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The Richest DJs in the World

Who are the richest DJ’s in the world?

When it comes to the music business, DJ’s probably aren’t the first people you think of having all the riches. After all, what with the likes of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ice Cube and so on, nothing else quite stacks up.

However, you might be surprised by some of the money these DJ’s are pulling in!

We’ve put together a compilation of the richest DJ’s in the world, but before you continue reading, have a guess as to who you think is going to appear below.

 

The Top 30 Richest DJ’s in the World

Here are the top 30 richest DJ’s of all time, as of 2020. We’ve pulled all their net worth estimates directly from CelebrityNetworth.com:

 

30. Eddie Piolin Sotelo

Net Worth: $25 Million

Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, is a Mexican radio broadcaster. He currently hosts the nationally syndicated radio show El Show De Piolín on Entravision.

As of 2020, Eddie Piolin Sotelo’s net worth is estimated to be $25 million.

 

29. Diplo

Net Worth: $26 Million

Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known by his stage name Diplo, is an American DJ, songwriter, and record producer.

As of 2020, Diplo’s net worth is estimated to be $26 million.

“It’s never too late to change your luck.” – Diplo

 

28. Sebastian Ingrosso

Net Worth: $30 Million

Sebastian Ingrosso is a Swedish DJ and record producer. He’s also a member of Swedish House Mafia, together with Axwell and Steve Angello, who also appear on this list.

As of 2020, Sebastian Ingrosso’s net worth is estimated to be $30 million.

“Turn off your head and turn on your heart.” – Sebastian Ingrosso

 

27. Ferry Corsten

Net Worth: $30 Million

Ferry Corsten is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer. He’s known for being one of the trance genre pioneers between the 1990s–2000s. This was back in a time when he was performing under several different aliases.

As of 2020, Ferry Corsten’s net worth is estimated to be $30 million.

“Trance is the kind of music that puts smiles on people’s faces. It’s designed to make people feel great and forget about the trouble that they may face every day.” – Ferry Corsten

 

26. Fatboy Slim

Net Worth: $30 Million

Norman Quentin Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, is an English musician, DJ, and record producer who helped to popularise the big beat genre in the 1990s.

As of 2020, Fatboy Slim’s net worth is estimated to be $30 million.

“A good DJ is always looking at the crowd, seeing what they’re like, seeing whether it’s working; communicating with them. Smiling at them. And a bad DJ is always looking down at what they’re doing all the time and just doing their thing that they practiced in their bedroom.” – Fatboy Slim

 

25. Axwell

Net Worth: $30 Million

Axel Christofer Hedfors, better known as Axwell, is a Swedish DJ, record producer, remixer and owner of Axtone Records. Axwell is also a member of Swedish House Mafia, alongside Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello.

As of 2020, Axwell’s net worth is estimated to be $30 million.

“Underground dance music – in the nicest way possible – it’s amateur.” – Axwell

 

24. Alesso

Net Worth: $30 Million

Alessandro Renato Rodolfo Lindblad, commonly known by his stage name Alesso, is a Swedish DJ and record producer. He’s worked with a lot of the artists and DJs on this list.

As of 2020, Alesso’s net worth is estimated to be $30 million.

“Everyday people do everyday things but I can’t be one of them.” – Alesso

 

23. Pete Tong

Net Worth: $33 Million

Peter Michael Tong MBE is an English DJ who works for BBC Radio 1, where he is the host of ‘Essential Mix’ and ‘Essential Selection’. Before working on the radio, Tong played all around the world at events and nightclubs.

As of 2020, Pete Tong’s net worth is estimated to be $33 million.

“Stop blaming me when everything goes wrong.” – Pete Tong

 

22. Tom Joyner

Richest DJ's - Tom Joyner

Net Worth: $40 Million

Thomas Joyner is an American radio host, host of the nationally syndicated ‘The Tom Joyner Morning Show’, and also founder of Reach Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation, and BlackAmericaWeb.com.

Tom’s show has attracted plenty of baller advertisers such as McDonald’s, Chrysler Corporation, WalMart and Southwest Airlines.

