Forbes Ranks the Incomes of the World’s Biggest DJs

Screw hoping your kid becomes a professional athlete.  Give him/her some DJ equipment.  A guy like Deadmau5 can command $200,000 a night.  It could be your smartest retirement investment.

Forbes has ranked the highest-paid DJs on the planet using estimates from 2013.  Here’s how they stack up:

  1. Calvin Harris:  $46 million
  2. Tiësto:  $32 million
  3. David Guetta:  $30 million
  4. Swedish House Mafia:  $25 million
  5. Deadmau5: $21 million
  6. Avicii:  $20 million
  7. Afrojack:  $18 million
  8. Armin van Buuren:  $17 million
  9. Skrillex:  $16 million
  10. Kaskade: $16 million
  11. Steve Aoki:  $14 million
  12. DJ Pauly D:  $13 million
  13. Diplo:  $13 million





Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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