Dr Dre tops list of biggest earners in hip-hop with more money than rest of top 20 combined

Jay Z, Eminem, Kanye West, Macklemore and Nicki Minaj also feature on Forbes Cash Kings list 2014

Dr Dre has topped Forbes’ Cash Kings 2014 list of the highest earning figures in hip-hop with annual earnings of $620m (£378m).

The majority of this was raised when Dre sold his share of Beats to Apple in a $3bn (£1.8bn) deal earlier this year. His annual earnings are more than the rest of the top 20, including Jay Z and P. Diddy, combined.

Forbes estimates that the $620m sum is higher than any musician they have ever evaluated before and represent a huge leap from Diddy and Jay-Z, who finish joint second with earnings of $60m (£36m) each. This figure represents Jay Z’s highest annual earnings since 2010.

The combination of a new album, arena tour and endorsement deal with Nike helped Drake finish fourth on the list with annual earnings of $33m (£20m). He came narrowly above Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with combined earnings of $32m (£19.5m). Nicki Minaj is the only female entrant on the list with $14m (£8.5m) made in the last year, landing her a spot at Number 11.

The Cash Kings list is generated by a combination of record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, tours and endorsement deal figures. All figures are estimates with fees for agents, managers and lawyers not deducted from the totals.

Forbes Cash Kings 2014:

1. Dr. Dre – $620m (£378m)
2. Jay Z – $60m (£36m)
2. Diddy – $60m (£36m)
4. Drake – $33m (£20m)
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $32m (£19.5m)
6. Kanye West – $30m (£18m)
7. Birdman – $24m (£14.6m)
8. Lil Wayne – $23m (£14.3m)
9. Pharrell Williams – $22m (£13.4)
10. Eminem – $18m (£10m)
11. Nicki Minaj – $14m (£8.5m)
12. Wiz Khalifa – $13m (£7.9m)
13. Pitbull – $12m (£7.3m)
14. Snoop Dogg – $10m (£6m)
15. Kendrick Lamar – $9m (£5.4m)
16. Ludacris – $8m (£4.8m)
16. Tech N9ne – $8m (£4.8m)
16. Swizz Beatz – $8m (£4.8m)
16. 50 Cent – $8m (£4.8m)
20. Rick Ross – $7m (£4.2m)
20. J. Cole – $7m (£4.2m)
20. DJ Khaled – $7m (£4.2m)
20. Lil Jon – $7m (£4.2m)
20. Mac Miller – $7m (£4.2m)