Selling Beats to Apple made Dr. Dre 2014’s highest-paid musician

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Dr. Dre made an enormous amount of money in 2014. Forbes puts his single-year payday at $620 million, which is the most of any musician in history. And yes: Tim Cook played a big role in the hip-hop and business mogul’s lucrative year. No one came out a bigger winner than Dre after Apple agreed to purchase his Beats Electronics business for $3 billion. To understand just how far that payday catapulted him, we need only look to the second-place spot on Forbes’ list. Beyoncé took in $115 million on the strength of her surprise, platinum-selling iTunes release, a sold out tour, and various endorsement deals. Dr. Dre made over five times more than one of pop’s biggest stars, so it’s fair to say that Beats and the business world have been…

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