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10 highest-paid DJs in the world

  • 10. Avicii. He may have a name that sounds like a recruitment agency, but Swedish DJ Avicii earned $7m (£4.5m) last year with his superstar record-spinning skills. Click through as we look at the top ten highest earning electronic musicians and DJs from Forbes' newly published list of "Electronic Cash Kings".

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    Added: 03 Aug 2012

  • 9. Afrojack. Not the guy who sang about getting high (that was Afroman), the Dutch DJ earned $9m (£5.8m). He's dating Paris Hilton, who's apparently not short of a few bob, either.

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    Added: 03 Aug 2012

  • 8. Kaskade. The Chicago-born DJ and producer recently became the first DJ to sell out the enormo-sized Staples Centre in Los Angeles. He earned a total of $10m (£6.5m) last year.

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    Added: 03 Aug 2012

  • 7. DJ Pauly D. He's probably a mystery to anyone not hooked on US reality show Jersey Shore, but TV fame made Pauly D a pretty packet last year: $11m (£7.1m).

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  • 6. Deadmau5. The DJ recently described his approach to branding as being akin to creating a theme park for fans. Explains where he picked up the idea for the mouse ears, then. He earned a far from mouse-sized $11.5m (£7.4m) last year.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • 5. Steve Aoki. The American DJ and founder of Dim Mak Records performs an average of 250 gigs a year, helping him to annual earnings of $12m (£7.7m). Pictured jumping for joy, aptly.

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    Added: 03 Aug 2012

  • 4. David Guetta. The French pop-house giant likes money so much, he once wrote a song about it. Between sponsorship deals, live shows and production work, he pocketed a salary of $13.5m (£8.7m).

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    Added: 09 Jul 2012

  • 3. Swedish House Mafia. The combined dancefloor magic of Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello helped this power trio to a paypacket of $14m (£9m). They obviously don't like sharing – they recently announced their intention to split.

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    Added: 09 Jul 2012

  • 2. Skrillex. The former Sonny Moore earned $15m (£9.7m) over the last year, but then he is a self-confessed workaholic who claims not to sleep and books gigs for his days off.

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    Added: 09 Jul 2012

  • 1. Tiësto. Earning a wallet-busting, bank manager-pleasing, lottery-trumping $22m (£14m), Dutch DJ Tiësto tops the list of high-earning DJs. The producer – whose music has a pop-friendly edge – recently admitted to travelling the world in a private jet. In his position, who can blame him?

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    Added: 03 Aug 2012