Hip-hop superproducer Dr. Dre leads the pack this year with $110 million, thanks largely to his Beats headphone line. He collected $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% 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.
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Dr. Dre came out on top with no need to drop, “Detox.” Rihanna was 12th with $53 million, Diddy 15th with $45 million, Beyonce 18th with $40 million, Jay-Z 20th with $38 million and Kanye West 22nd with $35 million.