Dr. Dre tops Forbes' list of World’s 25 Highest-Paid Musicians

By Gina DiFalco,

Although it may seem unlikely, Dr. Dre has topped Forbes’ list of the World’s 25 Highest-Paid Musicians even though he hasn’t released an album in 13 years.

Dr. Dre made $110 million in 2012, $30 million more than the second person on the list, Roger Waters.

According to MTV News, he made his money mainly from his Beats headphones, earphones and accessories. He did, however, headline Coachella this year and he still gets royalties from his back catalog.

Back in 2006, Dre founded Beats Electronics with Interscope/Geffen/A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine. The first merchandise came out in 2008 but the real money came in August when Taiwanese corporation HTC bought 51 percent of the company for a reported $300 million. Dre reportedly personally got $100 million of that.

Billboard reports that Dre takes the top spot on Forbes’ list from last year’s richest, U2, who made $195 million in 2011.

Elton John came in at No. 3 with $80 million, while U2 ($78 million) U.K. boy band Take That ($69 million) round out the top 5.



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