An incredible music career has led EDM giant Tiësto to break boundary after boundary, from playing record-breaking 12-hour shows in Amsterdam to being the first DJ to spin at the Olympic Games. Artists such as Armin Van Buuren and Ferry Corsten saw their rise to popularity after being included in his compilation albums, and his influence continues to reflect across the entire electronic scene.
Born Tijs Michiel Verwest in 1969 in the Netherlands, DJ Tiësto has since dropped the “DJ” and opted for simply “Tiësto,” a twist on his childhood nickname. After years spent collaborating with artist Ferry Corsten, Tiësto split in 2000 to pursue what would turn out to be a very successful studio career.
The 2001 release of In My Memory marked the beginning of his rise to popularity, followed by Just Be in 2004, and the explosively popular Elements of Life in 2007. Tiësto traveled the globe that year to promote the album in his Elements of Life Tour, which sold out stadiums across the globe and inspired a DVD.
Tiësto did it again in 2009 with Kaleidoscope, his fourth studio album, which reached the top 10 chart on iTunes in its first week. He’s been featured in video games DJ Hero 1 and 2, the latter of which offered him as a playable character. This massively successful touring and studio career left him with the highest net worth of any DJ, at $65 million.
Already a legend among legends, Tiësto continues his reign of dance music and will for years to come.