Dr. Dre by the numbers: Charting a decade of earnings

Published: Oct 7, 2016

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Over the ten years Forbes has tracked the top 20 Hip-Hop Cash Kings, the highest-earning rap stars have pulled in an average of $22.5 million per act per year—or a combined total of $4.5 billion pretax. The king of kings is rapper-producer Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young, who has accounted for roughly a quarter of that three-comma haul—almost none of which came from his music. The NWA cofounder launched Beats by Dr. Dre in 2006 and took home $620 million when Apple acquired the company in 2014 for $3 billion. Further proof that rhyme pays.

(This story appears in the 14 October, 2016 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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