Real Name/Full Name Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Darude
Birth Place: Hinnerjoki, Eura, Finland
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 17 July 1975
Age/How Old: 48 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 180 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
Weight: In Kilograms – 79 Kg
In Pounds – 174 lbs
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Parents Name: Father – N/A
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College: Turku Polytechnic
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Nationality: Finnish
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Michelle Virtanen
Kids/Children Name: Two
Profession: DJ and record producer
Net Worth: $15 Million
Last Updated: April 2024

It takes a lot of self will and determination to venture into an industry with so many experts and you have nothing to produce to qualify you of competing for the market with them. If you don’t have self-drive and patience, you will easily give-up on the way. But for Darude, he knew his place was in the music industry and was ready to do whatever it takes to make this dream a reality.

Today, Darude is a celebrated record producer and Finish DJ from Eura Satakunta. He started his music making career back in 1995 and it was until late 1999 when he was able to release his platinum-selling hit single titled Sandstorm. On 18th September 2000, he released his debut studio album titled Before the Storm and it sold 800,000 copies worldwide. This album earned him a lot of fame as well as great awards and recognition including 3 Finnish Grammy Awards among others.

Well, how well do you know about Darude? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Darude’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Darude to date.

Biography and Early Life

This young and talented singer was born on the 17th of July in 1975 as Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen. Darude was born in Hinnerjoki in Eura which is a Finnish village in Satankunta. With all his fame and success in the music world, Darude has managed to keep information of his background away from the media.

Currently, we have not managed to get any reliable information about his parents including their names and occupation. At the same time, we found it quite challenging to find out whether he is the only child in the family or he has any siblings. We have however not stopped doing our research and once we get any reliable information, we will update it here.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Darude in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Darude’s age is 48 years old as of today’s date 21st April 2024 having been born on 17 July 1975. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 180 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 174 lbs in Pound and 79 kg in Kilograms.


For a secretive man like Darude, it becomes very difficult to find any information about his past. This man only talks about his career and his life as an adult. Therefore, there is completely no information available not only about his parents but also his early school years. However, the fact that he was a student at Turku Polytechnic means that he is a learned person. It was at Turku Polytechnic where he started his music career by using PC’s tracker software to make music. With time, his interest in music production grew rapidly and he started learning more serious production techniques.

His stage name however came when he chose to play the song “Rude Boy” by Leila K several times in a row while at a classmate’s party. Initially people called him “Rude Boy” then with time, it morphed into “Da Rude” and finally, it became “Darude”. This name has become active in the Finnish Music house and trance since 1995. Since his life in college was overshadowed with his activities in music, it is not clear whether he graduated or not. One thing that is clear however is that, his choice of majoring in Music Production was the best decision.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Life can be busy and sometimes, it very easy to have our lives crowded by our daily activities. For Darude, chances of his life being overshadowed by his passion for music was very high. However, he didn’t allow it to overshadow his social life. In the process of socializing and making friends, he met an American named Michelle and he felt she had a special place in his heart.

After dating for some time, Darude and Michelle agreed to tie the knot. However, with Darude’s nature of keeping information to himself and only revealing the information he sees necessary, it is not clear when the two started dating and the year in which they got married.

The couple welcomed their first child, a son in 2009 but he doesn’t reveal his name. Their second child a daughter was born in 2017 and once again, her name is not available at the moment. From the late 2000s to 2013, Darude lived in the United States of America in Atlanta and there are chances that their firstborn child was born there. He however moved to Salo, Finland in 2013 and that is where he lives with his family.

Is Darude Gay?

Darude might have not given any information about his past relationships. The fact that he has been married to Michelle for more than 10 years now and they have two kids together is enough to prove that he is not gay.

Professional Career

Darude has been actively involved in the music world since 1997 to date. He has worked on various music projects as a singer, songwriter and producer. Some of the songs he has worked on include; Feel the Beat, Sandstorm, Label This, Before the Storm , Rush and Out of Control (Back for More) among others.


Darude has been very active in the music world as a singer, songwriter as well as a producer. In the process, he has earned many awards some of which include; 3 Finnish Grammy Awards, 3 NRJ Radio Award and 2 German Star Awards among others.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Darude in 2024

Darude Net Worth
Darude Net Worth

We might not have details of Darude’s annual earnings, but the fact that he has a net worth of $15 Million means he earns good money as of 2024.

Darude’s wealth and fame has been born from his love for music and his hard work to make his dreams of being a great music producer come true.


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