from Forbesâ€™ latestÂ annual list of highest paid DJs. Â Hereâ€™s the tally for 2017.
1. Calvin Harris ($48.5 million)
2. TiÃ«sto ($39 million)
3. The Chainsmokers ($38 million)
4. Skrillex ($30 million)
5. Steve Aoki ($29.5 million)
6. Diplo ($28.5 million)
7. David Guetta ($25 million)
8. Marshmello ($21 million)
9. Martin Garrix ($19.5 million)
10. Zedd ($19 million)
Forbesâ€™ highest-earning DJ list featured a lot of familiar names, with Calvin Harris destroying the list for 2017.
Harris commanded an estimated $48.5 million over the past year, thanks to a range of huge revenue-earning gigs. Â That includes a seven-figure Vegas residency, high-paying festival slots, and pop-charting collaborations with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry.
Not far behind was TiÃ«sto, whose moneymaking prowess remains incredible over his multi-decade career. Â Just like Harris, TiÃ«sto banked on high-paying residencies and festivals, while remaining a major progressive house and trance trendsetter.
Unsurprisingly, the Chainsmokers entered at number 3, with a $38 million haul.
And the most unexpected cash earner? Â That might be Marshmello, whose unmistakeable look helped to command a healthy $21 million over past year. Â But maybe more surprising was Skrillex, who ranked 4th with a $30 million haul, according to Forbesâ€™ estimates.
Others remain year-to-year power-earners. Â Diplo dipped at number 6 with an estimated $28.5 million, while Steve Aoki bowed at 5 with $29.5 million. Â Others peppering the list are now household EDM names, like Zedd, Martin Garrix, and David Guetta.
Collectively, the broader top 10 highest paid DJs pulled in more than $300 million. Â Accordingly, that spells huge opportunity for other DJs, though the extreme millions are typically reserved for the top-ranked.
And how accurate is all of this? Â Earlier, deadmau5 blasted Forbesâ€™ estimates when he made the list. Â In blunt fashion, the DJ decried the magazineâ€™s estimates as fiction (while referencing his own bank account). Â So perhaps it makes sense to take these numbers with a grain of salt.