Dr. Dre Tops Forbes’ Highest Paid Musicians List


He hasn’t dropped an album in over 13 years. But that hasn’t stopped Dr. Dre from being named no. 1 on Forbes’ highest paid musician list.

The West Coast hip-hop icon and celebrated producer lead Forbes’ World’s 25 Highest-Paid Musicians with an estimated take of $110 million dating back from May 2011 to May 2012. The impressive haul helped the Good Doctor beat out such heavyweights as Britney Spears ($58 million), Taylor Swift ($57 million), Justin Bieber ($55 million), Rihanna ($53 million), and Jay-Z ($38 million).

The rest of the top 5 pulled in the bucks mainly through rigorous touring. Coming in at no. 2 was former Pink Floyd composer and leader Roger Waters who brought in $88 million from his epic The Wall trek. Veteran music superstar Elton John collected $80 million from his road warrior work. Legendary rock band U2, who led the Forbes’ list last year with $195 million, dropped to no. 4, with $78 million. And the reunion tour of U.K. boy band Take That banked $69 million.

Dre came in first at the finish line due to his Beats Electronics company he founded with Interscope/Geffen/A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine in 2006. But that was only the beginning of Dr. Dre’s cash-in. As the makers of the ubiquitous Beats By Dre headphones, the company hit pay dirt last August when Taiwanese corporation HTC brought 51 percent of Beats for $300 million. That business move helped Dre take in an additional $100 million

It’s been an intriguing year for the studio visionary born Andre Young. His moneymaking music endeavors saw Dr. Dre handling production on his own single “I Need A Doctor,” which featured best-selling MC and longtime protégé Eminem and newcomer Skylar Grey. He made headlines for his paid appearance with cohort Snoop Dogg at the 2012 Coachella Festival where the pair shocked the world presenting a mind-numbing performance of a groundbreaking hologram of the late Tupac. And he oversaw Aftermath artist Kendrick Lamar’s critically-acclaimed, no 1. album Good Kid, m.A.A.d City—Keith Murphy (murphdogg29)

The complete Forbes’ World’s 25 Highest-Paid Musicians list is as followed:

1. Dr. Dre ($110 million)

2. Roger Waters ($88 million)

3. Elton John ($80 million)

4. U2 ($78 million)

5. Take That ($69 million)

6. Bon Jovi ($60 million)

7. Britney Spears ($58 million)

8. Paul McCartney ($57 million)

8. Taylor Swift ($57 million)

10. Justin Bieber ($55 million)

10. Toby Keith ($55 million)

12. Rihanna ($53 million)

13. Lady Gaga ($52 million)

14. Foo Fighters ($47 million)

15. Diddy ($45 million)

15. Katy Perry ($45 million)

17. Kenny Chesney ($44 million)

18. Beyonce ($40 million)

19. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($39 million)

20. Jay-Z ($38 million)

21. Coldplay ($37 million)

22. Adele ($35 million)

22. Kanye West ($35 million)

24. Michael Buble ($34 million)

25. Sade ($33 million)

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