Electronic cash kings: Top-earning DJs

Published: Oct 6, 2015 06:09:56 AM IST
Updated: Sep 30, 2015 12:13:40 PM IST
Electronic cash kings: Top-earning DJs
David Guetta

Calvin Harris has had quite a year. Over the last 12 months, he earned $66 million, released an album that rocketed to the top of the US dance charts and started dating Taylor Swift, dethroning Jay Z and Beyoncé as music’s top-earning couple. Harris’s haul ties his own record, set just last year, for annual DJ earnings. Not bad for a guy who’s barely a decade removed from employment as a supermarket stock boy in rural Scotland. 

1. Calvin Harris
Scotland $66 million
2. David Guetta
France $37 million
3. Tiësto
The Netherlands $36 million
4. Skrillex
United States $24 million
4. Steve Aoki
United States $24 million
6. Avicii
Sweden $19 million
7. Kaskade
United States $18 million
8. Martin Garrix
The Netherlands $17 million
8. Zedd
Germany $17 million
10. Afrojack
The Netherlands $16 million
11. Deadmau5
Canada $15 million
11. Diplo
United States $15 million

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(This story appears in the 16 October, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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