As if you needed confirmation, Dr. Dre is Hip-Hop’s cash things. This, according to Forbes , the magazine that compiles the annual list.
Earlier this year Apple shelled out $3 billion to purchase Beats, the company founded by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. Though the latter quickly claimed to be hip-hop’s first billionaire, a nine-figure tax bill means that won’t happen immediately—but he’s well on his way.
In the meantime, Dre has been racking up plenty of other financial accomplishments. His latest: capturing this year’s hip-hop cash crown with pretax earnings of $620 million. Not only is that the highest annual total of any entertainer ever evaluated by FORBES, it’s more than the combined earnings of all 24 of his companions on the 2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.
“It’s safe to say headphones is a good business,” says DJ Khaled, who makes his debut at No. 20 with estimated earnings of $7 million.
An interesting fact worth noting, Dr. Dre made more money combined than the other 24 people on the list. Damn.
In related news, word is that Beats Music will be getting folded into Apple and shuttered, although the makers of those Macbooks, iPhones and such have yet to confirm this.
Full list below, read the full story over at Forbes.
01 Dr. Dre – $620 million
02 Jay Z – $60 million
02 Diddy – $60 million
04 Drake – $33 million
05 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $32 million
06 Kanye West – $30 million
07 Birdman – $24 million
08 Lil Wayne – $23 million
09 Pharrell Williams – $22 million
10 Eminem – $18 million
11 Nicki Minaj – $14 million
12 Wiz Khalifa – $13 million
13 Pitbull – $12 million
14 Snoop Dogg – $10 million
15 Kendrick Lamar – $9 million
16 Ludacris – $8 million
16 Tech N9ne – $8 million
16 Swizz Beatz – $8 million
16 50 Cent – $8 million
20 Rick Ross – $7 million
20 J. Cole – $7 million
20 DJ Khaled – $7 million
20 Lil Jon – $7 million
20 Mac Miller – $7 million
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