Dr. Dre Estimated To Have Made More Than Next 24 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Stars, Combined

It’s Dre Day, and everybody’s celebratin’.

Following 2013’s announcement that Jay Z and Puff Daddy were the Forbes Cash Kings (top earners) of the year, they can watch the throne now. As anticipated, Dr. Dre assumes the pole position—following a year where Apple bought his Beats By Dre Electronics line for a reported $3.2 billion that is presumed to have made the Compton, California native Hip-Hop’s first billionaire—something he even joked about.

The big ‘B’ was not confirmed by Forbes, however the Aftermath Entertainment founder is estimated to have made $620 million in the last year. Some of Dre’s artists, including Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and former Aftermath act, 50 Cent also made the list. Last year, Dre came in third with $40 million—just $580 million less than this year’s guesses.

Last year’s winners, Jay and Diddy, who have worked with Dre in their careers, were estimated as a tie at $60 million. The other 24 artists, including many approximate ties, reach a sum less than Dre’s estimated earnings. See the entire list below.


01. Dr. Dre – $620 million
02. (tie) Jay Z – $60 million
Diddy – $60 million
04. Drake – $33 million
05. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $32 million
06. Kanye West – $30 million
07. Birdman – $24 million
08. Lil Wayne – $23 million
09. Pharrell Williams – $22 million
10. Eminem – $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj – $14 million
12. Wiz Khalifa – $13 million
13. Pitbull – $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg – $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar – $9 million
16. (tie) Ludacris – $8 million
Tech N9ne – $8 million
16. (tie) Swizz Beatz – $8 million
50 Cent – $8 million
20. (tie) Rick Ross – $7 million
J. Cole – $7 million
DJ Khaled – $7 million
Lil Jon – $7 million
Mac Miller – $7 million

Source: Forbes

Do you believe these figures? If Dr. Dre stood to gain $620M, shouldn’t will.i.am, an early developer and stakeholder in Beats By Dre, make this list—especially as compared to the likes of Ludacris, who did not drop an LP?

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