Diddy Tops Forbes Five List of Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists

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Sean “Diddy” Combs finds himself in a familiar spot. The Bad Boy mogul reigns at No. 1 on the Forbes Five, a short list of hip-hop’s top-earning artists, edging out his peers including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Birdman.

Diddy has a net worth of $550 million, according to Forbes. The bulk of his wealth flows from his share of profits in Ciroc vodka. He also owns clothing lines Sean John and Enyce, marketing firm Blue Flame, record label Bad Boy, and various tech startups. In 2013, he looks to increase his bank roll with the launch of his first cable network Revolt.

In second place is Jay-Z, who earned $460 million. His pockets were fattened by the “Watch the Throne” tour with Kanye West and $150 million deal with Live Nation in 2008. Other lucrative ventures include his stake in the New Jersey Nets, 40/40 Club, ad firm Translation, and cosmetics company Carol’s Daughter.

Although he hasn’t released an album in over a decade, Dr. Dre ranks third with $270 million, doubling his earnings from a year ago thanks to a deal with HTC. In August, the handset maker paid $300 million to buy a 51% stake in Beats Electronics, the company Dre founded with Jimmy Iovine.

Birdman flies in at No. 4 with $125 million. The Cash Money Records founder inked a $30 million distribution deal with Universal in 1998 and continues to profit with a star-studded roster including Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj.

“One of my motivations in life is to be a billionaire,” Birdman told Forbes. “We’re going to keep working hard until we get our brand to be as big as possible. That’s the goal in life, that’s what I live for.”

Rounding out the Forbes Five is 50 Cent with $110 million. The G-Unit mogul earned $100 million after selling his stake in vitaminwater in 2007. Despite his absence from music, he continues to collect checks with his movie roles, books, and new headphone line SMS. He also gives back through his Street King energy drink, which aims to provide a million meals to impoverished nations.

The Forbes Five for 2012

1. Diddy – $550 million
2. Jay-Z – $460 million
3. Dr. Dre – $270 millon
4. Birdman – $125 million
5. 50 Cent – $110 million



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51 Comments

  1. I'm a strong boy, never cry. U better hit me with a big stone than U broke my heart

    WOW O_o

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    INCAS Reply:

    This is how Cassie gets everything! #KOH

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  2. andy

    Daaamn wasn’t expecting that

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  3. Armando

    jay-z u need 2 be back on the top #1 list push that fucker back down to #2

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  4. HEY RAP-UP

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN… JAY AIN’T YOU TOURING MORE THAN PUFF? 90M BETWEEN YA’LL? DAAAAAAAAAAAMN… I SALUTE YOU DIDDY!!!

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    lyfechanges Reply:

    @HEY RAP-UP, one word “Ciroc” thats how Diddy is probably on top…Ciroc is more popular now than its ever been….thats how Diddy is ahead of Jay

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    Rechee Reply:

    @lyfechanges, Diddy has been ahead of Jay for a long time.

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    mrsotw Reply:

    @HEY RAP-UP, all jay has to do is drop another #1 selling album, and boost sales in rocawear and he’ll be on top again

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    INCAS Reply:

    @mrsotw, yes but that takes time and by then Diddy would have launched Revolt.

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  5. Brandon

    All these dudes is gettin money!…Respect to all

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  6. Kevin

    We’re the ones that made them rich. (Diddy’s Ciroc MUST be the bizness.)

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  7. YUUUUUP

    where is em? i know he is richer than birdman for a fact

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    Say word Reply:

    @YUUUUUP, How do you know?

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  8. TheDreamer

    Congrats to them. Would love to see Jay on top!

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  9. OOL Uh Uh

    It’s so funny to hear poor people rally for rich men to become even richer. That’s interesting.

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    21.22 Reply:

    @OOL Uh Uh, hahah!

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    JO MALONE Reply:

    @21.22, lool was about to say the same damn thing. im like what y’all shaking your pompoms for?? step yo game up. lol

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    ROMANRELOADED Reply:

    @JO MALONE, Lmaoooooooo, So True

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  10. Gettem

    Jay promoted ciroc so now what pass the bucks diddy

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  11. BreezyLover

    yaay Diddy is the king!

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  12. From Tokyo

    Better to “get money” with legit business dealings. That’s what’s up.

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  13. Kam

    Birdman I thought you said you had more money than Jay-Z. “Women lie, Men lie but numbers don’t”.

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  14. Hugh

    Amazing how 3 didnt start as rappers

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  15. flawda

    You have to remember these lists are only guestimations, it’s not based on information that Forbes is privy to (bank account info, stocks,etc).

    With that said, hopefully Lil Wayne and Birdman will shut the hell up with all that about Wayne is doing more than Jay-z. Lil Wayne is selling all these albums and getting pimped by Birdman

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  16. V4LDRIN

    LIL WAYNE IS MOST RICH #1

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    _iamjones Reply:

    @V4LDRIN, wayne will NEVER EVER be richer than the top 2 diddy and jay

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  17. JoJo

    wtf is birdman there ?

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  18. alicia

    Open your eyas with that motherf iluminatis… I’m killuminati

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  19. Brionna

    All i need is 1 million

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  20. cody Banks jr

    Watch out for 50cent. The next Billionaire

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  21. quer

    diddy know how to play the game weather we like him or not is been successful for 15 year straight now ppl u remember back in 99 they said he worth 250 million are that time and jay.z is not even on the list are that time now he open big gab on jay.z now take that take that

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  22. RihannaFAME

    BIRDMAN? ……damn!

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  23. mothafucka

    fuck jay-z n as 4 birdman diddy says i remember i was countin 500 milli wen weezy made a milli.rest in peace to 50 n his carteer

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  24. mothafucka

    i remember i was countin 500 milli wen weezy made a milli-birdman diss as 4 jay z n 50,i aint even like those niggas.puffy deservse the no.1 spot

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  25. GottaDamn Luvioe16

    damn For diddy guess he been rich for a very longtime

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  26. alicia

    He’s doing manipulation of a nation to be a rich man, but in the reality he is a poor spirit a rotten illuminati

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  27. cutiegurl106

    wheres kanye? he should be on that list somewhere

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  28. aoh

    this list is deceiving if you check the actual context of the list you will see that it is more of a guess work but the most accurate of the guess work some lower their income just because of tax

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  29. kenya

    i love you diddy because he is a nice song

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  30. kenya

    diddy know how to play the game weather we like him or not is been successful for 15 year straight now ppl u remember back in 99 they said he worth 250 million are that time and jay.z is not even on the list are that time now he open big gab on jay.z now take that take that

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    kenya Reply:

    kenya said you are sexy<3

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  31. kenya

    you are sexy <3

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  32. Phillip Jecty

    Congrats Diddy!

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  35. luke the ripper

    the list is inaccurate man trust me, so u mean to tell me that besides the 100mil 50 made of viamin water,, he only made 10mil through out his whole career? bullshit
    1.diddy
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