Forbes Cash Kings 2012: Hip-Hop's Top Earners

By Drum Digital
06 September 2012

Even though Dr Dre hasn’t made an album in over a decade he has come out victorious on the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list , making the number one spot thanks to his earphones line Dre Beats. Through the earphones he has made $110 million (R 918 million ) in pretax earnings.

Diddy or Sean Combs or whichever name he goes by lately ranks No. 2 with $45 million (R 376 million), mostly from profits from Diageo’s Ciroc vodka;

Jay-Z ranks third with $38 million (R317 million), According to Forbes, Sean Carter pulled in more than half his annual earnings from ventures including ownership stakes in cosmetics company Carol’s Daughter, the Brookyln Nets and a joint venture with battery maker Duracell.

Kanye West ranks fourth on the list with $35 million (R 292 million ) fueled by his Watch the Throne album with Jay-Z and the ensuing tour.

Lil Wayne at $27 million, Wayne Carters’ latest album, Tha Carter IV, sold a million copies in its first week; According to Forbes he also launched clothing line Trukfit and also has a partnership with Pepsi’s Mountain Dew.

Also making it into the Top 10 was Drake, Birdman, Nicki Minaj , Eminem and Ludacris who all raked in more than $10 million, making it into the Top 10.

Young Money Cash Money Business stable dominating the list taking four spots in the Top 10 , with a combined worth of a whopping $85 million (709 million).

Forbes Cash Kings List Spots 11-20

11. Pitbull – $9.5 million

12. Rick Ross – $9 million (tie)

12. Wiz Khalifa – $9 million (tie)

14. Snoop Dogg – $8.5 million

15. 50 Cent – $7.5 million

16. Swizz Beatz – $7 million (tie)

16. Pharrell – $7 million (tie)

16. Young Jeezy – $7 million (tie)

19. Mac Miller – $6.5 million

20. Akon – $6 million

20. Timbaland – $6 million

20. Tech N9ne – $6 million

Source: Forbes and GlobalGrind

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