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World's Highest-Paid DJs

Written by QuotesLyfe | Updated on: January 17, 2021


World's Highest-Paid DJs

Check this list of highest-paid DJs in the World. Without a doubt, Shaq is on top of the list. Paris Hilton and Calvin Harris are at second and third positions, respectively.

Disc Jockey, commonly known as DJ has been evolved into a full-fledged profession in recent years. EDM or electronic dance music genre has progressed mostly appealing to wider audiences. DJs remix many other pieces of music to create their music. Many DJs love to perform while others remain behind the scenes. Here is a list of some popular DJs worldwide: 


According to him sports and music are the two things that bring people together. Shaq is 7 feet tall and is more than 300 pounds and therefore the biggest man behind the DJ booth. His net worth is $400 million, and he is well known for being good at heart.  

Paris Hilton

She has made a bit of success behind the DJ booth. Paris is the highest-paid female DJ in the world with a net worth of $300 million. Hilton is a pioneer in everything she does and paved the way for her social media influencers. She loves genres like techno-pop, deep house, and electro-pop. According to Hilton, she has always been a tech geek in her approach to editing and playing. 

Calvin Harris

Adam Richard Wiles is known by the stage name of Calvin Harris. He is the highest earning Scottish DJ. He has been active since the early 2000s and has made more than many other DJs. His songs have reached the top position on U.S. charts. He is also one of the younger DJs on the list. He has worked with Ellie Goulding on several projects. His net worth is $220 million. According to Forbes, he made $48 million in 2018. 


Tijs Michiel Verwest OON aka Tiesto is a Dutch DJ. He is one of the highest DJs ever and has been in the industry for 25 years. He releases music and gives consistent performances in the trance genre. He has won Grammy for his mixing of “ALL OF ME”. He has also created music in ever-changing styles. According to the FORBES estimate, Tiesto made $33 million in 2018 and has $150 million in net worth.  

Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki is an American DJ and is popularly known for his production and DJing. For his album wonderland, he was nominated for Grammy Award. He has been working on Neon Future, which is a series of the album. In his 20s, Aoki started a record label and named it Dim Mak. He made music with many vocalists over the years. According to FORBES, he made $28 million in 2018 and his net worth is $75 million.  

David Guetta

Pierre David Guetta is a popular French DJ. He has collaborated with several artists like Nicki Minaj, Avicii, Sia, and Grey, etc. He has produced many genres and is one of the popular electronic artists in the world. He started running club nights after the beginning of his music career and released his first single. In the FORBES list of 2018, he was in the 8th position among the highest-earning DJs and made $15 million in 2018. His net worth is $75 million.  

Thomas Bangalter

Thomas Bangalter is the main part of Daft Punk and had been a part of other groups, such as stardust. He works in harmony with Guy- Manuel as they have a similar outlook on music. He has his music label- Roule and is a film director as well. He started playing the piano at the age of 6. He has a net worth of $70 million and brings millions of revenues through his performance with Guy- Manuel.  

Paul Oakenfold

The man with the longest career in the electronic music industry since the 1980s. Paul Oakenfold has remixed more than 100 songs. He is from London and has been performing in Europe and Japan. He has been nominated for the prestigious Grammy award three times. He has won several awards and has been nominated for several other awards as well. His net worth is $65 million.  


Nick van de Wall aka Afrojack started learning piano at the age of 5 years. He earned millions of dollars just by releasing one album. He created his record label and gave it a name- Wall Recordings. Afrojack is a Dutch DJ and is among the top 10 DJs. He has collaborated with David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and many other DJs. He earned $10 million in 2018 and has a net worth of $60 million.  

Paul Van Dyk

Paul Van Dyk is a German DJ and his real name is Matthias Paul. He has produced a huge library in the trance Genre, general electronic music, and video games like DJ Hero and Mirror’s Edge. During his career, he has produced eight albums, singles, and remixes in a variety of Genres. He has his record label named Vandit. He makes a net worth of more than $60 million.  

Armin Van Buuren

Armin Jozef Jacobus Daniël van Buuren OON is a Dutch DJ and started pricing music in his early teens. He soon transitioned into DJing and became a huge success. He created a program named The State of Trance and it gained popularity in few years. He has a staggering net worth of $55 million.  


Joel Thomas Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 is a popular Canadian DJ. He has been in the industry in the last 20 years, has produced a massive amount of music, and performed in various venues. He works majorly alongside Kaskade. His charm translates directly into his music which is different from anyone else. He has a significant worth of $53 million.  


Kaskade is an American DJ and his real name is Ryan Garry Raddon. He has worked with vocalists like Skylar Grey and Mindy Gledhill. He has produced many singles and many albums. He made $13.5 million in 2018 and was in ninth place on the FORBES list of highest-earning DJs. His net worth is $50 million.  


He was one of the most influential DJs and the world was devasted by his death. He inspired many artists. A music album bearing his name TIM was released in 2019 after he took his life in 2018. His music will be felt for years. He was being valued at over $50 million before he died.  

John Digweed

Thomas John Digweed is an English DJ and he belongs from Hastings. Since 1989, he has been active in the industry. He has collaborated with many other artists but majorly with Sasha. He also formed a group with Sasha in 1993 and they have released many singles and albums together. In 2001 DJ Magazine’s list he was voted number one. At present, his total net worth is $48 million.  


Sonny John Moore aka Skrillex was born and raised in California. He started releasing electronic music in the dubstep Genre. He has been nominated 12 times for Grammy and has won the right of them. He has made up a net worth of $45 million.  

Due to business practices and pop music many DJs get labeled as “sellouts”. Through their music and performances, DJs are making millions of dollars, which itself is an unassailable fact. For years, DJs have adapted into something broader. 


Checked the list of the top 10 highest paid DJ in the world.

Co-author: Shraddha Thuwal

Shraddha Thuwal is the author of the book “Let us Conquer over weakness”. She is a blogger and her work has been published in various anthologies. By writing, she aims to reach out to people, create awareness and create a positive impact globally.


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