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Music August, 2 2012

Forbes List of World’s Highest Paid DJs – Steve Aoki, DJ Pauly D and More

Forbes has compiled its first list of the 10 highest paid DJs over the past 12 months. The obvious names such as Tiesto, Skrillex, Deadmau5 are all amongst the top 10, but as a surprise to us, The Jersey Shore’s DJ Pauly D has made the list, too.

Here is how Forbes came up with these numbers:

Our estimates include earnings from live shows—for many electronic artists, that often means more than $100,000 for a night’s work—and from recorded music sales, endorsements, merchandise sales and, in the case of DJ Pauly D, television (we included him on this list because, like his fellow Electronic Cash Kings, he makes at least half his cash from DJ gigs). Sources include Pollstar, RIAA, promoters, managers, lawyers and some of the artists themselves.

Anyway, check out the top 10 below:

1. Tiesto – $22 million

2. Skrillex – $15 million

3. Swedish House Mafia – $14 million

4. David Guetta – $13.5 million

5. Steve Aoki – $12 million

6. Deadmau5 – $11.5 million

7. DJ Pauly D – $11 million

8. Kaskade – $10 million

9. Afrojack – $9 million

10. Avicii – $7 million

 

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