Dre Dre is 2014’s highest-paid musician, believed to have earned $620m (€498m) in a 12-month period.
Dre also acquired the biggest one-year windfall of any musician in history, earning $3bn in the sale of Beats Music, the company he co-founded.
Dre’s wealth surpasses runner-up, Beyoncé, 2014’s highest-earning female musician, who accumulated a cool $115m (€92m).
In 2012, Dr Dre was revealed as the highest-earning hip-hop star, despite not having released an album in over ten years.
Dre’s earnings amount to more than the combined incomes of most of the remaining candidates in Forbes’ Top 10. Justin Bieber earned $80m, One Direction, $75m, and Paul McCartney took in $71m. The Eagles stand proud at number three, having earned $100m (80m Euros) over the course of the year.
To arrive at their figures, Forbes took into account touring money, record sales, publishing royalties, merchandise, endorsements, and other business ventures. They calculated for a June 2013 to June 2014 fiscal year, so Taylor Swift and U2 are not included.
2013’s highest earning musician, Madonna, just missed Forbes’ 2014 Top 30. On the back of her MDNA world tour, the Material Girl earned $125m (€100m)