The Chainsmokers steal Calvin Harris’ spot of ‘Highest Paid DJ’ in new Forbes list
The Chainsmokers’ have had their biggest year in earnings yet, with the duo taking home a cool $46 million. This comes as no surprise; after all, they’ve been dominating the airwaves over the past couple years with huge pop anthems. They’re also in the middle of a lucrative three-year contract with Wynn Las Vegas; combine that with a myriad of other headlining gigs at major festivals, and one-off private appearances elsewhere, and it becomes clear how they’ve managed to rake in such vast amounts of capital.
Marshmello has also been climbing the ranks, and actually landed in second place this year with $40 million in net earnings. Calvin Harris found himself demoted to the third slot with $38.5 million. Meanwhile, Steve Aoki took home the fourth ranking, largely in part to him playing 200 gigs through the past year and numerous brand deals on top.
Per usual, female DJs are missing from the list.
- The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
- Marshmello ($40 million)
- Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
- Steve Aoki ($30 million)
- Diplo ($25 million)
- Tiësto ($24 million)
- Martin Garrix ($19 million)
- David Guetta ($18 million)
- Zedd ($17 million)
- Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
- Kaskade ($14 million)
- Skrillex ($13 million)
- Alesso ($12.5 million)
- Afrojack ($12 million)
- Tie: DJ Snake, DJ Pauly D, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($11.5 million)
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