Dr. Dre topped all earners on Forbes‘ “World’s Highest-Paid Musicians” lists for 2012, raking in an estimated $110 million. He left a wide gap between him and other heavy rap earners such as Diddy and Jay-Z, while besting other big name acts such as Elton John and U2.
In the time period between May 2011 – May 2012, Dre brought in $100 million pre-tax from his sale of his Beats headphone company to HTC. That alone put him atop all music earners, as Roger Waters came in a distant second with $88 million.
The positions in the top ten were dominated by pop acts and established hit-makers, including Elton John (No. 3), U2 (No. 4) Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney (tied at No. 9) and Justin Bieber (No. 10).
Fellow rap mogul Diddy is the next rapper/producer to appear on the list at No. 15 with $45 million earned, while Jay-Z claimed the No. 20 spot, Kanye slipped into No. 22 with $35 Million earned.
See complete list of top musician earners below. And for more on the list, check Forbes.
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)
–E. Parker, CBS Local
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