Forbes Announces the 12 Top Earning DJ’s of 2016
Forbes has revealed the top twelve richest DJ’s of 2016. And we have it here in a comprehensive list:
1. Calvin Harris – $63 million
In addition to his modeling career, Harris is the highest paid DJ in Las Vegas at $400,000 per gig.
2. Tiesto – $38 million
The Dutch DJ played over 100 six figure gigs across the world this year and he’s sponsored by 7up.
3. David Guetta – $28 million
In 2016 David Guetta composed the theme music for the Euro soccer tournament and was a top earner in Vegas.
4. Zedd – $24.5 million
In addition to his partnership with Guitar Center, Zedd plays a lot of lucrative nightclub and festival shows.
5. Steve Aoki – $23.5 million
Steve Aoki played at least 198 DJ sets this year and scored part of the soundtrack to the Angry Birds movie.
6. Diplo – $23 million
Diplo produced albums for everyone including Madonna in 2016, plus Major Lazer’s “Lean On” was in the Top 100.
7. Skrillex – $20 million
Skrillex produced the bulk of Justin Bieber’s latest LP.
8. Kaskade – $19 million
Nowadays you don’t hear about Kaskade too often, but he spent three quarters of this year touring the world.
9. Martin Garrix – $16 million
One of EDM’s youngest rising stars, Garrix managed to accumulate millions of dollars in 2016.
10. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike – $15.5 million
Brother DJ duo, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, pooled in a cool $15.5 million this year.
11. Afrojack – $15 million
Afrojack augments his tour income with sponsorships and licensing deals with brands like G-Star Denim.
12. Avicii – $14.5 million
Avicii, the “poorest” DJ on this list, retired from DJing (for now) but still has deals with Volvo and Ralph Lauren.
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