Dr. Dre cashed out on everybody this year

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Dr. Dre claimed to be Hip-Hop’s first billionaire in that infamous drunk video he recorded with Tyrese (?), and while that wasn’t quite true, his official earnings in the scoring period Forbes used for their most recent list, the 2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings, will make you stop dead in your tracks. $620 million. That’s how much the man whose highly anticipated album is probably never coming out made off of his business ventures–including a little music here and there–in Forbes’ last fiscal year. The financial magazine interestingly pointed out that it’s more than the other 24 people on the list made combined.

The entire list is featured below, but here are some of the more standout points from it. DJ Khaled and J. Cole are two first-time entries on the list, both of whom made $7 million last year. Drake clocked in at #4 with the highest total of his career, which is impressive considering he doesn’t have nearly as many endorsements as some of the other people on the list. Wiz Khalifa, who probably has the lowest album sales of all the other Cash Kings still managed to bring in $13 million, thanks in large part to his widely popular and annual Under The Influence tour. Near misses include Timbalanad, Akon, T.I., Kid Cudi and Nas.


1. Dr. Dre: $620 million
2. Jay Z: $60 million
2. Diddy: $60 million
4. Drake: $33 million
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: $32 million
6. Kanye West: $30 million
7. Birdman: $24 million
8. Lil Wayne: $23 million
9. Pharrell: $22 million
10. Eminem: $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj: $14 million
12. Wiz khalifa: $13 million
13. Pitbull: $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg: $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar: $9 million
16. Ludacris: $8 million
16. Tech N9ne: $8 million
16. Swizz Beatz: $8 million
16. 50 Cent: $8 million
20. Rick Ross: $7 million
20. J. Cole: $7 million
20. DJ Khaled: $7 million
20. Lil Jon: $7 million
20. Mac Miller: $7 million

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