THE 2ND ANNUAL FORBES ELECTRONIC CASH KINGS LIST

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AUGUST 15, 2013

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It was a few minutes after midnight when the models walked in—a signal that the party at Las Vegas superclub Hakkasan was just beginning. About two dozen of them took their places along the banquettes behind the DJ booth, dancing and smiling at the 3,000 gyrating bodies on the floor before them.

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Moments later, Tijs “Tiësto” Verwest strode to the stage. He donned a pair of headphones, raised his right hand and the music swelled ever louder as a sea of cell phones rose to snap his picture, the thick air bathed in blue by the strobe lights overhead.

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“In America, dance music is booming,” Tiësto told FORBES after the show. “At the moment … it’s the most exciting genre.”

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The Dutch DJ earned $32 million over the past 12 months, good enough for second place on this year’s Electronic Cash Kings list—the top spot goes to Calvin Harris who pulled in $46 million. Like Tiësto, he played well over 100 shows and picked up nightly fees in excess of $200,000, but ranks No. 1 thanks to hits penned for the likes of Rihanna and LMFAO, as well as a hefty publishing advance.

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

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In Pictures: The World’s 12 Highest-Paid DJs 2013

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Read the full article on FORBES.com, HERE

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