Puff Daddy is Forbes’s highest earning musician for 2017

He topped the list ahead of Beyoncé, Drake, and The Weeknd.

December 08, 2017
Puff Daddy is <i>Forbes</i>’s highest earning musician for 2017 Puff Daddy at the Met Gala on May 1, 2017 in New York City.   Dia Dipasupil/Getty

Puff Daddy has been named as the highest-paid musician of 2017 by Forbes. The artist briefly known as Brother Love finished above Beyoncé, Drake, and The Weeknd in the annual list of earnings.


The data was taken from pretax earnings between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017. In that period it is reported that Puffy made $130 million, chiefly from his stakes in fashion brand Sean John and liqour company Ciroc, as well as the nationwide Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour.

Beyoncé's Formation World tour saw her claim the title of the highest earning woman in music for the year and placed her ahead of Drake, who made $95 million through a combination of touring and endorsement deals. The Weeknd ranks at No. 4 with earnings of $92 million, ahead of Coldplay who collectively made $88 million.


The 2016 list was topped by Taylor Swift ($170 million) who finished above One Direction ($110 million),

View Forbes' top 10 highest-paid musicians of 2017 below:

1. Diddy ($130 million)
2. Beyoncé ($105 million)
3. Drake ($94 million)
4. The Weeknd ($92 million)
5. Coldplay ($88 million)
6. Guns N’ Roses ($84 million)
7. Justin Bieber ($83.5 million)
8. Bruce Springsteen ($75 million)
9. Adele ($69 million)
10. Metallica ($66.5 million)

Puff Daddy is Forbes’s highest earning musician for 2017