Quoted: Counting Dr. Dre’s billion before it’s officially hatched

“The Forbes list just changed.”

Tyrese Gibson, actor, in a (NSFW) YouTube video that seems to celebrate Apple’s rumored purchase of Beats Electronics for about $3 billion. Rapper Dr. Dre, co-founder of the maker of the pricey Beats By Dre headphones, also appears in the video and says “the first billionaire in hip-hop right here… from the (expletive) West Coast.”

In case you care about who the biggest earner in hip-hop is, some people have done the math and say if the $3.2 billion figure rings true, then the YouTube chest-puffing might also be true: Dr. Dre’s stake in Beats would work out to about $880 million. Add that to Dre’s estimated current net worth of $550 million, and in a one-on-one battle, West Coast wins, because rapper/entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs is said to be worth a measly $700 million.

 

Photo of Dr. Dre, co-founder of Beats Electronics, from AFP/Getty Images archives

 

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