Axwell, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki

Forbes release list of highest paid DJs for 2018


The time has come for Forbes to release their list of the highest paid DJs, and once again its so unsurprising as to who tops the list that they might as well stop releasing it. So getting straight to the point, this years highest paid DJ is…

…definitely not her. Nope, Paris Hilton does not top the list. It’s uncertain whether she didn’t top the list because she didn’t make enough money or maybe just because she can’t DJ. Who knows!

Back to the REAL list, it is actually an unsurprising winner again as Scottish worldwide superstar producer Calvin Harris rakes in a whopping $48million. Wow. For any young, aspiring producers reading this, check out the video below and watch what Calvin Harris started as around 10 years ago, and where he is now. Anything is possible.

Calvin’s phenomenal rise is fully deserved, with record breaking albums, chart topping tracks, and festival dominating sets. The list does somewhat reflect on the artists ability to get into charts, hence why Calvin tops the 2018 edition after releases like ‘Slide‘ and ‘One Kiss‘. The remainder of the list is packed with huge names, but a number of the top 10 have had chart success with most of their tracks recently, which brings in more money, and then gain even more from the resulting festival shows. The Forbes top 15 contains big names like Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix and David Guetta. Check it out for yourself below.

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





Lewis is a 21 year old writer and editor for We Rave You based in the UK. Since joining the team in 2018, Lewis has brought exclusive interviews with the likes of CamelPhat and Third Party to the WRY readers, and worked on collaborative projects with Anjunabeats, Kryder/Sosumi Records, and the recently launched We Rave You Magazine. He is also an active DJ and producer, playing sets across the UK and at Tomorrowland in 2019, and works collaboratively with fellow editor Jake Gable to run renowned UK company The EVENT. An advocate for the #ProgIsAlive movement, Lewis continues to bring cutting edge music content through his own sounds and his contributions to We Rave You.

[email protected]