Calvin Harris Tops Forbes’ 2013 Electronic Cash Kings List

Calvin Harris

Forbes ran down the world’s high-paid DJs of 2013 last week, via the Electronic Cash Kings list, including a who’s who in the EDM (electronic dance music) world.

After DJ Tiesto topped the 2012 list, this year, it’s Calvin Harris who reigns supreme.

The Scottish DJ pulled in a reported $46 million in the past 12 months, raking in nightly fees in excess of $200,000… and also for penning hits for the likes of Rihanna and LMFAO. He also signed on to play more than 70 shows over a two-year period at Las Vegas megaclub Hakkasan.

“The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years,” Harris tells Forbes. “I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

The Dutch-born Tiesto fell to #2 this year, but still earned an estimated $32 million, also pulling in upwards of $200K for nightly performances.

David Guetta lands at #3 with $30 million; Swedish House Mafia comes in at #4 with $25 million; and Deadmau5 closes out the top 5 with $21 million.

Check out the full list — which includes Afrojack, Skrillex, Steve Aoki and DJ Pauly D — at

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