Diddy, Jay Z, and Drake Top Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

  • By Olamide Onipede


A lot of rappers love to brag about their place on the Forbes list—truthfully or not. Now, the annual Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list is out, and it shows us who’s actually raking it in.

It’s not much of a surprise that the year’s top earners made a lot of their cash outside of shows and record releases, with most owning successful brands. The Money Making Mitch himself, Sean “Diddy” Combs, dethrones Dr. Dre for No. 1 with $60 million, largely through his Ciroc vodka and other brands. The Bad Boy mogul, who is readying his next album No Way Out II, also has his TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John, and alkaline water brand Aquahydrate, which help account for his fortune.

For the second year in a row, Jay Z comes in a close second with $56 million, which he earned through Roc Nation and Armand de Brignac champagne.

Drake pulled up in third place (up from No. 4 last year) with $39.5 million, from his busy touring schedule along with Sprite and Nike endorsements.

Rounding out the top five are Dr. Dre ($33 million) and Pharrell Williams ($32 million). See a full list below.


1. Diddy: $60 million
2. Jay Z: $56 million
3. Drake: $39.5 million
4. Dr. Dre: $33 million
5. Pharrell: $32 million
6. Eminem: $31 million
7. Kanye West: $22 million
8. Wiz Khalifa: $21.5 million
9. Nicki Minaj: $21 million
10. Birdman: $18 million
11. Pitbull: $17 million
12. Lil Wayne: $15 million
13. Kendrick Lamar: $12 million
13. J. Cole: $11 million
14. Snoop Dogg: $10 million
16. Rick Ross: $9 million
17. Tech N9ne: $8.5 million
18. Ludacris: $8 million
19. T.I.: $6 million
20. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: $5.5 million

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