For Sixth Year Straight
Forbes released its annual list of the world's highest paid DJs, and Calvin Harris is sitting pretty on top for the sixth year in a row.
The "One Kiss" producer raked in $48 million during the magazine's scoring period (June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018), which is just about what he made last year. The 34-year-old's monetary success is, of course, attributed to his unstoppable hit-making ability, and for that, Forbes reports he pulls in healthy six-figure paychecks for his Las Vegas sets and is paid well into seven figures when he headlines international festivals. Needless to say, he performs a lot in Vegas and at festivals.
The Chainsmokers came in second, pulling in $45.5 million—$12 million more than they made last year. Tiesto, Steve Aoki and Marshmello make up the rest of the top five with $33 million, $28 million and $23 million earned, respectively. Everyone in the top 15 made at least $10 million. Alesso, Armin van Buuren, deadmau5, Hardwell and Skrillex just missed the mark, the latter because he chose to have a quiet year (he made $30 million last year).
Check out the full list below.
Forbes' Top 15 Highest-Paid DJs in the World 2018
15. Afrojack ($10 million)
14. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($10.5 million)
13. DJ Snake ($11 million)
12. Kygo ($11.5 million)
11. Axwell & Ingrosso ($12 million)
10. Martin Garrix ($13 million)
9. Kaskade ($13.5 million)
8. David Guetta ($15 million)
7. Diplo ($20 million)
6. Zedd ($22 million)
5. Marshmello ($23 million)
4. Steve Aoki ($28 million)
3. Tiesto ($33 million)
2. The Chainsmokers ($45.5 million)
1. Calvin Harris ($48 million)