DJs Tiesto, Skrillex & Pauly D Among Forbes’ New ‘World’s Highest-Paid DJs’ List


Forbes comes with another new list this week, unveiling the “World’s Highest-Paid DJs”, and it’s electronica deejays who rule all.

Electronic dance music (aka EDM) has taken over on a global scale, and has crossed over into other genres, and the DJs leading the way are raking in the profits. As’s report points out, in 2011, Skrillex headlined Coachella; last month, Deadmau5 ended up on the cover of Rolling Stone; and last week, Kaskade became the first electronic act to sell out the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Those feats are evident that dance music is quite lucrative.

Topping the newly released list by Forbes is Dutch-born DJ Tiesto, with earnings of $22 million, which come from a average nightly gross of $250,000. Behind him is California native Skrillex, who ranks second with $15 million, followed by Scandinavian trio, Swedish House Mafia, which recently disbanded despite pulling in an estimated $14 million.

24-year-old Skrillex is credited with helping put dubstep on the musical map, and earning three Grammys.

At #3 is French DJ, David Guetta, with $13.5 million, thanks to his 2011 crossover album, Nothing but the Beat, and endorsements with Renault and HP. And Steve Aoki lands at #5 with $12 million.

Also on the top 10 list is “Jersey Shore” star, DJ Pauly D, who lands at #7 with $11 million in annual earnings.

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Below is the breakdown:

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
8. Kaskade – $10 million
9. Afrojack – $9 million
10. Avicii – $7 million

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