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What is Daft Punk's net worth? French electronic music duo splits after 3 decades of musical magic

Daft Punk, one of the most popular music group to emerge in the last 30 years, announced their retirement via a video message titled 'Epilogue'
UPDATED FEB 23, 2021
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk (Getty Images)
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk (Getty Images)

Daft Punk, one of the most popular and influential electronic music duo from Paris, have announced their retirement via a video title ‘Epilogue’ posted on the morning of February 22, 2021. Daft Punk, owned by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, achieved popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French House movement. The duo had been together for more than 30 years, and now their longtime publicist has officially confirmed the split.

The ‘Epilogue’ video features the duo Bangalter and Homem-Christo, who for many years have concealed their features behind a robot concept, walking around a desert. In the video, they are seen wearing their familiar space helmets and leather jackets. After a couple of seconds into the video, one of the members looks at the other, removes his jacket, and reveals an energy pack on the back. The other member touches the button on the pack. The first member walks away and then quickly explodes. The final moment of the video cuts to sunrise, as a choral version of the group’s song ‘Touch’ plays.


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Daft Punk attends the WSJ. Magazine's "Innovator Of The Year" Awards 2013 (Getty Images)

Who was Daft Punk?

After the French house movement, Daft Punk received popularity for incorporating elements of house music with funk, techno, disco, rock, and synthpop in their songs. In videos or live performances, the duo wore ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas since 1999 and has rarely divulged information about their personal lives. 

Homem-Christo and Bangalter met in 1987 while attending the Lycèe Carnot secondary school in Paris, France. The two instantly connected over their love for electronic music and films. After working for a short while at another group, Darlin', the duo started Daft Punk in 1993. Daft Punk’s studio album ‘Homework’ was released in 1997 to positive reviews, backed by singles ‘Around the World’ and ‘Da Funk’. Their second album, ‘Discovery’, was released soon after and had hit singles like ‘Digital Love’, ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’, and ‘One More Time’. ‘Alive 2007’ won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.

Who are the founders?

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

Homem-Christo, 47, is a French musician, record producer, singer, and songwriter. Apart from co-founding Daft Punk, he has also produced several works from his record label Crydamoure with label co-owner Eric Chedeville. In regards to the record label, Homem-Christo once said: “When I make records for Crydamoure, it's a different style than what may end up as Daft Punk music. I know what Thomas likes, and he knows what I like. Crydamoure is not so production-oriented, even if it's not too far from Daft Punk. The Daft Punk material is more orchestrated and slightly different. I may be working on a sample for Crydamoure, and maybe no one else can hear the difference, but we know. It's very precise.”

Recording artist Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk (Getty Images)

Thomas Bangalter

Bangalter, 46, is also a noted French musician, record producer, singer, and songwriter. Just like Homem-Christo, even Bangalter owns his own music label, Roulè. He is also famous for providing the score for Gaspar Noé’s psychological thriller drama film, ‘Irréversible’.

What is Daft Punk’s net worth?

As of February 2021, Daft Punk has an estimated net worth of more than $140 million. This is the combined net worth of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s $70 million and another $70 million of Thomas Bangalter. The primary source of Daft Punk’s income had been through their sales.