Dr. Dr e is king of hiphop
With $6 20 million ( around R7 billion) in e stimated pr etax earnings, v eteran r apper and record pr oducer Dr Dr e t opped Forbes list as the highest paid hiphop artist, ousting Sean “Diddy” Combs fr om the t op spot.
Forbes said Dre’s estimated annual earning s f or the 12 months between June 2013 and 201 4 are the highest of any musician in any genre it has e ver e valuated, and more than the c ombined takings of the other 24 names on the hiphop lis t r eleased on T uesday.
Much of the 49yearold’s earnings this year came thanks to the $3 billion sale t o Apple of the Beats highend headphone c ompany he founded with music executive Jimmy Iovine and other financial v entures, including c ognac and v odka br ands.
Combs ( 44) tied f or sec ond place with J ayZ ( 44) with $60 million, with earning s fr om drinks, clothing and t elevision deals. JayZ, who toured with his wife, B eyoncé, f or the fir st time with their “On the Run” concerts, pulled in mone y fr om lucr ative performances, his lat est album and his Roc Nation entertainment empire, which assured him a place in the t op fi ve.
Drake (27) came in fourth with $33 million with takings from his album Nothing Was the Same, an endorsement deal with sport swear firm Nike and a concert tour.
Grammywinning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rounded out the t op fi ve with $ 32 million.
Forbes looked at inc ome fr om record sale s, publishing , mer chandise sales, tours and endorsement deals and talked to managers, agents, lawyers and some of the artis ts. — R euters.
Sean ‘Diddy ’ Comb s — $60 million.