Scottish DJ Calvin Harris took out top spot on the rich list ? for the third year running ? thanks to his new album and a number of endorsement deals with expensive brands like Giorgio Armani.
The producer has also recently started dating US pop royalty Taylor Swift, whose earnings Forbes estimates at $80 million.
2. David Guetta ($37 million)
?David Guetta on stage in Mallorca
This French artist’s earnings may be just over half of Calvin Harris’, but David Guetta’s millions are nothing to smirk at.
He has released six studio albums, and is currently touring the world with his latest offering, Listen.
3. Ti?sto ($36 million)
?Tiesto at iHeartRadio Music Festival
Tiesto, who hails from the Netherlands, is among the oldest of the bunch, but managed to top the earnings of the 20-somethings with more than 100 touring dates over Forbes’ scoring period and endorsements with 7UP and Guess.
4. Skrillex & Steve Aoki ($24 million)
?Skrillex and Steve Aoki
DJs Skrillex and Steve Aoki share fourth spot on the list of cash kings, raking in a cool $24 million each.
Skrillex (born Sonny John Moore) has come a long way since releasing his first EP for free on MySpace.
Steve Aoki, on the other hand, seems to have been enjoying the high life for some time and is known for his propensity to pelt lavish cakes at the audience at his live shows.
6. Avicii ($19 million)
?Avicii on stage at Sziget music festival
PHOTO: Swedish producer Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, had his international breakthrough in 2011. (AFP: Attila Kisbendek)
Tim Bergling, better known by most as Avicii, had his international breakthrough in 2011 with the gospel-inspired Levels, and has continued to release hit after hit, including Billboard Music award-winning Wake Me Up.
With almost $20 million in the bank, Avicii has also shared some of his earnings with those less fortunate, working with his executive producer to found the charity House of Hunger.
7. Kaskade ($18 million)
?DJ Kaskade performs at Coachella
PHOTO: Among DJ Kaskade’s biggest achievements this year was performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (Reuters: Lucy Nicholson)
DJ Kaskade has been in the industry for longer than many on the rich list, and most recently hit the festival circuit in the US with Lollapalooza and Coachella.
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