After claiming Forbes’ 2012 Cash King, the Doc remains on top as the highest paid musician with $110 million. Trailing behind is Rihanna (#12 / $53m), Diddy (#15 / $45m), Beyoncé (#18 / $40m), Jay-Z (#20 / $38m) and Kanye (#22 / $35m). Forbes says:
Hip-hop superproducer Dr. Dre leads the pack this year with $110 million, thanks largely to his Beats headphone 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.