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Only 3 EDM Stars Made It on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities List

The world of EDM is quickly becoming known for its massive DJ payouts. Some of the biggest electronic power players are bringing home millions each year. But where do our favorite producers rank in the grand scheme of celebrity moolah? Forbes just released their annual Highest-Paid Celebrity list, and it reveals all the answers.

The Forbes list tallies income from June 1, 2016, through June 1, 2017. Deductions for agents and managers and the like aren’t taken out.

Some non-electronic musicians top the list. Diddy came in at number one with $130 million, with Beyonce following at $105 million. After that, author J.K. Rowling earned $95 million. Drake and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo round out the top five, with $94 and $93 million, respectively.

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Calvin Harris is a notorious money-maker.

The first appearance of an EDM star doesn’t come until number 40. That’s when Calvin Harris shows up with $48.5 million. After that, Tiesto shows up at number 60 with $39 million. The Chainsmokers came in at number 65 with $38 million for the year.

That was it for electronic artists in the top 100 for the year. Surprisingly, some of the highly-paid DJs like Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Martin Garrix and David Guetta don’t make enough of an impact in the financial world of celebrities.


Despite a surge of a year, the Chainsmokers still didn’t beat Calvin Harris.

Still, they probably aren’t complaining about the paychecks they are taking home. Outside of pop and rap, there aren’t many other musical genres making such huge waves.

Check out Forbes’ full list of Highest-Paid Celebrities here.

EDM In Stereo Staff

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