World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers of 2012 #forbes

Posted November 29, 2012 by urbanWOM in Daily Dose

I love this Forbes list because shines reality on the disillusioned.  Of course, Elton John, U2, Bon Jovi, and Roger Waters are at the top of the list.  But, Dr. Dre made more money than any musician in the world in 2012. Here’s the truncated list of pop/hip-hop entertainers.

1. Dr. Dre – $110M (Beats by Dre sold 51%, 300 million to HTC and Dr. Dre profited 100 million)

7. Britney Spears – $58M (Selling fragrances sure smells like money, Britney earned millions from endorsements and her  fragrance line with Elizabeth Arden)

8. Taylor Swift – $57M (Swift grosses over $1M per show and she has CoverGirl endorsement)

10. Justin Bieber – $55M (Justin has a real diversified portfolio including venture capitalist – he’s invested in startups like TinyChat and Spotify.  I see he’s been taking notes from Justin Timberlake.)

12. Rihanna – $53M (Riri is humbly making millions from touring, her fragrance collection, and endorsements with Nivea, & Vita Coco)

13. Lady Gaga – $52M (Music sales and her fragrance collection)

14. Foo Fighters – $47M (They’ve been making $$ for decades now)

15. Diddy – $45M (Ciroc, Sean John, and entertainment…)

15. Katy Perry – $45M (Touring with 5 no.1 singles)

18. Beyonce – $40M (Imagine if Beyonce  dropped an album and toured this year, she would be number 1. She made $40 million without new music)

19. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $39M (Making money from their classics and from their recent tour)

20. Jay-Z – $38M (Watch the Throne, Duracell, Budweiser and other endorsements.)

21. ColdPlay – $37M (50 concerts from Mylo Xyloto)

22. Adele – $35 M (Selling over 23 million of 21)

22. Kanye West – $35M (Watch the Throne tour, Air Yeezys, women’s fashion line)

25. Sade – $33M (She will forever sellout shows)

Source: Forbes

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