One of the newest forms of mainstream musicians, DJ’s have had a huge surge in popularity during the past fifteen years or so. Many of these DJ’s rose up with this increased prominence to the point that they attained fame on par with most other established musicians, all while gaining huge amounts of wealth in the process. By looking into both the songs they have produced, as well as their constant touring schedules we can get some insight into how these DJ’s amassed the wealth they have today.
10. Skrillex Net Worth: $45 Million
While his fame has decreased somewhat since his huge surge in popularity ten years ago, there was a point where Skrillex was the most well known DJ and producer in the world. His glasses and the emo swoopy hair thing he has going on became iconic, and without fail, every Call of Duty highlight reel at the time was accompanied by his music. His huge prominence, accompanied by his aggressive touring schedule are what got him a spot on this list.
9. Kaskade Net Worth: $50 Million
Becoming popular between 2008 and 2009 during the revival of American Progressive House, Kaskade has been an established DJ for years. He has won DJ of the year in both 2011 and 2013, each time becoming more prominent in the public eye. Since then he has continued to release music (with one album being titled A Kaskade Christmas) as well as consistently touring which has earned him a spot on this list.
8. (Tie) Paul Van Dyk Net Worth: $60 Million
While not too widely known in the states, Paul Van Dyke is still huge around the world and has the money to show it. He was the first DJ to ever win a Grammy in the newer category Best Dance/Electronic Album and was also voted the worlds number one DJ in 2005 and 2006. Using this notoriety he has continued to keep up a solid touring schedule ever since and has amassed this impressive fortune as a result.
7. (Tie) Afrojack Net Worth: $60 Million
Afrojack is a Dutch producer and DJ who took an interest in music at a young age. By five he had started to learn piano but quickly shifted his interests to the production side of things. From there he went on to found his own record label as well as do some collaborations with huge mainstream artists such as Pit Bull, Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg. It is these huge collaborations on hit songs that have made him so prominent and allowed him to consistently sell out tour dates all over the world.
6. Paul Oakenfold Net Worth: $65 Million
Paul Oakenfold is a three-time Grammy winner and extremely successful all around DJ. He was voted DJ of the year back in 1998 and 1999 and is primarily known for remixing the songs of famous artists such as U2, Britney Spears, The Rolling Stones and many more. While not as prominent as he used to be, during his peak Oakenfold was selling millions of albums and consistently headlining at stadiums filled with hundreds of thousands of people which is how he attained the incredible amounts of wealth he has today.
5. Daft Punk Net Worth: $70 Million Each
Two of the most famous robot faced DJ’s alive today, the members of Daft Punk are collectively worth $140 Million. They have been churning out hits for years, and even though they don’t tour that often, they’ve been able to accumulate so much wealth almost exclusively through their music sales and collaborations. They also have something of a film career as well, having scored the music for the most recent Tron movie, as well as have a brief cameo in the film as their robot selves.
4. (Tie) Steve Aoki Net Worth: $75 Million
Probably one of the few people to make a career out of throwing cake at his fans, Steve Aoki has risen to prominence more recently than most on this list, but that hasn’t stopped him from being one of the most well known as well. He founded a record label while still in college, and then used it to release his as well as many others music. It was his relentless touring schedule though, at one point doing more than 250 shows a year, that gained him his huge amounts of fans and a spot on this list.
3. (Tie) David Guetta Net Worth: $75 Million
David Guetta is a French DJ and producer who is responsible for some of the most successful EDM and dance songs to date. He was one of the first DJ’s to get into producing EDM music and is therefore thought of as one of “the grandfathers” of the genre. His song “When Love Takes Over” is also considered to be the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time. It is all this, as well as the over forty million albums he has sold during his career that has landed him a spot on this list.
2. Tiësto Net Worth: $150 Million
One of the biggest names in EDM today, Tiësto started his DJ career at just fourteen years old and quickly started getting residencies in clubs all over the Netherlands. He only grew in prominence from that point and has since gone on to headline shows all over the world. Because of his global recognition, Tiësto is said to make up to $40 million a year from album sales, licensing, merchandise and touring which in itself explains how he such a high spot on this list.
1. Calvin Harris Net Worth: $200 Million
Calvin Harris, the guy simply can’t stop putting out hits and his net worth today is more than a reflection of that. He started out his career releasing a few singles and gaining prominence online, before eventually getting his break as an opening act for Rihanna. Since then he has constantly been releasing hits, having songs hitting #1 on the Billboard charts almost every year. That, combined with his multiple endorsement deals are how he has been able to sustain an income of almost $50 million a year and get the #1 spot on this list.