There was a phase where electronic dance music was the only music we regarded. The drops, the hype, the community––it was a culture we all loved and adored. Behind those beats and wonderful music are the DJs responsible for it. For years, they’ve brought the people a variety of music suited for any mood of the day––but really mostly excitement.
Some in the disc jockeys world become just as popular as their music because they’ve influenced their songs with their personalities––just the way the art of spinning should be executed. Some, however, have just gained notoriety through the years and have yet to fail. At this point, it isn’t even surprising just how much money they’re making. Let me tell you, the money they make is no joke. Want to find out who’s on top of the food chain? Well, lucky you, here’s a list of the top 10 richest DJs in the world!
Table of Contents
- 10. Paul Oakenfold – $65 million
- 9. Thomas Bangalter – $70 Million
- 8. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – $70 Million
- 7. Andrew Taggart – $70 Million
- 6. Alex Pall – $70 Million
- 5. David Guetta – $75 Million
- 4. Steve Aoki – $95 Million
- 3. Tiësto – $170 Million
- 2. Gianluca Vacchi – $200 Million
- 1. Calvin Harris – $300 Million
10. Paul Oakenfold – $65 million
Paul Mark Oakenfold is an English record producer and one of the most talented trance DJs out there. Despite ranking tenth (not an inch of insult there), he is a two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time World Music Awards nominee. During the succeeding years of 1998 and 1999, he was voted to be the No. 1 DJ in the World by DJ Magazine.
At 57 years old, Oakenfold has given the disc jocking world the life it deserved back then. Over the span of his very long career, Oakenfold stands tall with a net worth of $65 million––ranking him the 10th richest DJ in the world. Not a bad start, eh?
9. Thomas Bangalter – $70 Million
Thomas Bangalter is a French musician, record producer, singer, songwriter, composer, film director, and of course, DJ. Not much to be said other than he serves as half of the French house music duo, Daft Punk––the same Daft Punk responsible for the song ‘Get Lucky’ featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
Throughout his fruitful career, he has amassed a whopping $70 million in net worth.
8. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo – $70 Million
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo is also a French musician, record producer, singer, songwriter, film director, and of course, DJ. Wait, is this deja vu? Oh, surprise! Guy-Manuel is the other half of Daft Punk––the same Daft Punk responsible for the song ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Strong’ to which I’m sure you’ve heard back in the day.
Either this format of writing seems all too familiar or I’ve just written about his partner, Thomas Bangalter, previously. Either way, the Daft Punk duo has made its way to the list of the richest DJs in the world!
7. Andrew Taggart – $70 Million
Andrew Taggart is an American DJ and what a surprise this is! Another half of Daf––oh, he’s not? Oh, he’s one half of The Chainsmokers duo! Don’t worry, his partner is also featured on the list. Since 2012, Taggart and his partner, Alex Pall, have been bringing out absolute bangers of EDM music like ‘Closer’ and ‘Something Just Like This’.
With a net worth of $70 million, you could say his career as a disc jockey has been worthwhile.
6. Alex Pall – $70 Million
Alex Pall is an American DJ and the other half of The Chainsmokers partnership. Unlike Taggart, Pall isn’t only fulfilling his dreams of becoming the biggest DJ in the world, but he’s also an actor. Aforementioned, he and Taggart have been producing EDM music since 2012 with the likes of ‘Roses’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down’.
Believe me, the duo has found huge success in it as well. Considering Pall’s net worth of also $70 million, he’s tied with his partner and the Daft Punk duo.
5. David Guetta – $75 Million
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you David Guetta––one of the pioneers of the EDM revolution. The Frech DJ, songwriter, record producer, and remixer co-founded Gum Productions alongside Jean-Charles Carré and Joachim Garraud.
His very first album, ‘Just a Little More Love,’ was released in 2002. Yes, a whopping 19 years ago! At this stage of his career, anyone who knows EDM knows about the genius of David Guetta. Renowned as one of the most famous DJs in the world, seeing him at number five on the list despite his long tenure speaks loud of how loyal the community is to their legends while never forgetting to support the rookies.
4. Steve Aoki – $95 Million
Ah, yes, Steve Aoki––the man, the myth, the legend. Many myths have been made regarding the creation of this human. Some say he was born from the DJ set itself while some say he was conceived by the disc gods. Kidding aside, Steven Hiroyuki is an American electro house musician, record producer, music executive, and DJ (duh).
Aoki is well-known in the community as he already has several Billboard-placing studio albums and songs. Case in point: Wonderland, an album nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album during the Grammy Awards in 2013.
Not only is he one of the most purely talented DJs across the planet, but he also has one of the kindest hearts. He is the founder of the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund which aims to raise money for global humanitarian relief operations. How cool is Steve Aoki?!
With a net worth of $95 million, he’s well ahead of the previous bunch.
3. Tiësto – $170 Million
Now we’re in big boy territory. Tijs Michiel Verwest, most commonly known as Tiësto, is a Dutch DJ, record producer, and has one of the coolest names in the disc jockey universe. At a young age, Tiësto would be the DJ for school parties. A few years later, he found himself spinning for several clubs in his home country of the Netherlands.
In 1994, that’s when he really broke out––releasing song after song. The rest is history recorded through songs like ‘Red Lights’ and his project with Aoki, ‘Tornado’.
A net worth of $170 million surely puts you on the top three of the list, but there are still two more ahead.
2. Gianluca Vacchi – $200 Million
Gianluca Vacchi is an Italian DJ and a very famous social media personality. At this point, he’s more famous for his lifestyle than his work on the disc––but no. He was a genius spinner. At 53 years old, Vacchi and his tattooed, bad-boy physique is running with second place on the richest DJ list with $200 million to his name.
1. Calvin Harris – $300 Million
Sitting comfortably at first is none other than Calvin Harris. The Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, and producer has made a name for himself in the DJ world. Adam Richard Wiles, also known as Calvin Harris, was born in Dumfries, Scotland but now resides in Los Angeles.
When he was young, Harris would be designated to stack shelves in supermarkets and work for a local fish factory just so he can afford his gear for spinning discs. Eventually, he finally got the chance to produce records and even caught the eye of Three Six Zero Group who later signed him.
Now, Calvin Harris is worth $300 million––a hundred million ahead of Vacchi. He truly is the savior of the genre.
Well then, that concludes the list of the richest DJs in the world. Who would’ve thought that mixing tracks and making people jump to the skies would lead to an insanely large amount of cash? Now you know.
Anyway, here’s a quick list of the 10 richest DJs in the world:
- Calvin Harris ($300 million)
- Gianluca Vacchi ($200 million)
- Tiësto ($170 million)
- Steve Aoki ($95 million)
- David Guetta ($75 million)
- Alex Pall ($70 million)
- Andrew Taggart ($70 million)
- Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo ($70 million)
- Thomas Bangalter ($70 million)
- Paul Oakenfold ($65 million)