Calvin Harris Just Dethroned Tiesto To Become The Richest DJ In The World

By on May 27, 2015 in ArticlesEntertainment

Dear DJ Tiesto, I've got some good news and some bad news. Let's start with the good news. The good news is that last year you earned $28 million, thanks to your live shows, merchandise, royalties, endorsements and appearance fees. Not too shabby! If you were a professional athlete, you'd easily be one of the highest-paid people in every major sport. $28 million breaks down to $2.3 million per month. That's $76k per day. If you worked a 9-5 job with a one hour lunch break, you would essentially have a job that pays $9,500 per hour. Incredible, right? So what's the bad news? The bad news is that you are no longer the richest DJ in the world 🙁 That crown now belongs to… Calvin Harris 🙂

We here at Celebrity Net Worth released the world's first list of the richest DJs way back on June 6, 2012. Within days of posting that list, it quickly became one of the most popular articles in the history of the site. That's almost exactly three years ago. My oh my, how much has changed in those 36 months. Back then, we placed Tiesto's net worth at $65 million. We placed Calvin Harris' net worth at a relatively meager $13 million. At $13 million, Calvin ranked as the 24th richest DJ in the world. By the way, Calvin's real name is Adam Richard Wiles and before he found success in EDM, he was working as a grocery store clerk.

Tiesto and Calvin Harris

Tiesto and Calvin Harris

The next four years were VERY good to Mr. Harris.

As electronic music took over pop culture in the last few years, the Scottish DJ has seen his annual earnings soar to previously-unimaginable levels. Between March 2012 and 2013, Calvin earned an estimated $46 million. That was enough to make him the highest paid DJ in the world. Between 2013 and 2014, Calvin earned an impressive $60 million. Once again, that was enough to make him the highest paid DJ in the world.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Between March 2014 and March 2015, Calvin earned $66 million. Once again, more than enough to make him the highest paid DJ in the world. Calvin earned that fortune by playing approximately 125 live shows and churning out dozens of hit singles. He has a highly lucrative multi-year deal with the second highest grossing nightclub in the world, Hakkasan in Las Vegas. That gig alone pays a reported $15 million per year.

Tiesto also has a residency at Hakkasan that reportedly also pays him around $15 million. Tiesto earned less than Calvin in the last 12 months due to the simple fact that he played fewer shows and had fewer radio pop hits. Tiesto earned approximately the same amount of money last year as Avicii and slightly less than David Guetta. All three of the aforementioned artists earned less than half of Calvin Harris' gross.

Becoming The Richest DJ In The World

So how has all of this impacted Calvin's net worth?

On last year's list of the richest DJs in the world, we pegged Calvin's net worth at $70 million. That was enough to make him the second richest DJ in the world, $20 million shy of Tiesto's $90 million.

When you total it all up, between 2014 and 2015, Tiesto's net worth jumped from $90 million to $105 million.

In the same time period, Calvin's net worth jumped from $70 million to $110 million.

That $5 million difference might be pocket change to these guys, but it's also just enough to officially make Calvin Harris the richest DJ on the planet. A record that has been held exclusively by Tiesto since we started tracking DJ wealth on CNW. To see a full list of how the top 50 richest DJs stack up, click this image:


The only bad news I can possibly come up with for Calvin Harris, is that even though his $110 million fortune is impressive, it's still $90 million shy of his reported girlfriend, Taylor Swift. If Taylor Swift somehow stopped earning money altogether, at his current pace, it would still take Calvin over three years to surpass his girlfriend's net worth. Hopefully Taylor doesn't mind slumming with such a scrub! Kidding.

Congrats to Calvin Harris on all of his success. Our sympathies go out to DJ Tiesto for losing his #1 spot, but somehow, I think he'll manage to get through this…

Articles Written by Brian Warner
Prior to launching Celebrity Net Worth, Brian spent seven years as the Managing Editor of one of the largest entertainment portals on the internet. Before that, Brian attended Georgetown University where he double majored in finance and marketing. A native of Northern California, Brian currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow him on Google+.
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