These Are This Year’s Highest-Paid DJs

Forbes has named their annual DJ moneymaking power list, and like last year, the figures that have been amassed might shock some of you. Like the year before, it's Calvin Harris who reigns supreme with $66 million in annual earnings. And how did he make so much money again? According to the business publication, he served 125 gigs over the scoring period, including performances at Coachella and in Las Vegas, for his multi-year deal at Hakkasan, America's biggest nightclub. Speaking to Forbes, Harris commented:

"The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years… I happened to be in the right place at the right time."

It was a good year for DJs indeed as the top ten earners combined for $268 million in 2014, 11 percent more than last year's $241 million total. It is also worth pointing out that the breakup of the Swedish House Mafia has been a smart decision, monetary-wise. The trio's ex-members are now doing better solo than they did together. For instance,. Steve Angello alone earned in $12 million, placing number 12on the 2014 list. Check out the list below and head over to Forbes to get a more detailed scoop on the earning of the respective names.

1. Calvin Harris $66 million
2. David Guetta $30 million
3. (TIE) Avicii $28 million; Tiesto $28 million
5. Steve Aoki $23 million
6. Afrojack $22 million
7. Zedd $21 million
8. Kaskade $17 million
9. Skrillex $16.5 million
10. Deadmau5 $16 million
11. Hardwell $13 million
12. (TIE) Armin van Buuren $13 million; Steve Angello $12 million

By: Petar Kujundzic / News / August 20, 2014 / 9476 Views
  • swagonmyass

    check my music out :c

  • totescharlred

    sausage fest yet again. ugh.

  • izaat

    they are producers.. not DJs..

  • Adnan Jakubovic

    Why I'm not in this list ? :D

  • DJ

    Then again, what is a dj? Then again, let's not discuss this topic since you said something like that in the first place. Have a nice day..!

  • wall street


    $8.5 MILLION


    $12 MILLION


  • Isku

    I'm no financial expert but the tie between armin and steve is not really a tie if the difference is a million dollars... :D

  • gary

    Wtf you expect fool

  • yf

    Steve Aoki does not need that money. His dad is a millionaire.

  • Jordan 23 Sizwe

    As a South African I fail to understand how SA Dj's are not taken serious as they make really dope music and don't assume since we in Africa our music is not of standard ask all the rappers that have toured SA they'll tell u. For God's sake Euphonik and Fresh have presented awards overseas but they are never included on the lists that matter like these ones, if you don't mind people of America can u tell me do listen to anything else except your selves?