300 Million Dollars
Scottish singer-songwriter, record producer, and DJ Calvin Harris has a $300 million net worth. As of this writing, Calvin is the world’s wealthiest DJ. Typically, he earns between $30 and $40 million per year. Calvin sold his publishing catalogue to Vine Alternative Investments for $100 million in October 2020. The catalogue featured over 150 songs produced by Harris, including collaborations with Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, and Travis Scott, among others.
Calvin Harris was born Adam Richard Wiles on January 17, 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland. He is the son of the English biochemist David Wiles and the housewife Pamela Wiles. He has an older brother (Edward) and sister (Elizabeth) (Sophie). During his teenage years, Calvin became enamoured with electronic music and began recording demos in his bedroom in the late 1990s. Harris worked as a teenager stocking shelves in a local supermarket and at a local fish factory to afford musical equipment.
Earns $30 to $40 million annually from touring and royalties
Earned over $60 million in several years
In 2020, publishing catalogues were sold for $100 million.
In 2018, $14 million was paid for an empty lot in Bel Air.
Owns property valued at at least $30 million
In 2002, Harris released two songs under the name Stouffer: “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days” After these two singles were released, Harris relocated to London to further his career. However, the relocation was short-lived due to the city’s high cost of living. Having only released a single during his time in London, he returned to Dumfries and began uploading music to Myspace, an early social networking site. An influential talent manager quickly discovered Harris’s Myspace and signed him to his company. Soon thereafter, he signed contracts with EMI and Sony BMG.
I Created Disco, an album inspired by the 1980s, was released in 2007. The album was certified Gold and featured the UK chart-topping singles “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls” In subsequent tours, he supported British electronic music legends Groove Armada and Faithless. Not long after the release of his debut album, he caught the attention of Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue, with whom he later co-wrote songs for her 2007 album, X. This would mark the beginning of a long career of collaboration with a variety of artists, which would result in many of his biggest hits.
Ready for the Weekend, his second album, was released in 2009. It included his first UK No. 1 single, “I’m Not Alone” as well as “Ready for the Weekend” “Flashback” and “You Used to Hold Me” However, his third album was the one that truly propelled him to superstardom. 18 Months was released in 2012 and contributed significantly to the rise of EDM (electronic dance music) and its subsequent dominance of the music charts. Collaborations included Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding, and Ne-Yo, three of the biggest names in pop music. Ten consecutive weeks, his collaboration with Rihanna on “We Found Love” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The album featured a number of the year’s most popular singles, including “Feel So Close” “Bounce” “Let’s Go” “We’ll Be Coming Back” “Sweet Nothing” “Drinking from the Bottle” “I Need Your Love” and “Thinking About You” which all peaked in the UK’s top ten. On the UK Singles Chart, the album helped him surpass Michael Jackson for the most top ten singles from a single studio album.
In 2014, Harris released Motion after achieving a new level of global fame. The album features collaborations with Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, and Ellie Goulding, among others. “Summer” the second single from the album, was the most-streamed song on the music streaming service Spotify in 2014. Harris continued to produce incredibly popular songs with numerous artists, including Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, and Frank Ocean. In 2016, he once again collaborated with Rihanna on “This is What You Came For” which became his highest-charting record as a lead artist and arguably his biggest track of the era. The following year saw the release of his fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, which featured collaborations with Snoop Dogg, John Legend, and Future, among others. The album departs from EDM and is significantly more groove-oriented. It included popular songs such as “Slide” “Heatstroke” and “Feels” which featured Big Sean, Pharrell, and Katy Perry.
Harris is the recipient of a Grammy Award (for Best Music Video for “We Found Love” with Rhianna) and four MTV Video Music Awards. He has cited Jamiroquai and Fatboy Slim as his primary influences, and he has amassed an impressive list of endorsement deals, signing sponsorship and advertising contracts with companies such as Apple, (the cover of his album I Created Disco was used in an advertisement for the iPod nano in 2008), Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sol Republic, and others. In 2014, the luxury fashion label Armani hired him to endorse their underwear line.
Harris, one of the most in-demand DJs in the world, has held numerous residencies at the Wyn Las Vegas, MGM Grand, and Caesar’s Palace, among others, in Las Vegas. His world tours have taken him to prestigious arenas and music festivals including Coachella, Creamfields, and Austin City Limits Music Festival. In March of 2010, he launched Fly Eye Records, his own vanity label specialising in EDM. In addition to being a musician, he is a co-owner of the music streaming service Tidal.
The personal life of Calvin Harris has received extensive media coverage. This is due in no small part to his high-profile relationships with Rita Ora and Taylor Swift, among others. However, Harris generally keeps his personal life very private.
Calvin Harris is well-known for his philanthropic efforts, having performed at numerous events for causes such as preventing teen suicide, ending homelessness in Scotland, and raising funds for children’s hospitals. In 2010, he performed in The War Child’s post-Brit Awards show to raise awareness for war-affected children. In February of 2012, he collaborated with several other famous artists, including Coldplay, to perform a charity concert. Children’s Orthopaedic Center at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital received all proceeds. Following the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, Harris donated his Omni Nightclub performance fee to the Las Vegas Victims Fund.
Career Earnings of Calvin Harris
In 2013, Harris earned an estimated $46 million and was the highest-paid DJ. According to reports, he earned over $60 million in 2014. Between June 2016 and June 2017, Calvin accumulated $49 million in earnings. Between June 2017 and June 2018, Calvin Harris accumulated $50 million in earnings. Between June 2018 and 2019, he earned $38 million.
Calvin purchased Steve Angello’s home in the Hollywood Hills for $5 million in 2017. In August of 2020, Calvin listed the residence for sale for $5,500,000, but ultimately accepted $5,100,000.
In 2013, Calvin purchased a home above the Sunset Strip for $7 million. In 2020, he sold this home for $7 million. Taking into account at least $1 million in renovation, repair, and carrying costs incurred over the years he owned the home, this was actually a loss.
In 2014, he paid $15 million for a Beverly Hills mansion. This property has a total of 10 bedrooms spread across multiple buildings.
In 2018, he purchased a 2.5-acre vacant property in Bel-Air for $14 million. On the property, Calvin reportedly intends to construct an 18,000-square-foot home from scratch.