Who Are This Year's Highest-Paid DJs?
Surprise! There’s a DJ out there who's making more money than Jay Z, according to Forbes.
It's Calvin Harris, who topped Forbes' annual DJ moneymaking power list, Electronic Cash Kings, with $66 million in annual earnings.
Harris played 125 gigs over Forbes' scoring period, including performances at Coachella and in Las Vegas, for his multi-year deal at Hakkasan, America's biggest nightclub.
Still, Harris came off astoundingly modest in speaking with Forbes: "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."
Beyond Harris, it's been a bountiful moneymaking year for DJs. The top 10 earners on the list combined for $268 million this year, 11 percent more than last year's $241 million total. Harris also topped the 2013 power list, with $46 million.
And one powerhouse EDM group found greater monetary success after going solo. According to Forbes, the ex-members of Swedish House Mafia are now earning more solo than they did together. Steve Angello alone pulled in $12 million, placing 12th on the 2014 list.
Here is the complete 2014 list:
1. Calvin Harris $66 million
2. David Guetta $30
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