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Forget Getting Your Kid into Pro Sports. The Real Money is in DJing.

Forbes, a publication besotted with lists of how much money people make, has issued its estimations of the highest-paid DJs (spinners, not us lowly radio people) in the world. Not bad for learning to program a laptop, right? (All figures in USD.)

1. Calvin Harris ($48,500,000)
2. Tiesto ($39,000,000)
3. The Chainsmokers ($38,000,000)
4. Skrillex ($30,000,000)
5. Steve Aoki ($29,500,000)
6. Diplo ($28,500,000)
7. David Guetta ($25,000,000)
8. Marshmello ($21,000,000)
9. Martin Garrix ($19,500,000)
10. Zedd ($19,000,000)

Regular instrument-playing musicians can only look upon that list and weep. Forget pushing your kid into pro sports so he/she can support you in your old age. Get ’em a laptop and a couple of decks.


Alan Cross

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