If you listen to a lot of hip-hop, like some of us here at Glittarazzi HQ, then you're well aware that a lot of rappers enjoy bragging about their wealth.
In fact, many claim to hold the top spot of the biggest earner, which they obviously all can't do.
Thankfully, for the past five years Forbes has crunched the numbers and released an annual list of the top five rappers in the game.
Here's this year's list:
- Sean Combs a.k.a. Diddy, P.Diddy, Puffy Daddy, whatever. Topping the list with an estimated net worth of $550 million, the Bad Boy Record founder's interests in Ciroc Vodka, clothing lines (think Sean John and Enyce), marketing (Blue Flame firm), and even some tech startups have kept him at the forefront race to be hip-hop's first billionaire. But it's his new cable channel, Revolt, that Diddy's launching next year that may finally put him over the top.
- Shawn Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z. With a value of $460 million, Jay-Z comes in second. His sale of Rocawear for $204 million and deal with Live Nation for $150 million make up most of his money in the bank, but his stakes in the Brooklyn Nets, 40/40 Clubs, an ad firm and a cosmetics company keep his financial future solid -- along with touring and record sales.
- Andre Young a.k.a. Dr. Dre. Coming in at $270 million, it's a little surprising to see Dre on the list due to the fact that it's been a while since he released a record or toured. But with the popularity of his Beats by Dre headphones and selling 51% of company to HTC, a deal that supposedly personally made him $85 million AFTER taxes, Dre has doubled his money in the past year.
- Bryan Williams a.k.a. Birdman. Birdman, who co-founded Cash Money Records, the home of Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, comes in fourth with an estimated net worth of $125 million. Though that doesn't mean he's settling, telling a reporter: "One of my motivations in life is to be a billionaire."
- Curtis Jackson a.k.a. 50-Cent. Bringing up the rear is 50-Cent with $110 million. It's been about five years since the rapper netted $100 million from his famous Vitaminwater deal -- and, he's infamously blown a lot of that money -- but, he's still earning thanks to touring, record sales, acting jobs, and merchandising - including clothes, books, and video games.
So, the next time someone acts like hip-hoppers don't really know what it's like to roll in the dough you tell them they got money in the bank.
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