August 2, 2012


Which DJs Are Making the Most Bank?

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic // Caitlin Mogridge/Redferns via Getty Images
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic // Caitlin Mogridge/Redferns via Getty Images

Forbes, that trusty magazine about rich people and rich people things, has released its first Electronic Cash Kings list, enumerating the highest-earning electronic dance music artists of the past year. Without further fanfare, begin a) groaning and reconsidering your life decisions or b) cheering on your favorite bass-droppers.

1. Tiesto: $22 million
2. Skrillex: $15 million
3. Swedish House Mafia: $14 million
4. David Guetta: $13.5 million
5. Steve Aoki: $12 million
6. Deadmau5: $11.5 million
7. DJ Pauly D: $11 million [half of which is from DJing, half from some obscure MTV program]
8. Kaskade: $10 million
9. Afrojack: $9 million
10. Avicii: $7 million

The list was created by assessing performance paychecks, music sales, endorsements and merchandising. To read more about Forbes' methodology and what they make of the EDM craze and what it means for riches and richness, head here. This new list notably departs from an earlier rundown of the top 30 DJs ranked by net worth—but that one was conducted by and blatantly conflicted in some ways with this no doubt meticulously researched Forbes list. Skrillex made $15 million in the last year but is only with $2 million? Does not compute.