Dr. Dre Tops Forbes’ ‘Highest-Paid Musicians’ List

Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre is still at the top despite not releasing an album in over a decade. The super-producer surpasses pop stars, rock stars, and his fellow rappers to rank No. 1 on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians 2012 list.

The 47-year-old hip-hop mogul earned $110 million based largely on his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones line. He pocketed a reported $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year. He and his partners later bought back half of what they sold.

Among the superstars on the list is Rihanna, who comes in at No. 12 with $53 million thanks to her endorsements with Vita Coco and Armani Jeans, her fragrance Reb’l Fleur, and her “Loud” tour.

She is followed by Lady Gaga at No. 13 with $52 million. Diddy ties with Katy Perry for the No. 14 spot ($45 million). Beyoncé holds it down at No. 18 with $40 million, while her husband Jay-Z lands two spots below with $38 million.

Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians 2012

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 (tie)
8. Taylor Swift – $57 million (tie)
10. Justin Bieber – $55 million (tie)
10. Toby Keith – $55 million
12. Rihanna – $53 million
13. Lady Gaga – $52 million
14. Foo Fighters – $47 million
15. Diddy – $45 million (tie)
15. Katy Perry – $45 million (tie)
17. Kenny Chesney – $44 million
18. Beyoncé – $40 million
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $39 million
20. Jay-Z – $38 million
21. Coldplay – $37 million
22. Adele – $35 million (tie)
22. Kanye West – $35 million (tie)
24. Michael Bublé – $34 million
25. Sade – $33 million

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41 Comments

  1. maz

    interesting to see jayz so low on the list. hmmm

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    miles Reply:

    @maz, he still 38 million dollars richer than you though.. Hmmmmmm.

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    ScheiBe Reply:

    @maz, this how much they made for the year not their whole career

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    #BEENTRILL Reply:

    @maz,

    IN A YEAR YOU PUNK.

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    ROCnation Reply:

    @maz, he hasnt done any music or big move business wise but he still made 38 million when most of those artist are on tour, have number one album have new product or the best selling headphones so thats dope that he still made enough money ro make that list

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  2. Leslie T

    Lil Wayne will be on it next year

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    Ana Reply:

    @Leslie T, Selling skateboards.

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  3. 3 pac

    He is only top because he sold a part of the BEATS brands.

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    ,. Reply:

    @3 pac,plus he makes more money off Eminems music,than Eminem him self.

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  4. Najee

    This is a Fake Forbe’s List JAy-z is no where near the bottom, beyonce isnt either.

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    NavyGirl Reply:

    @Najee, tell me what did they do this year thats why the are so damn low and plus no one is really buying Bey music

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  5. KT

    Sade is somehow making fat bank on the quiet-tip…

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    Brittpie Reply:

    @KT, RIGHT

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    SHAWTY Reply:

    @KT, !!!!!!

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  6. thedon

    Well done Dr. Dre you deserved it!

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  7. who gonna check me boo

    where is chris brown? i see why he want my boo rihanna back…lol

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  8. Realistically

    Rihanna makes more than her “boss”! Ha!

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  9. 777

    Beyonce is the queen , she just stay in
    her house, take care o
    f Blue & updated her tumblr & Ig But she earned 45million #WhenYourFaveWill??
    She even slay Jay who was in tour last Summer!!

    #Slayooooooonnnce #BeySus

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    Natasha Reply:

    @777, Stay at home??? You do realize theres other ways for Beyonce or any celebrity to still earns money without putting out anything fresh???? Music isn’t Beyonce’s only sources of incomes. Beyonce never really took break. Even on her so called breaks she stills doing other things to earn money.

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  10. Realistically

    Beats by Dre was such an ingenious idea. I wonder how much that copy-cat Ludacris makes from his bootleg “Soul Circus” headphones?

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    JK Reply:

    @Realistically, “copy cat”? seriously? in todays world no one who makes headphones can say they’re being original… in fact hardly anyone comes up with anything that original these days.

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  11. Diego

    and rick ross, birdman says they make money as fuck, they ain’t shit, even in the list they are, two fake “rappers”, officer rick and bird “no flow and rhymes” man

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  12. Diego

    and rick ross and birdman says they make money, they ain’t shit, if they make somethin’ they will appear in the list, officer rick and bird “no rhymes” man

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  13. NavyGirl

    Yes Im happy to see all of them on this list good job yall and Sade omfg girl who know you making all that tell me what you doing and Rih girl get it

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  14. frenchguy

    rich from so expensive headphones, real sheeps got it, go get Sony headphones

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    JK Reply:

    @frenchguy, haha, yeah I got these good SONY headphones on right now myself and even though I respect Dre, I wouldn’t pay that much money for ANY headphones. Getting those beats is as necessary in life as getting a really expensive car. There’s normal more reliable cars in this world that cost a lot less and I’d rather buy them, don’t you agree.

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  15. AllAmerykhanBoy

    Sade banking.. Quiet storm on they a$$e$$

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  16. anon

    This list is pretty accurate in my opinion. Although I am a little surprised Foo Fighters is so high on the list. And Sade?? mann that woman is putting in work

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  17. pinoy

    DETOX IS COMING…

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  18. beyFive

    King B didnt do anything this year, where does her money come from? LMFAO ! ♥

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  19. Natasha

    @ 777 & Beyhive, you don’t and can’t make money if all you do is sit on your behind. Obviously Beyonce is on the list because she has other things going for her. Beyonce has clothing lines, fragrances and her music, so lets not act like shes raking money and doing nothing. Beyonce is always doing something, even on her days off!!

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  20. Miszi

    RHCP

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  21. Ken Evolution

    I don’t know how this gimmick Rihanna makin bread… anyways, Beyonce an Jay are chillin an still stackin up this papertrail while Rihanna workin to make their bread.

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    Natasha Reply:

    @Ken Evolution, The same way Beyonce & Jay-z got on the list is the same way Rihanna got on it!!! Rihanna is a gimmick, yet Beyonce isn’t??? yea, okay than.

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    Brian Reply:

    @Natasha, lol y u getting touched? The navy has been saying Rihanna made over 100 million on the loud tour, where did all that money go? See what happens when u start lying?

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    Natasha Reply:

    C@Brian, I’m not part of the navy, however I’m not biased. You telling me I’m touched and yet you’re responding to me cause I touched a nerve!!! I never claimed Rihanna made $100 million on her last tour, so there for you can’t call me a liar for something I’ve never said. By the way, out of 4 of Beyonce’s solo albums, I purchased 3 of them. Out of Rihanna’s 7′s, I brought 1. Her latest ‘Unapologetic’.

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  22. Natasha

    @Ken Evolution, The same way Beyonce & Jay-z got on the list is the same way Rihanna got on !!!!

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  23. tbrazil

    For me that is a fake.

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  24. lily

    congratz yall…jay z keep ya head up

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  25. A$VP Richie

    not surprised about jay and bey, they havent done much this year but to make that kind of money without doing anything is impressive. thought kanye and adele would be higher up tho

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  26. Pour Rearz Boomztue

    interest but nice

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