Highest paid DJs: Forbes outs 2013 list of top 12 earners

Forbes.com has released the list of 2013’s highest paid DJs. Calvin Harris, who “earned more than Jay-Z or Katy Perry,” leads the ranking.

Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris in Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 (Photo by Kadellar)
The Scottish DJ attributed his success to the rise of electronic dance music, the list provided by Forbes stated.

So, what made the highest paid disc jockey $46 million richer? He performed more than 70 times at Hakkasan club in Las Vegas over the past two years and produced music and wrote songs for pop stars, among them Rihanna, as well.

The following are the highest paid DJs in 2013, according to Forbes:
  • Calvin Harris - $46 million
  • Tiësto - $32 million
  • David Guetta - $30 million
  • Swedish House Mafia - $25 million
  • Deadmau5 - $21 million
  • Avicii - $20 million
  • Afrojack - $18 million
  • Armin van Buuren - $17 million
  • Skrillex and Kaskade - $16 million (tie)
  • Steve Aoki - $14 million
  • DJ Pauly D and Diplo - $13 million (tie)
The website explained that calculation was based on their total earnings from June 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013.

Forbes noted that their estimates include among others earnings from live shows, endorsements, and sales of merchandise and records.