Dr Dre named hip-hop's richest man with $620m

24/09/14

Dr. Dre

The words "count up the cash" in the opening of Dr Dre's Get Your Money Right have never rung more true.

Thanks to Apple's Beats buyout, the rapper's $620m (£378m) earnings in the last 12 months are the highest of any musician ever evaluated by Forbes.

And they make a lot of rich lists.

His total eclipses the mere $60m ($36m) earned by Jay Z, who happens to feature on Get Your Money Right, and Diddy who tied in second place.

Kanye West
Image caption Kanye West, who earned an estimated $30m (£18.3m) missed out on the top five

In fact, Dr Dre's takings are more than the combined income of all the other 24 names on the list.

Drake came in fourth with $33m (£20.2m) which will keep him happy, having told Forbes "if I'm not on your list, I'd be gravely disappointed" in 2013.

Seattle duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's $32m (£19.5m) takes the last slot in the top five, edging out Kanye West's $30m (£18.3m).

Pharrell Williams'
Image caption Pharrell Williams, whose track Happy is the UK's most downloaded song ever, placed ninth on the list

Birdman's $24m (£14.6m), Lil Wayne's $23m (£14m) and the $22m (£13.4m) wealth of Pharrell Williams place them above Eminem who earned an estimated $18m (£11m) to complete the top 10.

Nicki Minaj is the only female on the list having taken an estimated $14m (£8.5m) despite her departure from American Idol and lack of tour dates.

To form the list, Forbes considered income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures.

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