Calvin Harris is the world’s highest paid DJ but how much did he earn this past year?

by Martin

Calvin Harris T-In-the-Park-2012

DJ’s in music today are more popular than ever. Especially in the charts across the world. Music festivals these days even include some of the world’s biggest DJs to give music lovers a variety depending on which festival they visit. Gone are the days where the majority of festivals are purely based on bands – DJs are here and they don’t show signs of going anywhere soon.

It’s been revealed though that not only are they sticking around for the foreseeable future but they’re worth an absolute fortune and by now I’m sure you’ll have guessed who is the highest paid DJ – in the world.

That’s right, according to information released by Forbes – Scotland’s own Calvin Harris was revealed as the highest paid DJ and you may want to sit down for this but in the past 12 months he has earned a staggering $46 million (almost £30 million).


From Las Vegas to Ibiza Calvin Harris is rolling in the money no matter where he plays. The DJ who has released several albums and has his name on a whole host of collaborations including Bounce with Kelis and We Found Love with Rihanna has made him a global sensation with people flocking in their thousands to attend one of his shows.

Speaking with Forbes Harris said “The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years,” he tells FORBES. “I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

Tiesto came second behind Calvin in the rankings after it was announced that he earned $32 million (£20 million) and he was followed by Frenchman David Guetta who landed in at number three on the list after he earned $30 million (around £19 million) after some of the world’s biggest collaborations with the likes of The Black-Eyed Peas and Usher.


Completing the Top 5 in the list are Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5 who earned $25 million (roughly £15 million) and $21 million (roughly £13 million) respectively over the past 12 months.

I don’t know about you but perhaps I should look into becoming a DJ on the side if you can make that kind of money. Crazy.

Take a look at Calvin Harris in action below when he played to thousands at T in the Park last month. Luckily I was too far back to be seen but I was there. Somewhere.