Well, no one’s gonna forget about Dre now.
Forbes has revealed its list of the top-earning musicians of the decade, and Dr. Dre pulled ahead of the rest to earn the number-one spot.
Taylor Swift came close––she earned $825 million in the last ten years––but she couldn’t beat Dre. The hip-hop legend earned an unbelievable $950 million from 2010-2020.
According to Forbes, these musicians made more money than any others over the past ten years:
Dre was born Andre Romelle Young on February 18, 1965 in Compton, CA. As the founder of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics (and the former owner of Death Row Records), the rapper/entrepreneur/producer/record executive is a powerhouse, money-making machine.
The six-time Grammy-Award winner also had a fundamental role in the careers of Eminem, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, 50 Cent, Warren G, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, and an endless line of other influential artists.
His success also comes from smart business decisions. Dr. Dre has had sponsorship deals with St. Ides, Coors Light, Dr. Pepper and Chrysler 300S.
Most of Dre’s fortune comes from his near-20% stake in Beats Electronics, which Apple bought for $3 billion in the middle of the decade.
It was all the way back in July 2008 that we first saw the release of the now-ubiquitous headphone line, Beats by Dr. Dre.
When Apple purchased Beats Electronics in 2014, it was the most expensive investment they’d ever made. Being the richest man in hip hop had long been Diddy’s domain, but this business move put Dre on top. Way on top.
Entrepreneurial finesse aside, Dr. Dre is most widely lauded by fans for his musical genius. The producer is behind countless hits of the modern era:
Congratulations to Dr. Dre for being an inspiring artist whose influence spans multiple generations. If he keeps this up, he may just top the highest-earners list again in 2030.