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Forbes has named their annual DJ moneymaking power list, and like last year, the figures that have been amassed might shock some of you. Like the year before, it’s Calvin Harris who reigns supreme with $66 million in annual earnings. And how did he make so much money again? According to the business publication, he served 125 gigs over the scoring period, including performances at Coachella and in Las Vegas, for his multi-year deal at Hakkasan, America’s biggest nightclub. Speaking to Forbes, Harris commented:
“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.”
It was a good year for DJs indeed as the top ten earners combined for $268 million in 2014, 11 percent more than last year’s $241 million total. It is also worth pointing out that the breakup of the Swedish House Mafia has been a smart decision, monetary-wise. The trio’s ex-members are now doing better solo than they did together. For instance,. Steve Angello alone earned in $12 million, placing number 12on the 2014 list. Check out the list below and head over to Forbes to get a more detailed scoop on the earning of the respective names.
1. Calvin Harris $66 million
2. David Guetta $30 million
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