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Forbes Hip Hop Top 20 List

by Minority Fortune

A little bit of old with a little bit of new is featured in this year’s top earning hip hop artists. We weren’t surprised at all to see Jay Z and Diddy top the list, as these are the two who have invested heavily in a brand for themselves and diversified investments. The list revealed a few shockers for us as well. Why has Wiz Khalifa earned so much money?!  Pitbull making the list is a refresher. We were also surprised to see 50 Cent further down on the list. Could that be a sign that 50’s mogul empire isn’t as solid?

Check out the Forbes list and article below:


Forbes has unveiled the annual list of Hip-Hop’s top 20 earners and as usual, Jay-Z has landed at #1. The rap icon has outperformed all other contenders including Diddy, Eminem and even Kanye West…

Interestingly, Nicki Minaj was the only woman to make the list, placing at #15 with earnings of $6.5 million.
Look below for the list of Hip-Hop’s top 20 earners:

1. Jay-Z – $37 M

2. Diddy – $35 M

3. Kanye West – $16 M

4. Lil Wayne/Birdman – $15 M

6. Eminem/Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg – $14 M

9. Akon – $13 M

10. Ludacris – $12 M

11. Wiz Khalifa/Drake – $11 M

13. Pharrell – $10 M

14. Timbaland – $7 M

15. Swizz Beatz/Nicki Minaj – $6.5 M

17. Rick Ross/50 Cent/Pitbull – $6 M

20. T-Pain/B.o.B – $5 M

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