Forbes Cash King – Hip-Hop’s Top Earners

By - August 10th, 2011

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Forbes has compiled its annual Cash Kings list, a top 20 ranking of hip-hop’s top earners for the period spanning May 2010 to May 2011. Not surprisingly, the rapper who’s increasingly respected for his business acumen came in at no. 1 with $37 million: Jay-Z, who’s been in the news lately for Watch the Throne, his collaboration with Kanye West released this past week on iTunes. Speaking of Yeezy, he placed third on the list at $16 million, a steep drop from the runner-up, Diddy, who at $35 million was just barely edged out by his fellow New Yorker. Rounding out the top five are Lil Wayne at $15 million, tied with Birdman, his label boss at Cash Money Records. Check out the full list after the jump. via Forbes

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1. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, $37 million

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2. Sean “Diddy” Combs, $35 million

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3. Kanye West, $16 million

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4. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter, $15 million (tie)

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4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams, $15 million (tie)

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6. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers, $14 million (tie)

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6. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, $14 million (tie)

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6. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus, $14 million (tie)

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9. Aliuane “Akon” Thiam, $13 million

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10. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, $12 million

2 comments
Sebastian
Sebastian

Iranian King, this is earnings for the 12 month period ending May 2011 not net worth. Net worth would include all earnings to date from the beginning of their respective careers. This is only what these guys made during those 12 months. Read brother.

Iranian King
Iranian King

There is no way in hell Wiz Khalifa has a higher net worth than 50. That's bull. 50 is up there with Jay-Z & Diddy...