30 highest paid DJs list revealed during era of austerity

Tiesto tops the highest value DJs on Earth, but how much is he really worth?


Greece is bankrupt, Spain looks to be falling into a similar state of chaos, and fingers are also pointing to Italy as an elephant in the economic corner, too big to fail yet potentially never closer to catastrophe than today. Cut backs are everywhere, as is anger at the rich-poor divide. Evidently somebody forgot to send the mailer to the global dance music industry though.

Yesterday Celebrity Networth released a list of the 30 highest valued DJs on the planet, making a million look like small change, with everyone in the league table priced at far more than that paltry sum. So who said the age of super-clubs was dead? Indeed, even as tales of widespread chopper arrivals and commonplace six figure sets are confined to pre-millennial, commercially buoyant house and techno folklore, it seems plenty of names on the scene are still doing rather well for themselves.

Before we go on it’s important to take into account that we’re talking about net worth here, not disposable income or salary, but still the figures are huge. And there are more shocks than this, with fresh faced Avicii stealing himself a position despite the fact most people are completely baffled as to exactly what he’s doing. Meanwhile, who would have thought Swedish House Mafia could collectively lay claim to £4million in riches, let alone individual balances to the same tune, begging a third question; could this money not be better spent elsewhere? Perhaps DJ Sneak and Liam Griffiths (85) can answer that one.


Of course we’ve always known those at the top of the game, in both business and exposure terms, are bringing in big bucks, so really the most interesting thing here is that this is the first list of anything electronic music related we’ve seen all year not to include the words Jamie and Jones, though taking into account ATB ranks at #20 the run down clearly has nothing to do with current trends, but rather royalties, remix rights, and solid marketing teams. That said, few can argue the likes of Sasha (#6), Digweed (#4), The Chemical Brothers (#15), and Carl Cox (#16) aren’t fundamentally fantastic DJs (or live acts), and worth catching whenever the opportunity arises, though no doubt there are a few doctors, nurses, teachers and the like who have something to say about their wealth. Anyway, digressions and complete amazement at the way the world works to one side, here are the 30 names in descending order… read ’em and weep.

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
09: Daft Punk Net Worth – $30 million each
08: Pete Tong Net Worth – $30 million
07: Judge Jules Net Worth – $40 million
06: Sasha (DJ) Net Worth – $40 million
05: Armin Van Buuren Net Worth – $40 million
04: John Digweed Net Worth – $45 million
03: Paul van Dyk Net Worth – $50 million
02: Paul Oakenfold Net Worth – $55 million
01: DJ Tiesto Net Worth – $65 million