ from the Netherlands, Ferry Corsten (actual name) is known for his trance music. Ferry Corsten released music under a number of aliases earlier in his career, including Moonman and System F. He has collaborated with a variety of other artists and even performed at Madison Square Garden.

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Ferry Corsten released an experimental music album titled Blueprint in 2017, featuring a sci-fi audio narrative written by David H. Miller and narrated by actor Campbell Scott. He later released a version of the album without the accompanying audiobook. Ferry Corsten has been active since 1989 and has a personal net worth of $30 million.

21. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Net Worth: $35 million

What you may not have known is that these two are actually brothers. Michael and Dimitri Thivaios were born in Belgium of Greek descent. They were discovered by Axwell, formally of Swedish House Mafia, in 2009 for a remix of “Work That Body” which landed them a spot in the limelight.

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By 2015, they had made DJ Magazine’s top 100 DJs list and in the year following, they made a whopping $15.5 million. They also released “Melody” with Steve Aoki and Ummet Ozcan, which soon after became the official UEFA 2016 anthem for the Belgian National Football team.

20. Zedd

Net Worth: $35 million

Anton Zaslavski, a Russian-German DJ with the stage name Zedd, has produced music in a wide variety of styles, including electro house, dubstep, and even classical. His debut album, titled Clarity, made it to number two on the U.S. dance charts, beginning his journey to fame.

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Zaslavski has produced music and albums for many famous artists during his career, including Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, and Justin Bieber, among others. Zedd has a total net worth of $35 million and amassed a shocking $22 million back in 2018, putting him in sixth place on Forbes’ highest-earning DJs list.

19. Sasha

Net Worth: $40 million

Sasha, a Welsh DJ named Alexander Paul Coe, has been in the industry since 1989 — he has had the chance to watch the industry evolve into what it is today. He was one of the first DJs to add software to live performances, drawing criticism from purists.

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Even so, he was a driving force in the electronic dance music genre, making use of audio engineering hardware and software in his performances regularly. Sasha established his own record label in 2007, officially named emFire. He has a substantial net worth today, coming in at over $40 million.

18. Judge Jules

Net Worth: $42 million

Julius O’Riordan is a British DJ with the stage name of Judge Jules. He started his DJing career back in 1987, running multiple radio stations throughout the years, as well as a magazine named Soul Underground. The magazine was short-lived, only running from 1988 to 1990.

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O’Riordan has even collaborated with multiple clothing designers to create his own clothing line, named Heroes and Villains. Many DJs branch out into ventures other than just music. Judge Jules has a net worth of $42 million, which he has gained from years of DJing and radio work, among other ventures.

17. Skrillex

Net Worth: $45 million

Sonny John Moore performed as part of several bands before he became known as Skrillex. Moore was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, originally part of From First to Last as the lead singer. He later began performing under the name Skrillex and started releasing electronic music, particularly in the dubstep genre.

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Skrillex is known for popularizing dubstep, bringing it to a larger audience. Besides that, he has participated in a wide variety of projects with dozens of artists. He has also been nominated for 12 Grammys, winning eight of them during his successful career. Skrillex has built up a net worth of $45 million.

16. John Digweed

Net Worth: $48 million

Thomas John Digweed, known as John Digweed, is an English DJ from Hastings who has been active in the industry since 1989. He has collaborated with several other artists, primarily Sasha, even forming a group with him in 1993; they have released several singles and compilation albums together over the years.

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He was voted number one in DJ Magazine’s list of top DJs in 2001, though he has since dropped on the list. The DJ is still active in the industry, performing and producing. John Digweed has a total net worth of $48 million even though he’s not at the forefront of DJing currently.

15. Avicii

Net Worth: $50 million

The world was devastated when it was announced that Avicii had passed away. Avicii was one of the most influential DJs in the 2000s, inspiring dozens of artists. After he took his life in 2018, some of his music still continued to be released; an album bearing his name, Tim, was even released in 2019.

