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Richest DJs In The World list feels dubious again

Back in 2012, the Celebrity Net Worth website (tagline: ‘Compare Yourself To Your Favourite Celebrity’) published a list of ‘The Richest DJs In The World’. In the site’s own words, the article was viewed “over a million times” in 48 hours with new servers brought in to cope with the traffic, such is the apparent interest in what top-tier dance acts earn. As we wrote at the time, “With plenty of zeros thrown around and not a great deal of hard evidence, it’s an article that calls for a dump-truck of salt.”

Not long after, U.S. business magazine Forbes followed suit, publishing its own ‘Electronic Cash Kings’ list. Its top five differed from the Celebrity Net Worth list, with Forbes pinning Tiesto, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta and Steve Aoki as the leading money-spinners. Deadmau5 loudly rubbished that round-up, too: “You’re putting the whole industry on one article written by one dude, who does not have access to any of our accounts.”

Well now it’s time for Celebrity Net Worth to get back in the game with its 2013 round-up of ‘The Richest Electronic DJs In The World’. The data, they write, has been calculated taking into account all music sales, merchandise, touring revenue, licensing, endorsements, real estate and royalties. “We obtained that information from all publicly available sources, promoters, managers, club owners and, in some cases, the artists themselves,” the preamble continues.

Once again, question marks are dotted throughout this list. According to Celebrity Net Worth’s sources, Judge Jules, Sasha and John Digweed have made more than pop go-to-guy David Guetta and the individual members of the Swedish House Mafia (who set out on the highly-lucrative ‘One Last Tour’ of arenas) in the past year. We’d also be surprised if Calvin Harris – the hit-maker who recently set a new UK chart record with eight home-runs from the one album – is sitting down in the 22nd spot. Here it is…what do you make of it?

#1: Tiesto – $75 million

#2: Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk) – $60 million

#3: Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) – $60 million

#4: Paul Oakenfold – $58 million

#5: Paul van Dyk – $52 million

#6: John Digweed – $45 million

#7: Armin Van Buuren – $40 million

#8: Judge Jules – $42 million

#9: Sasha – $40 million

#10: Pete Tong – $32 million

#11: Moby – $30 million

#12: David Guetta – $30 million

#13: Steve Aoki – $28 million

#14: Fatboy Slim – $23 million

#15: The Chemical Brothers – $20 million

#16: Ferry Corsten – $19 million

#17: Deadmau5 – $18 million

#18: Carl Cox – $16 million

#19: Skrillex – $16 million

#20: Benny Benassi – $15 million

#21: DJ Pauly D – $15 million (Sad but true)

#22: Sven Vath – $14 million

#23: Jeffrey Sutorius (Dash Berlin) – $13.5 million

#24: Calvin Harris – $13 million

#25: Avicii – $12 million

#26: Afrojack – $11 million

#27: Kaskade – $10 million

#28: Sebastian Ingrosso (Swedish House Mafia) – $10 million

#29: Steve Angello (Swedish House Mafia) – $10 million

#30: Axwell (Swedish House Mafia) – $10 million

#31: Hardwell – $9.5 million

#32: Darude – $9 million

#33: ATB aka Andre Tanneberger – $8.5 million

#34: Richie Hawtin – $8.5 million

#35: Jono Grant (Above & Beyond) – $8 million

#36: Paavo Siljamí¬§ki (Above & Beyond) – $8 million

#37: Tony McGuinness (Above & Beyond) – $8 million

#38: Gareth Emery – $7 million

#39: Diplo – $6.5 million

#40: Erick Morillo – $6 million

#41: Alesso – $6 million

#42: Martin Solveig – $5 million

#43: Eric Prydz – $4.5 million

#44: Markus Schulz – $4 million

#45: Mark Knight – $4 million

#46: Adam Beyer – $3 million

#47: Danny Tenaglia – $3 million

#48: Bad Boy Bill – $2.5 million

#49: Little Louie Vega – $2 million

#50: Morgan Page – $2 million