FORBES: Guess Who's The World's Highest Paid Musician?
And the Richest Music Mavin Is ...
Today, Forbes magazine released its annual list of 25 Highest Paid Musicians, and, although the winner is most definitely rich and definitely accomplished, he/she may surprise you -- especially because it's not even music that landed him/her atop the list.
The winner? Dr. Dre. Thanks to his Beatsbydre headphones line, the rapped hauled in a staggering $110 million from May 2011 to May of this year.
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As the magazine explains: "He collected $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year, at the beginning of our scoring period; he and his partners later bought back half of what they sold.
The brands are so aligned, Dre and Beats, it’s just who he is,” says Kevin Liles, former president of Def Jam Recordings, who now manages acts ranging from Young Jeezy to Trey Songz. “If you look at the biggest earners, the guys have been doing it for 20 years … what’s happening now is people are really telling their truth.”
Who else made the list? Toby Keith, Justin Bieber, Roger Waters and Elton John (blech) to name a few. Click on over to Forbes for the full shebang.