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UK VOICE: Dr. Dre named world's highest paid musician

Published:Friday | November 30, 2012 | 11:11 AM

In a poll compiled by Forbes magazine, hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre was named the world’s highest paid musician of 2012.

From May 2011 to May 2012, the rapper and producer netted £68.75m largely due to the popularity of his Beats by Dre headphones and accessories collection.

Real name Andre Romelle Young, the 47-year-old Californian earned £13m more than second placed Pink Floyd member Roger Waters.

“He collected $100m pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300m for a 51 per cent 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,” explained Forbes’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg.

The Forbes top 10 earning musicians of 2012 are as follows:

1) Dr. Dre - £68.75m

2) Roger Waters - £55m

3) Sir Elton John - £50m

4) U2 - £48.75m

5) Take That - £43.13m

6) Bon Jovi - £37.5m

7) Britney Spears - £36.25m

8=) Sir Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift - £35.63m

10=) Justin Bieber and Toby Keith - £34.38m.

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