Show me the millions: Skrillex & Tiesto make Forbes power list
It ain’t easy being David Guetta. You sell an avalanche of records, amass 32 million fans on Facebook, tour tirelessly and even build a bridge between white people and black people, and still you can’t make it The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities list alongside Larry the freakin’ Cable Guy.
Sadly, though, that’s how the numbers-crunchers at Forbes have called it. The 2012 list comes with its predictable top-heavy cast – Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and curiously Jennifer Lopez in the #1 spot – but they’ve kept two places for a couple of dance music’s top-earners: Tiesto and Skrillex.
Following last year’s report by The Wall Street Journal that Tiesto makes $20 million a year, he’s ratcheted that up to $23 million to make the #84 spot. His secret? Constant touring. “The Dutch DJ grosses $250,000 per night on average; low production costs let him keep the bulk of that sum,” reads the Forbes spiel. “With over 100 shows in the past year, he’s the top-earning electronic musician on our list; he also benefits from a strong social media presence that includes over 1 million Twitter followers and 12 million Facebook fans.” According to Forbes’ ranking, Tiesto is one peg more Powerful than Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling – deduce from that what you will.
As for the ever-divisive Skrillex, he’s a ‘self-made’ yearly earner of $15 million. “The side-mulleted DJ also cashed in on over 150 concerts spread across 16 countries in the past 12 months,” reads his blurb. Both guys are listed as ‘Marital Status: Single’, if you’re interested. Head here for the full list, if you’re dying to know what Tim Allen and Ray Romano still earn.