Diplo is one of the highest-earning American DJ and music composer, who is the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dance-hall music project Major Lazer. Diplo also owns the record label Mad Decent. He is also one of electronic duo Jack Ü, along with DJ Skrillex.
He has produced and worked on mixtape projects with many popular artists which include Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Madonna, Shakira, and Beyoncé; to name a few. He is also the co-producer of several tracks on Madonna’s thirteenth studio album Rebel Heart. He has also built a video and recording studio, The Mausoleum, in Philadelphia. Almost a decade down the line, how much wealth has Diplo amassed? This article unveils the net worth of Diplo in 2018 in a moment.
Early Life & Biography:
The real name of Diplo is Thomas Wesley Pentz. Diplo is his nickname, shortened from his original DJ name Diplodocus. He was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on November 10, 1978. His parents Barbara Jean and Thomas Pentz had German and English ancestry.
He grew up in Miami. At 19, he attended the University of Central Florida. Later he enrolled himself in the Temple University of Philadelphia where he began moonlighting as a DJ in parties. He also released mix-tapes under the name Hooked on Hollertronix. One of which mix-tapes reached the New York Times top ten albums of 2003. During this time he brought the Brazilian dance music of the ghettos to prominence in his mix-tapes.
Diplo is married to Kathryn Lockhart, and the couple has two sons called Lockett and Lazer. Diplo is a soccer and cricket fan. He supports the US Men’s National Team, and Arsenal F.C. He also created a mix for the 2014 World Cup. The 2018 World Cup official song “Live It Up” has been produced by him. Politically, he supports the Democrats.
Since his childhood, he was fond of the friendly dinosaur diplodocuses, from which he took his nickname Diplo, and even has got it tattooed on his arm.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
In 2004, after being impressed by his songs M.I.A. approached Diplo, and he collaborated with her on a mix-tape, Piracy Funds Terrorism. They worked together for some time, and Diplo became her tour DJ during 2005. He also worked with DJ Switch and together created the hugely popular Paper Planes. It reached up to the #4 position in the Billboard 100 and was nominated for a Grammy. With these achievements, Diplo became a producer and collaborated with top artists, including Shakira, Bruno Mars, No Doubt and Snoop Dogg, and many more.
On a trip to Brazil, he was impressed with the favela music scene and brought a dance-funk group Bonde do Rolê to the US. He released their music on his Mad Decent record label. Later Mad Decent label released music by several other artists.
Diplo also kept producing for prominent artists like Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, to name a few. In 2015, he also released a single Be Right There, which was streamed over a million times on Spotify.
In 2016 Beyonce released her album Lemonade which rose to the number one spot on the US Billboard. In this album, Diplo had produced two tracks, All Night and Hold Up.
Diplo teamed up to make Jack Ü with Skrillex. On New Year Eve of 2014, Jack Ü had one of the biggest performances at Madison Square Garden. In 2016, the duo of Jack Ü won two Grammy Awards for Best Dance Album.
Diplo’s also collaborated with Switch, for the label Major Lazer. Switch left Major Lazer in 2011, and DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire joined in his place. In 2015, the third album from Major Lazer had its first single Lean On. This became the Most Streamed Song of All Time with over 800 million streams on Spotify. The video became one of the most viewed videos on YouTube with more than 2 billion views. Later, Lean On also achieved the double platinum status.
In 2016, the group released the single Cold Water, which was streamed over 200 million streams on Spotify, and became number one in several countries. Their next album titled Music is the Weapon will be released in 2018.
Diplo has been featured on the cover of the American entertainment media magazine Billboard in June 2016. Diplo also sang a song “Phurrr” in Bollywood film Jab Harry Met Sejal starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma.
Net Worth & Earnings:
Diplo has made fabulous earnings through his music. His album labels Major Lazer, collaboration under Jack U has achieved record-breaking popularity. He is the owner of the recording company Mad Descent and the recording and event studio “Mausoleum” has been a constant source of recurring income. His collaboration with top artists has helped him rake in money by millions. He has also invested in Phoenix Rising FC. Besides his tenure as a DJ with top stars in their concert, he also performs as celebrity DJ. His music and soundtrack have been used in video games and advertisements by top car manufacturer as well as several other companies.
He has also featured in Forbes lists as the top-earning DJs in the world. His estimated net worth is over $35 million. Diplo’s earnings of $28.5 million lands him at No. 6 on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid DJs of 2017.
From humble beginnings, Diplo has made a name for himself as one of the most well-known DJ’s and music producer in the world. He has achieved this through his musical talents and sheers hard work. He has successfully collaborated with the top singers and artists. There is hardly any artist with whom Diplo has not worked. He is a role-model for the DJs in the world who want to achieve fame and success like him.