Dr Dre beats Beyonce to top Forbes 2014’s highest-paid musicians list

Posted on December 11 2014 , at 06:14 pm
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Dr Dre earned $620 million before taxes thanks to the sale of Beats headphones to Apple for $3 billion. Photo: Daily Mail
(The music mogul topped the financial bible’s annual list after picking up a staggering $620 million in the last year, largely due selling his Beat Electronics Company to Apple. Photo: Anthony Ghnassia)

Dr. Dre has been named the highest-paid musician of 2014 by Forbes magazine.

The music mogul topped the financial bible’s annual list after picking up a staggering $620 million in the last year, largely due to the sale of his Beat Electronics Company to Apple.

His huge fortune makes second-placed Beyonces $115 million seem tiny in comparison, though she was one of only two other stars to earn over $100 million, with third placed The Eagles taking home exactly that sum, largely thanks to a world tour.

In fourth place is Bon Jovi, who earned $82 million and attributed their fortune to being ‘efficient’ and keeping entourage costs to a minimum.

Rounding out the top five is veteran rocker, Bruce Springsteen, just $1 million behind Bon Jovi with $81 million.

The top 10 was completed by ‘Believe’ singer, Justin Bieber, all-boys band, One Direction; Beatles legend, Sir Paul McCartney; DJ, Calvin Harris and country star, Toby Keith.

Forbes spoke to industry experts and compiled income from touring, recorded music, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures from the period June 2013 to June 2014 to produce the rankings.

Forbes’ highest-paid musicians of 2014:

1. Dr Dre – $620m
2. Beyoncé – $115m
3. The Eagles – $100m
4. Bon Jovi – $82m
5. Bruce Springsteen – $81m
6. Justin Bieber – $80m
7. One Direction – $75m
8. Sir Paul McCartney – $71m
9. Calvin Harris – $66m
10. Toby Keith – $65m
11. Taylor Swift – $64m
12= Jay Z – $60m
12= Diddy – $60m
12= Bruno Mars – $60m
15. Justin Timberlake – $57m
16. Pink – $52m
17. Michael Buble – $51m
18. Rihanna – $48m
19. Rolling Stones – $47m
20. Roger Waters – $46m

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