The 15 Richest Musicians: From Jay-Z to Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Dr. Dre

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Forbes just released its list of the "World's Most Powerful Celebrities," a somewhat arbitrary compilation that ranks everyone from athletes to movie stars to radio personalities "based on entertainment-related earnings plus media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online)."

According to that formula, Jennifer Lopez is currently the most powerful celebrity, beating out folks like Oprah and Manny Pacquiao, to earn the top spot. Several musicians also made the cut, including Adele and Tiësto. But the 15 artists we've ranked after the cut have one thing in common: money.

From rappers to county stars, these are the 15 musicans who made the most money last year.

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15. Jay-Z: $38 Million

He's a true renaissance man. Jay's an avid art collector, gifted musician, and business mogul. It's no wonder that he's got "Obama on the text."

14. Beyonce: $40 Million

Let's just say that Blue Ivy's inheritance is going to be massive. Beyonce banked mad loot last year. We wouldn't be surprised if the Knowles-Carter household stored more money than a bank.

13. Kenny Chesney: $44 Million

Unless you're a fan of tropically inspired country music, you know Kenny Chesney as the dude who married Renée Zellweger. His legal team knows him as their meal ticket.

12. Diddy: $45 Million

This Bad Boy is a moneymaker. Dude makes sound investments and shits out $100 bills like there's no recession.

11. Katy Perry: $46 Million

She may not be making that Britney Spears money just yet. But Katy Perry is well on her way to becoming one of richest pop stars. And best of all, she won't have to share it with that Russell Brand toolbox.


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