Dr. Dre Made More Money This Year Than Any Musician Ever

attends WSJ. Magazine's "Innovator Of The Year" Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

Dr. Dre Made More Money This Year Than Any Musician Ever

attends WSJ. Magazine's "Innovator Of The Year" Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City.

Dr. Dre topped Forbes’ list of the highest-paid hip-hop acts a few months back, and now the financial mag has named Dre the world’s richest musician overall, a conclusion that should surprise no one after Dre and Jimmy Iovine sold their Beats empire to Apple for $3 billion this year. Thanks largely to that Apple payout, Dre earned $620 million in 2014, which Forbes calls “the biggest single-year payday of any musician in history.” That’s almost as much as the combined income of the rest of the top 10. Beyoncé is at #2 with $115 million, which is the most she’s ever earned in a year. She’s followed by a trio of classic rockers: the Eagles ($100 million), Bon Jovi ($82 million), and Bruce Springsteen ($81 million). Surprisingly, Taylor Swift just missed the top 10, though she’ll probably have no trouble breaking into that tier next year when she tours behind the world-conquering 1989. Check out the full list below, and read more details at Forbes.

1. Dr. Dre ($620 million)
2. Beyoncé ($115 million)
3. The Eagles ($100 million)
4. Bon Jovi ($82 million)
5. Bruce Springsteen ($81 million)
6. Justin Bieber ($80 million)
7. One Direction ($75 million)
8. Paul McCarney ($71 million)
9. Calvis Harris ($66 million)
10. Toby Keith ($65 million)
11. Taylor Swift ($64 million)
12. Jay Z, Diddy, Bruno Mars ($60 million)
15. Justin Timberlake ($57 million)
16. Pink ($52 million)
17. Michael Bublé ($51 million)
18. Rihanna ($48 million)
19. The Rolling Stones ($47 million)
20. Roger Waters ($46 million)
21. Elton John ($45 million)
22. Kenny Chesney ($44 million)
23. Katy Perry ($40 million)
24. Jason Aldean, Jennifer Lopez ($37 million)
26. Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion ($36 million)
28. Muse, Luke Bryan ($34 million)
30. Lady Gaga, Drake ($33 million)

Forbes notes that these artists fell just short of the list: Britney Spears, Avicii, Kanye West, Madonna, Macklemore, David Guetta, Lil Wayne, Tiesto, and Birdman.

[Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.]

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