Daft Punk $60 million each
The quirky French duo are notoriously secretive behind the disguise of their robot masks, this has made them “anonymous icons” as they can live among the public unnoticed and still enjoy their success. Their latest headgear was created exclusively by the Hollywood special effects shop that worked on the new Spiderman blockbuster. Despite their lack of recent tour dates and only one major merchandising campaign with The Gap, their anxiously anticipated latest album “Random Access Memories” became the fastest selling album of 2013, and their single “Get Lucky” became the most streamed song in the history of Spotify. Known for their elaborate stage set ups, crazy music videos and artistic album covers, this apparent sophistication distinguishes them from their peers. With their new music, they aim to reinvent EDM and give audiences a more emotional connection to it. When they’re not working or watching horror films, they are busy relaxing poolside with the likes of Pharrell Williams.
Tiësto Net Worth $75 millionStraight talking, Dutch born Tiësto is certainly no stranger to the high life, with 2014 marking his twentieth year in the business he has earned his $250,000 a night price tag. His status has also afforded him the customised private Gulfstream jet he uses to travel from country to country delivering his “lifestyle gigs”, which mainly attract high end fashion conscious crowds. His busy work life has meant he has very little time to take a moment out to relax in his lavish Miami home, but he does not plan to slow down anytime soon. Despite admitting to being self-conscious when he performs, Tiësto has performed at the opening ceremony to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and even made his dream of playing at the LA Staples Centre a reality. He has a wax statue at the world famous Madame Tussauds and his own character in popular video game DJ Hero. He also added marriage officiant to his resume, after he gave one lucky couple a one off opportunity to say their nuptials at one of his Vegas raves. As someone with a very strong sense of staying true to his own identity, he has refused to go down the pop music route as he is not a fan of the genre. He collaborated with Guess in what he describes as a natural union due to his own personal style, and banned glow sticks from his shows after one too many to the head.
Paul Oakenfold $58 million
The certified “Godfather of Trance” grew up in England and is a fully qualified chef. His dish of choice is a full English roast dinner, despite having now moved to LA. As well as entertaining in underground trance raves globally, he has also been responsible for the soundtracks to some of the huge Hollywood movies including; The Matrix, Swordfish and Bourne Identity. His favorite collaboration during his career is with self-confessed “Material Girl” Madonna. His previous work as an A&R for Champion Records allowed him to influence the early hip-hop movement, working with artists like Run DMC and Salt’N’Pepa. Later he went on to influence the dance music scene in England. His efforts were awarded by Queen Elizabeth herself for his contribution to the British music scene. His favorite part of his job is traveling the world and meeting fans in obscure places. In 1995 he became the first DJ to ever play on the main stage at Glastonbury music festival.
Paul Van Dyk $52 million
Dubbed the “DJ for the people” Paul Van Dyk definitely puts in the time with his audiences, known for his long DJ sets he claims by the end of the night he is usually ravenous, thirsty, desperate to pee and exhausted. He grew up in Germany, and Berlin will always be his favorite city for its liberal nature, when asked about New York he said he felt it was very “fake” in comparison. Family man above his career, he is very open about his devotion to his wife and even cancelled a gig in Canada to be with his wife when she had an operation. Despite all his musical success, he believes his biggest achievement to date was getting married and says he avoids groupies by being prepared to leave by the time his set ends so he can rush home. As a child his interest in music was inspired by the radio and it still continues to inspire his work today. He shared a Grammy award for his work on the soundtrack for "The Dark Knight," which he admits was pretty “cool”. His future plans include working out more often and finally joining a gym. His attitude to life is refreshing in comparison to his peers who enjoy the party lifestyle being an international superstar DJ brings.
Calvin Harris $46 million
Scottish born Adam Wiles (aka Calvin Harris) currently resides in LA, but frequently jets around the world to share his talent with the millions of partygoers worldwide. His face is currently plastered across the Las Vegas MGM Grand, where he has a contract to DJ for the next two years. His fees in Vegas are in the range of $300,000 a night and his sets prove popular with both the general admission fee guests and the bottle-service customers alike due to his integration of club music and pop. His popularity and hard-working attitude have meant a pretty hectic schedule, with a total of one hundred and fifty performances from January to June this year alone. His career took off through the exposure of social network site Myspace, which put him in contact with his manager Mark Gillespie. Since then he has won a Grammy and Ivor Novello Award, written songs for the likes of Florence Welch and Rihanna, and his last album 18 Months beat a record held by Michael Jackson in the UK charts. This year his entry into the Forbes list surpassed heavy weights Jay Z and Katy Perry, living the life of the rich and the famous, clearly his tattooed mantra of “enter with boldness” has worked out well for him.