Forbes has released this year’s Hip Hop Cash Kings list, which features Dr. Dre at the top.
Dre, who earns the #1 spot with pretax earnings of $620 million, has reached two feats with this amount, according to Forbes’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg.
“Not only is that the highest annual total of any entertainer ever evaluated by Forbes, it’s more than the combined earnings of all 24 of his companions on the 2014 Hip Hop Cash Kings list,” Greenburg writes.
Last year, Puff Daddy earned the #1 spot on this list. He was followed by Jay Z at #2 and Dr. Dre at #3.
Drake lands in the #3 spot this year with $33 million in earnings. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis arrive at #4 with a combined $32 million. Kanye West rounds out the Top 4 with $30 million.
The Cash Kings list is made after assessing of an artist’s income, but it doesn’t include some expenses.
“To form this year’s Cash Kings list, we considered income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures,” Forbes says of its list. “Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2013 to June 2014 and based on data from Pollstar, the RIAA and Nielsen SoundScan, and from interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and some of the artists themselves.”
To view last year’s list, click here.