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There was a huge outpouring of love from other DJs and artists in the industry in the following months. Avicii had amassed a huge personal fortune before he died, being valued at over $50 million. His effect on electronic music will be felt for years, if not decades to come.

14. Kaskade

Net Worth: $50 million

Ryan Gary Raddon is an American DJ and producer with the stage name of Kaskade. Kaskade has worked with dozens of vocalists in the past couple of decades, including Skylar Grey and Mindy Gledhill. He has produced a large number of albums and singles, resulting in a large body of work.

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The DJ began producing and DJing as a teenager and is mostly self-taught. He went on to become incredibly successful. Kaskade pulled in $13.5 million in 2018, putting him in ninth place on Forbes’ list of highest-earning DJs. He has a personal net worth of around $50 million; not bad.

13. Deadmau5

Net Worth: $53 million

Joel Thomas Zimmerman is a famous Canadian DJ who goes by the name Deadmau5 (it’s pronounced the same as “dead mouse”). Deadmau5 has been in the industry for about 20 years, producing a massive amount of music and performing in numerous venues. He is known for working alongside Kaskade on several productions.

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Zimmerman is known for his rowdy personality and rough discourse on social media in the past. His unpredictability is part of his charm and translates directly into his music, which is different than anyone else’s out there. Deadmau5 has a net worth of over $53 million, a significant sum for any DJ.

12. Armin van Buuren

Net Worth: $55 million

Armin Jozef Jacobus Daniël van Buuren OON, known by the much shorter name of Armin van Buuren, is another Dutch DJ on this list. He started producing music in his early teens and soon transitioned to DJing as well. He soon became a huge success, sticking primarily to trance music.

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Eventually, he created a radio program named A State of Trance, which grew in popularity over a period of a few years. He used the program to show off up-and-coming trance artists, propelling some of them to fame. Armin van Buuren has a staggering net worth of $55 million to his name.

11. Paul van Dyk

Net Worth: $60 million

Matthias Paul is a German DJ who goes by the stage name of Paul van Dyk. The DJ has produced a giant library of music in the trance genre, as well as general electronic music. He has also produced music for several video games, including DJ Hero and Mirror’s Edge.

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Paul van Dyk has released eight albums during his lengthy career and produced dozens of singles and remixes in a variety of genres. He has performed in several countries and even established his own record label, named Vandit. He is worth a grand total of $60 million, more than most DJs ever make.

10. Afrojack

Net Worth: $60 million

Nick van de Wall learned how to play the piano at just 5 years of age, which served as the foundation for his DJ career as Afrojack. Despite only releasing one album, Afrojack has earned millions of dollars. Like many other DJs on this list, Afrojack created his own record label; his label is named Wall Recordings.

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Afrojack is also a Dutch DJ and has landed in the top 10 on DJ Magazine’s list of top 100 DJs several years in a row. He has collaborated with several other DJs, such as David Guetta and Martin Garrix. He earned $10 million in 2018 and has an overall net worth of $60 million.

9. Paul Oakenfold

Net Worth: $65 million

Paul Mark Oakenfold has one of the longest DJ careers in the electronic music industry, having been involved in it since 1980. In addition to his own music, he has remixed more than 100 different songs. He is from Mile End, London, England, and has toured Europe and even Japan.

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Paul Oakenfold has been nominated for and has won several awards for his music, including three separate nominations for the coveted Grammy Award. He has shifted his focus to finding talent and helping them succeed. He is worth an overwhelming $65 million, beating out most other DJs in the electronic music industry.

8. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk)

Net Worth: $70 million

Guillaume Emmanuel “Guy-Manuel” de Homem-Christo (in case you thought there wasn’t a long enough name on this list) is one-half of the popular electronic group, Daft Punk. Daft Punk are a French DJ duo who started their musical journey in 1993, influencing a large number of other talented musicians.

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Guy-Manuel has co-founded a couple of music labels with music that is significantly different from what Daft Punk releases. Daft Punk has a total net worth of $70 million, and although they have been quiet as of late, it’s safe to bet that they will be releasing more music soon.

7. Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk)

Net Worth: $70 million

Thomas Bangalter is the other half of Daft Punk, although he has been part of other groups as well, such as Stardust. He and Guy-Manuel have a very similar outlook on music, which allows them to work in harmony. He also has his own music label, named Roulé, and works as a film director as well.

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Thomas Bangalter started playing the piano when he was only 6 years old. He quickly struck up a friendship with Guy-Manuel in his later years, and the two began making music together. He also has a net worth of $70 million, bringing in millions in revenue every year through his performances with Guy-Manuel.

6. David Guetta

Net Worth: $75 million

Pierre David Guetta, like the two members of Daft Punk, is also a popular French DJ. David Guetta has collaborated with and produced for a large number of artists in multiple genres; these include Nicki Minaj, Avicii, will.i.am, Grey, and Sia. He is one of the most popular electronic artists in the world.

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After he began his music career, David Guetta started running club nights himself. He also released his first single during that time. Guetta made it to the eighth spot on Forbes’ list of highest-earning DJs, making $15 million in 2018. He is valued at a total of $75 million in terms of his net worth.

5. Steve Aoki

Net Worth: $75 million

Coming in at third place on our list of highest-earning DJs is Steve Aoki. The American artist is known for his productions and DJing. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award for his album, Wonderland. Steve Aoki has been working on a series of albums (of which he’s on the fourth) titled Neon Future.

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Aoki impressively started a record label when he was only in his 20s and named it Dim Mak. He has made music with many musical acts and vocalists over the years, branching into different genres of music. Steve Aoki made $28 million in 2018 according to Forbes’ list and is worth $75 million.

4. Tiësto

Net Worth: $150 million

Tijs Michiel Verwest OON, who professionally goes by Tiësto, is one of the highest-earning DJs ever. Yet another Dutch DJ, Tiësto has been in the industry for 25 years, constantly performing and releasing music, primarily in the trance genre. He has even won a Grammy for his mixing of “All of Me” by John Legend.

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Although he is mostly known for his trance music, he has created music in ever-changing styles. He has sold millions of copies of his music, both albums and singles. Tiësto made $33 million in 2018 based on Forbes’ estimates and has a whopping $150 million in net worth under his belt.

3. Calvin Harris

Net Worth: $220 million

Adam Richard Wiles is known by the seemingly unrelated stage name of Calvin Harris. He is a Scottish DJ and the highest-earning DJ ever. Calvin Harris has only been active since the early 2000s and has managed to make more than many other DJs combined. He has had several songs reach the top position on U.S. charts.

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He is one of the younger DJs on this list when you consider how successful he is in relation to his age. He has worked with artists like Ellie Goulding on several projects. Calvin Harris made $48 million in 2018 (and consecutively since 2013) according to Forbes, and holds the record for highest net worth at $220 million.

2. Paris Hilton

Net Worth: $300 million

When we think of DJs, Paris Hilton isn’t the first person to come to mind. However, she’s made quite a bit of success behind the booth. Paris is now the highest-paid female DJ in the world which comes as a shock to many because she wasn’t typically painted as a “brainy” person in her previous work. It does, however, take a rather intelligent person to be a successful DJ.

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Hilton paved the way for social media influencers all over the world and continues to be a pioneer in everything she does. She enjoys genres such as deep house, techno-pop, and electro-pop. Regarding her approach to editing and playing, she said, “I’ve always been a huge tech geek,” she says of her approach to editing and playing”.

1. Shaq AKA DJ Deisel

Net Worth: $400 million

Shaq is more than 300 pounds and over seven feet tall, so it’s hard not to notice the biggest man in the room behind the DJ booth. Shaq is well-known for being a good-hearted human being. So it comes as no surprise when he said, “I always tell people there are two things that bring people together: sports and music”.

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Shaq has been collaborating with other famous DJs such as Diplo, which has greatly helped him hone in on his craft even though he’s been practicing for most of his life when he was initially inspired by old-school hip-hop.