Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Avicii: Who is the World’s Highest Paid DJ?
Fact: superstar DJs make a lot of money.
For the world’s most popular DJs, those massive piles of cash are just getting bigger, with the third annual Forbes’ list of the “Electronic Cash Kings” revealing that the scene’s biggest stars are raking in even more money than they did last year.
Last year’s No. 1 DJ, Calvin Harris, is still sitting pretty atop the list, generating a bank-breaking $66 million, a full $20 million more than he pulled in 2013. That’s more than double the dough earned by the No. 2 DJ, David Guetta, who’s no slouch in the financial portfolio department with $30 million.
Despite having to deal with a serious illness and two high-profile concerts marred by dozens of attendees being rushed to the hospital with drug and alcohol related illnesses, Avicii still managed to generate $28 million to land in the No. 3 position, which he shares with Tiesto, who had his own physical maladies to manage after bashing his head open at a show in San Jose, CA.
Rounding out the top 5 is cake master general Steve Aoki, who crowd-surfed his way to a cool $23 million, thanks to radio hits like “Delirious” featuring rapper Kid Ink endorsement deals with Bud Light and Guitar Center.