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Dr. Dre is the Most Influential Veteran Musician on Forbes' List

Dr. Dre is the veteran music artist highest on Forbes' list of the most influential celebrities.

The rapper and businessperson scored huge over the last year with his $3 billion sale of Beats by Dr. Dre to Apple. His $620 million take from that sale made him the biggest earner of the year.

Bon Jovi was the second highest veteran artist, coming in at 13 on the strength of grosses from their latest tour.

Overall, eight veteran music artists (and, yes, we're counting Will Smith with his earliest incarnation with DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince) made the top 100.

The Forbes annual list ranks stars from movies, TV, sports, music, books and modelling based on income from June 1, 2013 to June 1, 2014 and fame as measured in a variety of ways including mentions in media and in impact on culture score.

The top ten plus all other veteran artists in the top 100:
  • 1. Beyonce
  • 2. LeBron James
  • 3. Dr. Dre 
  • 4. Oprah Winfrey
  • 5. Ellen DeGeneres
  • 6. Jay-Z
  • 7. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 
  • 8. Rihanna
  • 9. Katy Perry
  • 10. Robert Downey, Jr. 
  • 13. Bon Jovi
  • 25. Bruce Springsteen
  • 27. The Eagles
  • 29. Paul McCartney
  • 51. Toby Keith
  • 70. Kenny Chesney
  • 75. Will Smith