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For the first time ever, Forbes has ranked the top-earning YouTube stars. They might not be household names, but these online personalities rake in the money for pretty much just talking. For instance, the top earner Felix Kjellberg aka PewwDiePie pulled in $12 million for his expletive-heavy video game commentaries.

“The list measures earnings before subtracting management fees and taxes. Our figures are based on data from Nielsen, IMDB and other sources, as well as on interviews with agents, managers, lawyers, industry insiders and the stars themselves,” according to Forbes.

Check out the 13 DIY filmmakers who have made millions doing what members of older generations may consider more play than work.

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Calvin Harris Tops Forbes Highest-Paid DJs List Again

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The Scottish producer once again tops Forbes annual Highest-Paid DJs list. With a substantial gap between himself and the runner-up slot, Calvin Harris isn’t loosening his grip on the No. 1 spot anytime soon.

Thanks to a hit album, high-paid gigs and lucrative endorsements, Harris raked in $66 million the past twelve months. Coming in at a distant second place was David Guetta who raked in $37 million. Rounding out the Top 3 is Dutch DJ Tiesto.

Speaking of the Dutch, the Netherlands was well-represented with three DJs in the Top 10. Sadly though, not one woman made the cut. Forbes did mention that sister duos Nervo and Krewella came close.

Overall, the Top 10 DJs took in $274 million combined. When compared to the Top 10 in 2012, it’s more than double. Then, the higher tier of DJs earned $116 million. Check out this year’s top-earning electronic kings below.

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Being the face of the revolution against President Snow pays.

Forbes reveals that Jennifer Lawrence is the highest paid actress over the past 12 months. At a whopping $52 million, she soars above her compatriots. No doubt a good chunk of that coin comes from The Hunger Games franchise. Her lucrative endorsement deals for brands such as Dior certainly pad her bank account quite nicely as well.

Coming in at the runner-up slot is Scarlett Johansson at $35 million thanks to The Avengers and Lucy. Rounding out the Top 3 is Melissa McCarthy at $23 million.

Last year’s top dog Sandra Bullock falls to No. 15 on this year’s list, earning $8 million according to the publication. Check out below which other actresses are laughing all the way to the bank.

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Iron Man 3 is the highest-grossing movie so far in 2013 with $1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales. With those kind of receipts, one would think it’s star Robert Downey, Jr. would easily take the crown on Forbes Highest-Grossing list. It’s only a natural conclusion. Unfortunately for him, Robert only starred in one film the entire year. Sneaking past him to steal the title was someone who starred in four films. Here’s a little hint. It’s someone from the Fast and The Furious franchise.

Before we get to the winner, I just wanted to commend both Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence for breaking into the male-dominated Top 10. Bullock knocked out the competition with her one-two punch of Gravity and The Heat, while Lawrence hit the bullseye with Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Check out the Top 10 below. In addition to the top slot, there are a couple of other surprises. At least for me, there was.

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After losing out to Elizabeth Taylor last year, Michael Jackson reclaims the top slot on Forbes Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. Without the $184 million from her record-breaking Christie’s auction this year, Liz drops all the way to No. 4. Meanwhile, MJ is once again the king by earning $160 million from the past year.

That figure is already impressive enough but when you compare it to the publication’s top earner on their recent Celebrity 100 list, it’s astonishing. Madonna raked in $125 million. It’s the third time in the past five years that a dead celebrity has outranked a living one. Apparently, it pays more to be dead than alive these days. Check out the rest of the Top 10 deceased celebrities below.

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If there’s one industry where females dominate the males, it’s the fashion one. When you compare the cumulative earnings total of the Top 10 men to the women, it’s a measly $8 million as opposed to the ladies who bring in a whopping $83 million. Gisele Bundchen alone raked in $42 million while the top-earning male model cashed in only $1.5 million. Insane right?

Check out Forbes’ Top 10 Earning Male Models from September 2012 to September 2013 below. Almost half of them I’ve featured in my Model Behavior feature. I’ve linked their names to their respective dedicated post where numerous more photos are there for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

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Who knew spinning tracks could be so lucrative? Just a few years ago Calvin Harris was bagging groceries in Scotland and now he’s the world’s highest paid DJ, earning $46 million in the past year. Not to mention getting to hang with the likes of Rihanna, Florence Welch and Ellie Goulding to name a few.

Harris leads an impressive list of musicians collecting six-figure nightly checks for performing at nightspots from Las Vegas to Ibiza and for other business ventures once reserved only for rock, rap and pop royalty. His string of eight Top 10 UK hits from his 18 Months LP probably didn’t hurt either. Harris takes over the top slot from Tiesto who ruled Forbes list last year. Check out the rest of the Top 12 below which includes a Jersey Shore alum.

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All is not completely hopeless for Lindsay Lohan. If she’s ever in doubt about making a legitimate comeback, all she needs to do is look at Robert Downey Jr. for inspiration. There once was a time when the 48-year-old actor was considered damaged goods after a string of drug arrests, rehab stints and box office bombs. Now, he’s Forbes Highest-Paid Actor In Hollywood based on earnings from June 2012 til June 2013.

According to the publication, Downey Jr. raked in an astonishing $75 million over the past year. A massive sum bolstered by gigantic blockbuster hits like The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Both of those movies made over $1 billion at the international box office.

Coming in second place is everyone’s favorite former stripper turned Hollywood A-lister, Channing Tatum. The 33-year-old new dad’s runner up status was buoyed by the success of Magic Mike. Since he self-financed the flick, he laughed all the way to the bank with most of the film’s profits. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below. There’s a couple of surprises including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson making the cut.

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