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Last summer Forbes released a list of the world’s highest-paid DJs topped off by Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and David Guetta. This year’s list is out, and guess what? It’s topped by Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and (in a third-place tie with Avicii) Tiesto. Harris is pulling in $66 million, more than double his closest competition. Notable movers include Zedd, who’s at #7 after not cracking the list last year, and cake-thrower at large Steve Aoki, who charged up from #11 to #5. Meanwhile, Nyan Cat enthusiast Deadmau5 falls from #5 to #10, and the likes of Armin van Buuren and Swedish House Mafia have fallen off the list entirely. They’re all filthy rich though. Here’s the full list via EDM Tunes:

01. Calvin Harris ($66 million)
02. David Guetta ($30 million)
03. Tiësto ($28 million)
03. Avicii ($28 million)
05. Steve Aoki ($23 million)
06. Afrojack ($22 million)
07. Zedd ($21 million)
08. Kaskade ($17 million)
09. Skrillex ($16.5 million)
10. Deadmau5 ($16 million)

In case you’re wondering about poor old Diplo, he made $10 million and is doing just fine.

[Calvin Harris photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.]

Comments (11)
  1. How accurate are these figures? Insane that Calvin Harris made $66 million last year …

  2. I remember several years ago Calvin Harris made a cool track called “Merrymaking in My House”. I guess he turned to a more profitable business – cheesemaking.

  3. Yet the list is radically different than Forbes’s Highest Paid DJs of 2003 list, which was topped by DJ Qualls, still riding high off the success of his acclaimed film The New Guy. Simpler times, those.

  4. I remember seeing Calvin Harris at Coachella in 2008. He was playing the smallest stage and promoting his first album (pre EDM). Its still one of my favorite Coachella shows ever. He jumped around the stage playing all his own instruments(!!) No computers. It was a complete Cut Copy-esque party.

    The dude has actual talent, bu his ascent describes the whole EDM scene perfectly. He eventually was just like, this EDM shit is too fucking easy. Who needs instruments?

  5. I press buttons all day too and I don’t come anywhere near this. Lame.

  6. Selling my guitar for a turntable. OWWWOOOOOOOO!

  7. This is probably pretty similar to the list of most disgustingly over-paid people

  8. that’s an interesting way of phrasing a hit list

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