Producer Dr. Dre attends the Premiere Of “American Masters Inventing David Geffen” at The Writers Guild of America on Nov. 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills
*Despite a 13-year gap between studio albums, Dr. Dre has managed to top Forbes’ new list of “The World’s 25 Highest-Paid Musicians,” earning an estimated $110 million from May 2011 to May 2012.
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Dre’s bested such competition as Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Kanye West, all of whom made the cut, and was nearly $30 million more than the man who came in at #2 on the list, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.
The last single released by Drew was “I Need A Doctor,” in February 2011. And while royalties from his expansive back catalog and payment for performances like his headlining set at the Coachella fest added to his bank account, the majority of Dre’s wealth these days comes one very profitable source: his line of Beats headphones, earphones and accessories.
Dre founded Beats Electronics with Interscope/Geffen/A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine in 2006, and the company produced the first set of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones in late 2008, and while the profits were certainly there, he really cashed in last August, when Taiwanese corporation HTC purchased 51 percent of Beats for a reported $300 million.