Playing music at nightclubs, festivals, stadiums or at any raves is pure art. With their great collections, Disc Jockeys, otherwise known as DJs can make the day a charming and memorable one for those in attendance.
Like any good art, these DJs are worth their time in every sense for entertaining their target audience. The successful ones are among the most well compensated personalties in the entertainment industry.
Below are the current top 10 richest of these DJs in the world:
28-year-old Hardwell (real name Robbert van de Corput) is a Dutch big room house and electro house DJ. He started his career only 10 years ago and three years later in 2009, he earned the appearance in the Ultra Music Festival. In 2013 and 2014, he was voted the World’s number one DJ on DJ Mag. His regular gig is at the famous Hakkassan club Las Vegas. His video stream on YouTube have more than 100 million views. He is reported to be worth $9.5 million
This 28-year-old (real name Sonny John Moore) American Electronic music producer and DJ has earned an estimated $15 million from his art. He started his career in 2001 releasing his debut album in 2004. Skrillex who was a one time lead singer in the U.S. post-hardcore band From First to Last (2004) has won a total of eight Grammy Awards in his career, a world record by any Electronic Dance Music artist. He performs a popular club in Las Vegas.
8. Deadmau 5
35-year-old Deadmau 5 whose real name is Joel Thomas Zimmerman is famous for his oversize mouse helmet. He decided to adopt the name Deadmau5, which referred to a dead mouse after he found one in his computer. Deadmau 5, a Canadian who produces a variety of styles within the house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic music makes all his performance very dazzling. He has received six Grammy nominations for his work and is worth a cool $18 million.
This 45-year-old American DJ with a stage name of Kaskade, Ryan Gary Raddon was ranked as the best DJ in U.S. in 2011 and 2013. He released his first single, What I Say, in 2001. Kaskade became hit it big and became popular during the revival of American progressive house in late 2008 and early 2009. At age 19, Kaskade served a two-year full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan until 1992. He’s worth an estimated $20 million.
The real name of this 28-year-old Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer is Nick Van De Wall. Afrojack who is partly of Surinamese descent developed interest at an early age of 5 when he started playing the piano. Afrojack who is from a single-parent household studied graphic design for a year before embarking on a career as DJ at the age of 14. He released his debut album Forget the World in 2014. He’s worth a nice $20 million.
5. David Guetta
48-year-old David Guetta is a French DJ, record producer and remixer. In 2002, he released his maiden album, Just a little more love, before releasing other love albums, Pop Life and Guetta Blaster. It was however in 2009 with the release of his album, One Love, that he hit it big. He has sold over nine million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. In 2011 he was voted as the number one DJ in the ‘DJ Mag Top 100 DJs’ fan poll He’s worth $30 million.
4. Armin Van Buuren
This famous 39-year-old music producer, musician, pianist, songwriter and former number one world DJ is from the Netherlands. He is well known for his excellence in remixing songs, music composition and song writing. He has a successful radio show, A state of Trance, which commands a massive following with 37 million weekly listeners in 84 countries. This radio show has propelled him to international stardom and helped cultivate an interest in trance music around the world. He’s worth an estimated $40 million.
3. Calvin Harris
The 32-year-old Adam Richard Wiles but professionally known as Calvin Harris is a DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter and remixer from Scotland, UK. He is reported to charge a fee of $2 million to make a party sizzle and dazzle. In 2007, he released a debut album, I created disco, which gained instant success. This was followed by few more successful albums. He has collaborated with successful artists like Kylie Minogue and Rihanna.. He’s worth $46 million.
26-year-old Avicii, also known as Tim Bergling is a Swedish electronic musician, DJ, Remixer and record producer. Avicii who has been nominated twice for the Grammy Awards started his career with Dejfitts Plays label in 2007. In 2011, he released Levels which launched him into the mainstream, and in 2013, he released his debut studio album, True in 2013, followed by Stories in 2015. 2013, Avicii also released “Three Million” to mark the three millionth fan on his Facebook page. He’s worth an estimated $48 million.
The 47-year-old Tijs Michel Verwest, famously known as Tiesto, who is from the Netherlands is the richest DJ in the world. He was also voted World No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine consecutively for three years from 2002–04. Tiesto got to the limelight and the mainstream audience in 2000 with his remix of Delerium’s Silence. In 2001, he released his first solo album, In My Memory which gave him several major hits that launched his career. He performs with the famous Hakkasan club in Las Vegas and is worth $75 million.