Celebrated Name: Darude
Real Name/Full Name: Toni- Ville Henrik Virtanen
Gender: Male
Age: 48 years old
Birth Date: 17 July 1975
Birth Place: Hinnerjoki, Eura, Finland
Nationality: Finnish
Height: 1.8 m
Weight: 79 Kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Michelle Virtanen
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Darude Gay?: No
Profession: Disco – Jockey
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2023: $15 million
Last Updated: December 2023

Toni- Ville Henrik Virtanen, professionally known as Da- rude (formerly known as Rude Boy), is a Finnish DJ and record producer. He is most famous for platinum-selling hit solo, “Sandstrom,” which released in late 1999. His debut studio album called ”Before the Storm”, which was released on 18 September 2000, sold about 800,000 copies worldwide.

Maybe you know about Darude very well, but do you know how old and tall is he, and what is his net worth in 9th December 2023? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Darude’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Darude was born in a village in Finland called Hinnerjoki, which falls under Eura’s municipality in the province of western Finland. Much less is known about his early childhood. He started his career as a musician in late 1995, and his hit single, Sandstorm, was released in 1999, before the release of his debut studio album Before the Storm in the 2000s.

Personal Life

At the beginning of his career, Darude used to live in Atlanta, in the United States of America, where he met his wife, Michelle Virtanen. The couple has two kids, an elder son (born in 2009) and a younger daughter (born in 2017). As of 2013, Darude lives with his family Salo, Finland, with his family.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 17 July 1975, Darude is 48 years old as of today’s date 9th December 2023. His height is 1.8m tall, and his weight is 79 kg.


His musical journey started when he was a university student in the Turku Polytechnic in the city of Turku in Salo and making music using tracker software on his laptop. He grew more interested in music production and started using more severe techniques of production.

During a college party, he played a song of Swedish artist Leila K, Rude Boy, which earned him the nickname Rude Boy, and eventually changed to Da-rude or Darude. Virtanen continued to produce music into the late 1990s, especially Finnish music trance and house. Darude signed a contract with 16 Inch Records label in 1999, and shortly after that, the single Sandstorm was released.

His track was an international hit, with a platinum-selling record. Sandstorm sold about 2 million units worldwide, making the record of the world’s most significant selling 12-inch single in 2000. After the success of Sandstorm, his second single Feel The Beat followed the same path of success.

In July 2003, Darude released Next to You and Music, a part of his second album Rush. His third album, Label This! Came out in late 2007. In 2019, he performed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 as the official Finnish Representative, alongside Finnish singer Sebastian Rejman, with the song Look Away.

Awards & Achievements

His first single Sandstorm and the debut album Before The Storm won the Swedish NRJ Radio Award and 2000 Finnish Grammy Award, respectively. Darude himself won a Grammy for the Best Dance/Hip Hop Newcomer. He also won the German Dance Award for the Best Dance Track of the Year and Dance Star (UK) for the Best International Single Act.

Net Worth & Salary of Darude in 2023

Darude Net Worth
Darude Net Worth

As of December 2023, Darude’s net worth is about $15 million. His salary per album or gig is unknown and probably not fixed. Darude has moved from the US to Finland * years ago and resides there with his family. In 2011 Darude co-founded record label EnMass Music through which he has released several of his DJ tracks and compilations related to his Radio Show called Saimiakki Sessions. These compilations include ten of his recent remix productions and also eight of redone tracks by Finnish artists.

All through his journey, Darude Uplifting trance style dance music has been loved and criticized by many. He is one of the most trendy DJs from around the world. We all hope he continues to make the world dance to his music.


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