Calvin Harris Tops Forbes Highest-Paid DJs List Again


The Scottish producer once again tops Forbes annual Highest-Paid DJs list. With a substantial gap between himself and the runner-up slot, Calvin Harris isn’t loosening his grip on the No. 1 spot anytime soon.

Thanks to a hit album, high-paid gigs and lucrative endorsements, Harris raked in $66 million the past twelve months. Coming in at a distant second place was David Guetta who raked in $37 million. Rounding out the Top 3 is Dutch DJ Tiesto.

Speaking of the Dutch, the Netherlands was well-represented with three DJs in the Top 10. Sadly though, not one woman made the cut. Forbes did mention that sister duos Nervo and Krewella came close.

Overall, the Top 10 DJs took in $274 million combined. When compared to the Top 10 in 2012, it’s more than double. Then, the higher tier of DJs earned $116 million. Check out this year’s top-earning electronic kings below.

2015 Forbes Highest-Paid DJs

  • 1. Calvin Harris ($66 million)
  • 2. David Guetta ($37 million)
  • 3. Tiësto ($36 million)
  • 4-tie. Skrillex ($24 million)
  • 4-tie. Steve Aoki ($24 million)
  • 6. Avicii ($19 million)
  • 7. Kaskade ($18 million)
  • 8-tie. Martin Garrix ($17 million)
  • 8-tie. Zedd ($17 million)
  • 10. Afrojack ($16 million)
  • 11-tie. Deadmau5 ($15 million)
  • 11-tie. Diplo ($15 million)