With earnings totalling US$620mil, Forbes magazine crowns Dr Dre as the King of Hip Hop.

With US$620mil (RM2bil) in estimated pre-tax earnings, veteran rapper and record producer Dr Dre tops Forbes’ Cash Kings of 2014 list of highest-paid hip hop artists, ousting Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy/Puffy from the top spot.

According to Forbes, Dre’s estimated annual earnings for the 12 months between June 2013 and 2014 are the highest of any musician in any genre it has ever evaluated, and more than the combined takings of the other 24 names on the hip-hop list released on Sept 23.

Much of the 49-year-old’s earnings this year came thanks to the US$3bil sale to Apple of the Beats high-end headphone company he founded with music executive Jimmy Iovine and other financial ventures, including cognac and vodka brands.

King of Hip Hop: Legendary rapper and producer Dr Dre tops Forbes' list of the highest paid hip hop artists of 2014, with earnings coming in at a very cool US$620mil.