Dr Dre ranks as Forbes' highest-paid musician at $122m
Published on Nov 30, 2012 7:47 AM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - You may be singing Call Me Maybe or dancing Gangnam Style to this year's music, but it was veteran hip-hop artist Dr Dre who topped Forbes' list of the 25 highest-paid musicians in 2012, released on Thursday.
California native Dre, 47, became one of the leading names in hip-hop and rap in the early 1990s and has worked with artists including Eminem and Snoop Dogg.
Along with his extensive back catalog, Dre's lucrative headphones business, Beats by Dre, helped him gross US$100 million (S$122.3 million) in pre-tax earnings according to Forbes.
The list's top 10 was dominated by veteran musicians, with Pink Floyd's bassist and singer Roger Waters coming in at No. 2 with earnings of US$88 million from his lucrative The Wall Live tour, and British singer Elton John at No. 3 with US$80 million.
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