Dr Dre IS the richest musician in 2012

Dr Dre has topped the list of richest musicians in the world in the annual Forbes list.

The rapper and musical entrepreneur was revealed to be the highest earning musician of the past 12 months, bringing home around $100m this year. The figure is likely to be predominantly money made from the sale of his Beats by Dre headphone line earlier this year. He collected $100m before tax after HTC paid $300m for a 51 per cent controlling stake in the company last year.

Elsewhere on the list there are high entries for Roger Waters, Elton John and U2, while pop acts such as Take That, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber all made the top ten. Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney all finished above Foo Fighters with Dave Grohl and band mates earning around $47m in the past calendar month. It was also revealed that Beyonce earned more than husband Jay-Z  in 2012.

You can see the full list below:

01. Dr Dre – $100 Million
02. Roger Waters – $86 Million
03. Elton John – $81 Million
04. U2 – $77 Million
05. Take That – $72 Million
06. Bon Jovi – $62 Million
07. Britney Spears – $59 Million
08. Paul McCartney – $56 Million (tie)
08. Taylor Swift – $56 Million (tie)
10. Justin Bieber – $56 Million (tie)
10. Toby Keith – $56 Million (tie)
12. Rihanna – $53 Million
13. Lady GaGa – $51 Million
14. Foo Fighters – $47 Million
15. Diddy – $45 Million (tie)
15. Katy Perry – $45 Million (tie)
17. Kenny Chesney – $42 Million
18. Beyoncé – $39 Million
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $37 Million
20. Jay-Z – $35 Million
21. Coldplay – $33 Million
22. Adele – $31 Million (tie)
22. Kanye West – $31Million (tie)
24. Michael Bublé – $29 Million
25. Sade – $26 Million

by Wallace McTavish

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