Forbes has published their take on the world’s highest paid DJs, and Tiësto came out on top, followed by Skrillex & Swedish House Mafia.
Though these Electronic Cash Kings hail from all over the globe, they’ve got at least one thing in common: they all make the bulk of their money by touring.
Often toting nothing more than a USB stick and a pair of Pioneer CDJs, their production costs are often negligible, unlike rockers and pop stars who typically take home just one-third of gross ticket sales.
Here’s the full list:
The 10 Highest-Paid DJs In 2012
- Tiësto – $22m (£14m)
- Skrillex – $15m (£9.7m)
- Swedish House Mafia – $14m (£9m)
- David Guetta – $13.5m (£8.7m)
- Steve Aoki – $12m (£7.7m)
- Deadmau5 – $11.5m (£7.4m)
- DJ Pauly D – $11m (£7.1m)
- Kaskade – $10m (£6.5m)
- Afrojack – $9m (£5.8m)
- Avicii – $7m (£4.5m)
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