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As of 2020, Tom Joyner’s net worth is estimated to be $40 million.

“We take five, one-week vacations a year, and those dates are set in stone.” – Tom Joyner

 

21. DJ Sasha

Richest DJ's - Sasha

Net Worth: $40 Million

Sasha is a Welsh DJ, record producer and Grammy Award nominee. He was voted World No. 1 DJ in 2000 in a poll conducted by DJ Magazine. He is a four-time International Dance Music Awards winner and four-time DJ Awards winner.

DJ Sasha has an estimated net worth of $40 million.

“You only have to love a thing greatly to get it.” – Sasha

 

20. Marshmello

Net Worth: $40 Million

Christopher Comstock, otherwise known as Marshmello, is an American electronic music producer and DJ. Marshmello is of course famous for wearing the huge marshmallow looking head while performing on stage.

It was originally thought that Comstock used this to help improve his public persona and recognition to elevate his career.

As of 2020, Marshmello’s net worth is estimated to be $40 million.

“Be like sun, keep on shining, and let the world burn.” – Marshmello

 

19. Judge Jules

Richest DJ's - Judge Jules

Net Worth: $42 Million

Judge Jules is a British dance music DJ, producer and entertainment lawyer. Known for his DJ activities, music production and popular radio show which achieved global success. He was voted the No. 1 DJ in the World by DJ Magazine in 1995.

Jules has made it onto the list of the richest DJ’s in the world with an estimated net worth of $42 million.

 

18. Zedd

Richest DJ's - Zedd

Net Worth: $45 Million

Anton Zaslavski, known popular by his stage name Zedd, is a German record producer, DJ, and musician. Zedd was born in Russia, however he grew up in Germany, which is where his exciting career as a DJ all began.

As of 2020, Zedd’s net worth is estimated to be $45 million, making him the 18th richest DJ in the world.

“Being yourself is what will make you survive through anything. If you make music to please someone, it’s the first step in the wrong direction. Always do what you believe in, no matter what people say. Only way to go!” – Zedd

 

17. John Digweed

Richest DJ's - John Digweed

Net Worth: $48 Million

John Digweed is an English DJ, record producer and actor. DJ Magazine voted him World No 1 DJ in 2001.

John is now 50 years of age, and has had an incredibly successful career, currently leaving him sitting with an estimated net worth of $48 million.

“If you’re the biggest DJ in the world, you’re in a position where you can play stuff that people don’t know and blow people’s minds. But if you just chose to play stuff they know just to get a reaction, that’s just being lazy.” – John Digweed

 

16. Skrillex

Richest DJ's - Skrillex

Net Worth: $50 Million

Sonny John Moore, known professionally as Skrillex, is an American electronic dance music producer, DJ, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Skrillex’ style is very different to a lot of the other DJ’s out there, and that set him apart when trying to make a name for himself.

As of 2020, Skrillex’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million.

“I like doing things in a very minimal, unconventional way as a personal way of saying, ‘Look, I made a career out of carefully and CRAFT-FULLY, though unconventionally, making records on laptops and blown speakers.'” – Skrillex

 

15. Kaskade

Richest DJ's - Kaskade

Net Worth: $50 Million

Ryan Gary Raddon, known by his stage name Kaskade, is an American DJ, record producer and remixer.

As of 2020, Kaskade’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million.

“Listening to music is such an uplifting, spiritual thing. It’s far-fetched to some – I understand that. But the way dance music brings people together, it’s not a big stretch from hymns.” – Kaskade

 

14. Deadmau5

Richest DJ's - Deadmau5

Net Worth: $50 Million

Joel Thomas Zimmerman, better known by his stage name deadmau5, is a Canadian record producer and DJ from Toronto, Ontario.

Zimmerman has received six Grammy Award nominations for his work. He has worked with other DJs and producers, such as Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire and Wolfgang Gartner.

As of 2020, Deadmau5’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million, placing him at 14th on this list of the richest disk jockeys in the world.

