Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The 13 Richest DJs of 2014

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 3:09 AM

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By: Carolina de Busto

It's been a few years since EDM became big business. But the bubble hasn't burst. And those folks who wear bulky headsets and press play (i.e., celebrity DJs) are still laughing all the way to the bank.

The giddiest jock is once again Calvin Harris. The scruffy-faced Scotsman topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid DJs of 2013 with a total of $46 million. One year later, Harris is raking in a staggering $66 million. But the second highest-earner collected a mere $30 million. And Avicii only made $28 million. Pshhh, pocket change.

Check the cut for the thirteen richest DJs of 2014.

13. Steve Angello: $12 Million Per Year (Tie) Looks like Angello is doing well on his own without his Mafia. The former Swedish House Mafia member bills six figures for solo club gigs, so don't hold your breath for a reunion.

12. Armin van Buuren: $12 Million Per Year (Tie) Age is just a number for the 37-year-old Dutch DJ, and apparently twelve (er, million) is his lucky number in 2014.

11. Hardwell: $13 Million Per Year Hardwell was voted the No. 1 disc-spinner by fans in the DJ Magazine top 100 poll for 2014. He may hold the No. 1 spot in the hearts of EDM fans all over the world, but his wallet certainly doesn't. Stay strong, Hardwell, there's still time to earn another $53 million before 2015.

10. Deadmau5: $16 Million Per Year Forbes reports that this DJ "barely played one-tenth the amount of shows" that his fellow top DJs did, but some music festivals out there are still paying him the beaucoup bucks to perform. Cough, Ultra 2014, anyone?

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