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Dr Dre: From gangsta rapper to mega-millionaire

Published on May 29, 2014 6:51 AM
Recording artist Dr. Dre wears a pair of Beats headphones as he attends MLB's 2010 season opener to watch the reigning World Series Champions New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts in this file photo taken on April 4, 2010. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - It is a long way from the mean streets of south Los Angeles to becoming the world's richest hip-hop star.

But that is the path set by Andre Young - better known as Dr Dre - helped by some very cool headphones.

The 49-year-old rapper turned producer and entrepreneur is likely to find himself atop Forbes's hip-hop rich list after a US$3 billion (S$3.77 billion) deal to sell Beats Electronics to Apple was confirmed Wednesday.

Forbes said on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, the deal would boost his net worth from about US$550 million to between US$700 million and US$800 million, making him hip-hop's richest man.

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