It’s been a year to remember for Calvin Harris. Over the past twelve months, the Scottish DJ earned $66 million, dropped an album that rocketed to the top of the U.S. dance charts and started dating Taylor Swift, in the process dethroning Jay Z and Beyoncé as music’s top-earning couple.
Harris is once again the top name on our Electronic Cash Kings list, nearly doubling the total of second-ranked David Guetta, who pulled in $37 million. Not bad for a guy who’s roughly a decade removed from being a supermarket stockboy in a remote town in Scotland.
“The rise of dance music has been astronomical … I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” he told FORBES.
Harris and Guetta are followed on the list by Tiësto (is one of the older names on the circuit), Avicii (No. 6, $19 million) and Zedd (No. 8, $17 million).
Forbes’ Electronic Cash Kings 2015:
1. Calvin Harris, $66 million
2. David Guetta, $37 million
3. Tiesto, $36 million
4 and 5. (Tie) Skrillex & Steve Aoki, $24 million
6. Avicii, $19 million
7. Kaskade, $18 million
8 and 9. (Tie) Martin Garrix & Zedd, $17 million
10. Afrojack, $16 million
11 and 12.Deadmau5, Diplo $15 million