Alright folks, it’s that time. Time for us peasants to only imagine what it would be like to have multiple figures after the first six 0’s in your bank account. Forbes has released their annual Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists list and what do you know… Diddy, Dr. Dre and JAY Z are at the top. Again. For like the tenth year in a row. Ok, that last part was a bit of an exaggeration, but not too far off.
Despite Dre’s massive Apple/Beats deal, after taxes, Diddy still remains supreme with a cool $735 million in earnings – defending his title as the front-runner to become Hip-Hop’s first billionaire. You know, the title we all were mistakenly rushing to give Dre, before the money actually fell.
#1 Diddy ($735M)
Though Mr. Combs hasn’t yet had a Beats-level exit, he might soon, thanks to huge stakes in TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John, alkaline water brand Aquahydrate and tequila DeLeon.
#2 Dr. Dre ($700M)
His Beats sale got him the largest single-year payday of any musician in history—and a nine-figure tax bill that kept him from the top of the list.
#3 JAY Z ($550M)
His diversified portfolio continues to grow thanks to assets such as entertainment company Roc Nation and Armand de Brignac champagne. Streaming service Tidal’s impact remains to be seen.
Not to be overlooked, 50 Cent surpassed Birdman in the last 365 and now holds the fourth spot.
#4 50 Cent ($155M)
After scoring $100 million on the sale of Vitaminwater in 2008, 50 hopes to repeat the feat with stakes in new ventures including SMS headphones, Effen vodka and Frigo underwear.