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Forbes shares the 2016 'Electronic Cash Kings' list

See exactly how much EDM DJs are making

  • Sydney Megan Jow
  • 16 August 2016

Forbes has just released its list for the top 10 'World's Highest Paid DJs' of 2016.

Dubbing the millionaire bunch the 'Electronic Cash Kings', the annual financial round-up reports on the ridiculous annual income EDM artists make as they jump across mega stages around the world.

Once again, DJ-turned-celebrity Calvin Harris sits atop the list with $63 million raked in this year while juggling all-star residencies and a rocky, highly-publicized relationship (and break-up) with Taylor Swift. Coming in second as a list mainstay is Tiësto, who made only half of what Harris earned with $38 million. Rounding out the top three is David Guetta, who drew in $28 million for his national performances and radio plays.

A handful of DJs who appeared as last year's top earners were absent from the collection, including Deadmau5, Afrojack and Avicii.

See the full list below.

1. Calvin Harris, $63 million
2. Tiësto, $38 million
3. David Guetta, $28 million
4. Zedd, $24.5 million
5. Steve Aoki, $23.5 million
6. Diplo, $23 million
7. Skrillex, $20 million
8. Kaskade, $19 million
9. Martin Garrix, $16 million
10. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, $15.5 million

Sydney is Mixmag's US Digital Content Editor. Follow her on Twitter here

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