Every year, Forbes releases its list of ‘The World’s Highest-Paid DJs’ and every year, Calvin Harris completely obliterates his competition. According to the business publication, the Scottish DJ/producer brought in $66 million over the past 12 months. This insane amount of cash comes from things like his studio album, massive Las Vegas residency and endorsement deals. Calvin Harris told Forbes, “The rise of dance music has been astronomical … I happened to be in the right place at the right time”.
Coming in at number 2 is David Guetta, who just narrowly avoids being doubled by Harris with an impressive $37 million. Tiësto claims the 3rd spot with $36 million and Skrillex and Steve Aoki round out the top 5, as they are tied with $24 million.
According to Forbes:
Our earnings estimates include income from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales, recorded music sales and external business ventures. Sources include Nielsen, Songkick, Pollstar, RIAA, promoters, managers, lawyers and some of the artists themselves.
Check out the full list below and for more ‘Highest-Paid DJs’ coverage, check out Forbes’ in-depth feature.
Forbes’ Highest-Paid DJs Of 2015
1. Calvin Harris – $66 million
2. David Guetta – $37 million
3. Tiësto – $36 million
T4. Skrillex – $24 million
T4. Steve Aoki – $24 million
6. Avicii – $19 million
7. Kaskade – $18 million
T8. Martin Garrix – $17 million
T8. Zedd – $17 million
10. Afrojack – $16 million
T11. deadmau5 – $15 million
T11. Diplo – $15 million
Near misses: Alesso, Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren, Nervo, DJ Snake, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Krewella.