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Forbes reveals World’s Highest-Paid DJs list for 2018

It’s that time of year again…

Calvin_Harris_Forbes 2018 DJ Mag
Calvin_Harris_Forbes 2018 DJ Mag

Forbes have shared their list of the World’s Highest-Paid DJs for 2018 with Scottish superstar Calvin Harris coming out on top once again.

Harris retains the top spot on the respected business magazine’s annual list for the sixth year in a row with estimated annual earnings of $48 million.

Dutch legend Tiesto has been knocked from second to third place year with his earnings of $33 million being trumped by U.S. EDM duo The Chainsmokers whopping $45.5 million.

Also featured in the list are regulars Steve Aoki, Diplo and David Guetta. Not featured on this year’s list is Skrillex, who ranked at no. 4 last year. This is likely due to his comparatively quiet period this past year. Expect that to change again next year though as the producer has a a lot of new stuff coming soon according to his label.

Take a look at the full list below and take a minute to reflect on the frankly absurd amounts of money some DJs get paid for their job. As with previous years, there is a glaring gender imbalance and lack of diversity in this list with no women ranking in the top 15. Read the full feature on Forbes here.

1. Calvin Harris – $48 Million
2. The Chainsmokers – $45.5 Million
3. Tiësto – $33 Million
4. Steve Aoki – $28 Million
5. Marshmello – $23 Million
6. Zedd – $22 Million
7. Diplo – $20 Million
8. David Guetta – $15 Million
9. Kaskade – $13.5 Million
10. Martin Garrix – $13 Million
11. Axwell Λ Ingrosso – $12 Million
12. Kygo – $11.5 Million
13. DJ Snake – $11 Million
14. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – $10.5 Million
15. Afrojack – $10 million

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