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Dr. Dre Is World’s Highest-Paid Musician; Britney Spears, Rihanna & Diddy Make the Top 25

Dr. Dre tops Forbes ‘The World’s 25 Highest Paid Musicians’ list, largely due to the success of his Beatsbydre headphones line.

“He collected $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year, at the beginning of our scoring period; he and his partners later bought back half of what they sold.

The brands are so aligned, Dre and Beats, it’s just who he is,” says Kevin Liles, former president of Def Jam Recordings, who now manages acts ranging from Young Jeezy to Trey Songz. “If you look at the biggest earners, the guys have been doing it for 20 years … what’s happening now is people are really telling their truth.”

Not too far at #7, Britney Spears ranks as the only female in the top 10 — which can be attributed to her highly successful perfume line with Elizabeth Arden. Want to find out who else makes the top 25? Check out the complete list below! 

1. Dr. Dre – $110 Million
2. Roger Waters – $88 Million
3. Elton John – $80 Million
4. U2 – $78 Million
5. Take That – $69 Million
6. Bon Jovi – $60 Million
7. Britney Spears – $58 Million
8. Paul McCartney – $57 Million
8. Taylor Swift – $57 Million
10. Justin Bieber – $55 Million
10. Toby Keith – $55 Million
12. Rihanna – $53 Million
13. Lady GaGa – $52 Million
14. Foo Fighters – $47 Million
15. Diddy – $45 Million
15. Katy Perry – $45 Million
17. Kenny Chesney – $44 Million
18. Beyonce – $40 Million
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $39 Million
20. Jay-Z – $38 Million
21. Coldplay – $37 Million
22. Adele – $35 Million
22. Kanye West – $35 Million
24. Michael Buble – $34 Million
25. Sade – $33 Million

via TIME

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