Forbes Reveals World’s Highest-Paid DJs List For 2017

Damn, we'd sure love to be Calvin Harris right now.

Forbes magazine has published its Electronic Cash Kings list for 2017, detailing the top 10 highest-paid DJs from June 2016 to June 2017. Unsurprisingly, Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris tops the list for the fifth year in a row, earning $48.5m in the 12 months period.

According to Forbes, Calvin Harris regularly pulls in mid-six-figure fees for his Las Vegas performances and headlines music festivals for nothing less than seven figures. His work as a successful producer also contributes to his earnings, with his latest album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 featuring industry powerhouses — Frank Ocean, Katy Perry, and many more.


In second place is veteran Dutch DJ Tiesto, who earned $39m, with American duo The Chainsmokers making the list for the first time at $38m. Anonymous DJ-producer Marshmello also makes his Forbes list debut at $21m, coming in at number 8.

The top 10 on the list made a collective $298 million, up from $270.5 million in 2016. Check out the list below, and note the glaring lack of diversity – all the top-earning DJs are men of white descent (with the exception of Steve Aoki).

Here’s the full list of 2017’s Highest Paid DJs:

1. Calvin Harris ($48.5m)
2. Tiesto ($39m)
3. The Chainsmokers ($38m)
4. Skrillex ($30m)
5. Steve Aoki ($29.5m)
6. Diplo ($28.5m)
7. David Guetta ($25m)
8. Marshmello ($21m)
9. Martin Garrix ($19.5m)
10. Zedd ($19m)

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