Surprisingly little is known about the suggested mediator role of emotional intelligence and mood-regulation regarding the relationship between personality and subjective well-being. Three independent samples were administered to investigate whether EI and mood-regulation served as mediators for subjective well-being beyond personality. Using structural equation modelling, the authors demonstrated the superior role of extraversion and neuroticism in explaining satisfaction with life, happiness, positive and negative affect. Consistent mediation effects were found for the trait meta-mood of repair. Contrary to expectations, the remaining variables (attention, clarity, self-efficacy of affect regulation) did not mediate the relationship between personality and well-being; neither did they show substantial incremental validity in explaining variance in SWB. Results are discussed with regard to methodological issues and practical implications. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.