“I was the least popular in my school. The less popular you are, the more time you have to work on your own thing as opposed to trying to fit into everybody else’s thing.” – Deadmau5

 

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13. Armin Van Buuren

Richest DJ's - Armin Van Buuren

Net Worth: $55 Million

Armin van Buuren is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer;

Van Buuren has won a number of accolades. He has been ranked the No. 1 DJ by DJ Mag a record of five times, four years in a row. He was ranked fourth on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s list in both 2016 and 2017.

As of 2020, Armin van Buuren’s net worth is estimated to be $55 million.

“You know, sometimes you’re jealous of other people and their achievements, and you wanna be that person, but I’ve come to realize that each individual on this planet has his own path.” – Armin Van Buuren

 

12. Paul van Dyk

Richest DJ's - Paul van Dyk

Net Worth: $60 Million

Matthias Paul, more commonly known as Paul van Dyk, is a German Grammy Award-winning DJ, record producer and musician.

He was named the World’s number one DJ in both 2005 and 2006, something only a handful of DJs have ever achieved. He was the first ever DJ to be named number one by Mixmag in 2005, and By 2008, he had sold over 3 million albums worldwide.

“I wouldn’t call myself a leader. I don’t want to lead people, I want to tempt them, I want to create a new world for them, just for that very small moment, when they are losing themselves in my music. I want to inspire them.” – Paul van Dyk

 

11. Afrojack

Richest DJ's - Afrojack

Net Worth: $60 Million

Afrojack is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer. In 2014, he released his debut album Forget the World. Afrojack regularly features in the top 10 of DJ Mag Top 100 DJs.

With an estimated net worth of $60 million, he’s become one of the richest DJ’s in the world.

“People need realness, reality. People can sense when someone is being pretentious or fake. It’s because you feel it; you see it in someone’s body language.” – Afrojack

 

10. Paul Oakenfold

Richest DJ's - Paul Oakenfold

Paul Oakenfold’s Net Worth: $65 Million

Paul Mark Oakenfold is an English record producer and trance DJ.

Oakenfold is a two time Grammy Award and two time World Music Awards nominee. He was also voted the No. 1 DJ in the World twice in 1998 and 1999 by DJ Magazine.

Over the span of his career, Paul has amassed a net worth of $65 million, making him the 10th Richest DJ in the world.

“When I started DJ’ing, it was no big thing. There was no money in DJ’ing, and you did it purely for the love of playing music.” – Paul Oakenfold

 

9. Thomas Bangalter

Richest DJ's - Thomas Bangalter

Net Worth: $70 Million

Thomas Bangalter, featured on the right above, is a French musician, record producer, singer, songwriter, DJ, composer and film director.

He’s the other half of the French house music duo Daft Punk, and has amassed a $70 million net worth through his career.

“The only secret to being in control is to have it in the beginning. Retaining control is still hard, but obtaining control is virtually impossible.” – Thomas Bangalter

 

8. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

Richest DJ's - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

Net Worth: $70 Million

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, featured on the left above, is a French musician, record producer, singer, songwriter, DJ and film director.

He’s best known for being one half of the French house music duo Daft Punk. The other half being Thomas Bangalter, who’s also featured on this list of the richest DJ’s in the world.

 

7. Andrew Taggart

Net Worth: $70 Million

Andrew Taggart is an American DJ, and one half of The Chainsmokers duo. His partner Alex Pall also features on this list. They’ve been producing EDM music under The Chainsmokers name since 2012.

As of 2020, Andrew Taggart’s net worth is estimated to be $70 million.

“No one should feel that they have to be perfect. And we can be role models if we own our mistakes.” – Andrew Taggart

 

6. Alex Pall

Net Worth: $70 Million

Alex Pall is an American DJ/Actor, and is one half of The Chainsmokers duo. The Chainsmokers started producing EDM music in 2012, and have had major success.

As of 2020, Alex Pall’s net worth is estimated to be $70 million, making him the 6th richest DJ in the world.

“We rage every night.” – Alex Pall

 

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5. David Guetta

Richest DJ's - David Guetta

Net Worth: $75 Million

David Guetta is a French DJ, songwriter, record producer and remixer. He co-founded Gum Productions with Jean-Charles Carré and Joachim Garraud, and released his first album ‘Just a Little More Love’, in 2002.

