Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre has this year been named the highest-paid musician by Forbes magazine.

Topping the financial bible's annual list after he picked up a staggering $620 million in the last 12 months, it is largely due to the sale to Apple of his Beat Electronics company.

His huge fortune puts Beyoncé into second place with $115 million, though she's one of only two other stars to earn over $100 million, with The Eagles in third place taking home that sum exactly, thanks to a world tour.

Bon Jovi came in at fourth place with earnings of $82 million and attributed their fortune to being "efficient" and keeping their entourage costs as low as possible.

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi explained: "I think it's just wise to be efficient. I know big bands where each of them have personal assistants on the road, each of them has a security guard. We don't have a security guard. Take your own friggin' bags!"

Bruce Springsteen rounded out the top five, just $1 million behind Bon Jovi with $81 million.

Justin Bieber, One Direction, Sir Paul McCartney, Calvin Harris and Toby Keith rounded out the top 10.

Forbes collated the list by speaking to industry experts and compiling income from recorded music, merchandise sales, touring, endorsements, publishing and other ventures from June 2013 to June 2014.

The list in full is as follows:

1. Dr Dre - $620m

2. Beyoncé - $115m

3. The Eagles - $100m

4. Bon Jovi - $82m

5. Bruce Springsteen - $81m

6. Justin Bieber - $80m

7. One Direction - $75m

8. Sir Paul McCartney - $71m

9. Calvin Harris - $66m

10. Toby Keith - $65m

11. Taylor Swift - $64m

12= Jay Z - $60m

12= Diddy - $60m

12= Bruno Mars - $60m

15. Justin Timberlake - $57m

16. Pink - $52m

17. Michael Buble - $51m

18. Rihanna - $48m

19. Rolling Stones - $47m

20. Roger Waters - $46m


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