The people over at Forbes love to track how much money celebrities make. Their latest list has to do with the top music earners of the past decade. All figures in USD.
1. Dr. Dre, $950 million
Yes, he hasn’t released an album since 2015 and hasn’t toured for nearly twenty years. Hell, he hasn’t produced any new music since helped Eminem with “Crack in a Bottle” in 2009. But because he was a co-owner of Beats (he had 20%), which sold to Apple for $3 billion in 2014, he raked in the dosh.
2. Taylor Swift, $825 million
Big albums, big tours, big endorsement deals.
3. Beyonce, $685 million
Ditto. A lot of her extra cash came from deals with Adidas and AT&T.
4. U2, $675 million
Tours, tours, tours.
5. Diddy, $605 million
He became hip-hop’s first billionaire in the 2010s.
And interesting aside: Forbes doesn’t include dead performers in their list. If they did, Michael Jackson would have blown everyone away with earnings of $2.37 billion in the decade.
Need more? Here’s Forbes’ list of the top-earning celebrities of 2019.