Anyone who knows what DJ’ing is has heard of David Guetta, that’s for sure. He is one of the most well known DJ’s worldwide, along with Calvin Harris featured on the top spot.

As of 2020, David Guetta’s net worth is estimated to be $75 million.

“My parents were extreme left so everything was against the system. I was walking barefoot in the streets of Paris when I was eight. When I started to DJ they hated it, because for them, nightclubs, and all of this life, was terrible and fake.” – David Guetta

 

4. Steve Aoki

Richest DJ's - Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki’s Net Worth: $95 Million

Steven Hiroyuki, otherwise known as Steve Aoki, is an American electro house musician, record producer, DJ, and music executive.

Aoki has released several Billboard-charting studio albums, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013. He is also the founder of the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, which raises money for global humanitarian relief organizations.

As of 2020, Steve Aoki’s net worth is estimated to be $95 million.

“I always tell up-and-coming DJs you have to really love what you do and find that interest to drive you. It requires so much attention to detail, and it takes up a lot of your time. You hear a song, and there are so many little pieces that make that song work. It requires a lot of patience, diligence and resilience.” – Steve Aoki

 

3. DJ Tiesto

Richest DJ's - DJ Tiesto

Net Worth: $170 Million

Tiesto, full name being Tijs Michiel Verwest, is a dutch DJ and record producer.

When Tijs was a teenager, he would DJ at school parties, and then at several clubs in the Netherlands a few years later. In 1994, he began to release his own songs, and that’s when his career began to take off.

Tiesto is 3rd on this list of the richest DJ’s in the world with an estimated net worth of $170 million.

“Since I was a kid, I always felt the need to share the music I love with as many people as possible, and DJing seemed like the perfect outlet.” – Tiesto

 

2. Gianluca Vacchi

Net Worth: $200 Million

Gianluca Vacchi is an Italian professional DJ and social media personality. He’s probably most famous for his lifestyle; despite being in his 50’s, he has a muscular tattooed physique, and is a bit of a playboy.

As of 2020, Gianluca’s net worth is estimated to be $200 million.

“There is always time to dream.” – Gianluca Vacchi

 

1. Calvin Harris

Richest DJ's - Calvin Harris

Net Worth: $300 Million

Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter and producer. His real name is Adam Richard Wiles. He was born in Dumfries, in Scotland, but now lives in Los Angeles, California.

When Adam was younger, he would stack shelves in supermarkets and work at a local fish processing factory in order to earn the money he needed for DJ gear.

He gradually began to produce records here and there, and eventually caught the eye of Three Six Zero Group, who signed him later on. Right now, Calvin Harris is the richest DJ in the world with a net worth of $300 million.

“Sometimes, it’s better to stop thinking and trust your instincts. That’s what I used to do when I first started making music, but as time goes on, you can sometimes over-intellectualise things.” – Calvin Harris

 

Summary

This concludes our list of the richest disk jockeys worldwide. Some of these DJs are worth insane amounts of cash. If you’re interested in learning more, Audio Captain put together a really detailed guide answering the popular question: “How much do DJs make?

Here’s a quick recap of the top 30 richest DJ’s in the world as of 2020:

  1. Calvin Harris
  2. Gianluca Vacchi
  3. DJ Tiesto
  4. Steve Aoki
  5. David Guetta
  6. Alex Pall
  7. Andrew Taggart
  8. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
  9. Thomas Bangalter
  10. Paul Oakenfold
  11. Afrojack
  12. Paul Van Dyk
  13. Armin Van Buuren
  14. Deadmau5
  15. Kaskade
  16. Skrillex
  17. John Digweed
  18. Zedd
  19. Judge Jules
  20. Marshmello
  21. DJ Sasha
  22. Tom Joyner
  23. Pete Tong
  24. Alesso
  25. Axwell
  26. Fatboy Slim
  27. Ferry Corsten
  28. Sebastian Ingrosso
  29. Diplo
  30. Eddie Piolin Sotelo

How many of the richest DJ’s in the world did you expect to appear on this list? Leave a comment below.

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