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Exactly How Much EDM DJs Are Making: World’s Highest Earning DJs Of 2016

For the 4th year in a row, Scotland’s biggest dance export Calvin Harris is once again the world’s highest earning EDM artists, pulling in $63 million pretax, according to Forbes magazine’s list for the top ten highest earning DJs of 2016.

Coming in second as a list mainstay is Dutch Dj Tiësto, who made only half of what Calvin Harris earned with $38 million, followed by French DJ David Guetta with $28 million. Rounding out the top five is ZEDD (number 4), who drew in $28 million and Steve Aoki (number 5) with $23.5 million in earnings.

Collectively, dance music’s top earners raked in a whopping $270.5 million (down 1% from a year ago) – thanks to their music, gigs and lucrative brand endorsements.

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World's highest earning DJs of 2016

RankNameEarningTwitter
1Calvin Harris$63 million@CalvinHarris
2Tiësto$38 million@tiesto
3David Guetta$28 million@davidguetta
4ZEDD$24.5 million@Zedd
5Steve Aoki$23.5 million@steveaoki
6Diplo$23 million@diplo
7Skrillex$20 million@Skrillex
8Kaskade$19 million@kaskade
9Martin Garrix$16 million@MartinGarrix
10Dimitri Vegas$15.5 million@dimitrivegas
10Like Mike$15.5 million@likemike

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World's Highest Earning DJs Of 2016

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