Diddy Tops Forbes’ Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists List

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It’s all about the Benjamins. Sean “Diddy” Combs has once again been crowned the Wealthiest Hip-Hop Musician by Forbes.

The Bad Boy mogul ranks No. 1 on this year’s Forbes Five, the magazine’s annual list of hip-hop’s wealthiest artists, with an estimated net worth of $580 million. The bulk of Diddy’s fortune comes from non-musical ventures including his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc.

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter holds down the No. 2 spot with a net worth of $475 million. The Roc Nation mogul continues to amass his wealth with the $204 million sale of Rocawear in 2007, $150 million deal with Live Nation, plus stakes in Roc Nation, Carol’s Daughter, the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, and D’ussé Cognac.

While he may not have released an album in 14 years, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young still ranks third with $350 million, up $80 million from last year, thanks mostly to his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

Bryan “Birdman” Williams rules the No. 4 spot with $150 million from his Cash Money/Young Money empire (which includes superstars Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne), YMCMB clothing line, and GT Vodka.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson rounds out the top 5 with $125 million. The G-Unit mogul’s brand continues to grow with music, merchandise, video games, and books. He is still reaping rewards from selling his stake in VitaminWater to Coca-Cola in 2007.

The Forbes Five for 2013

1. Diddy – $580 million
2. Jay-Z – $475 million
3. Dr. Dre – $350 million
4. Birdman – $150 million
5. 50 Cent – $125 million



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39 Comments

  1. kate

    Hate diddy. He is arrogant and only loves money he is garbage

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    Ursula Reply:

    @kate, Glad to know you’re a fan.

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    Like Really Reply:

    @kate, he is arrogant and will always be 4eva.

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  2. One

    any music video with a bad boy artist in it = ciroc commercial

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    KeepItReal Reply:

    @One, nicki minaj makes no where close to 125millon dollars, girl bye

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    TheQueenIsHere Reply:

    @KeepItReal, did anyone mention that she makes near that amount? You seem like you have a person problem… #StayPressed

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    Rihanna Navy Reply:

    @KeepItReal, She Still New In The Game

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    Like Really Reply:

    @KeepItReal, lmao wow ur a dumb ass ni9ga it takes fukn yrz to get that kinda money and no nicki is not gonna be that damn rich. so of course shes not gonna be that high up on the list with record sales or deals or not . it just doesnt happen that fast bitch fukn idiot

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  3. Oh

    No Nicki???/ Same ol same ass niggas everytime

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    Speechless Reply:

    @Oh, Chile please, nicki could only work FOR these people.

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    Humz Reply:

    @Oh, You honestly think she would make the list?

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  4. Layla

    Same people all the time.

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    troof Reply:

    @Layla, Dr Dre is the most respected rapper

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Layla, Who did you expect? Yelawolf? Lol.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Ursula, D-E-A-D … well damn!

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  5. Speechless

    I dont care how much money he has. No amount of money will make up for the amount of respect he’s lost over the years.

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    troof Reply:

    @Speechless,Dr Dre is the most respected rapper

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Speechless, Why you mad though? Section 8 & Welfare? Oh, ok.

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  6. #BEENTRILL

    Diddy is not an artist!

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    Like Really Reply:

    @#BEENTRILL, damn right he’s not. he rap-talks his lyrics

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  7. BreezyLover

    I’m jealous. And i can see i am nit the only one ^

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  8. Zack

    Always interesting to see that the richest guys release the less music

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    JB Reply:

    @Zack, why are you on RAPup.com if you don’t realise JAY Z has 11 Solo albums?

    11 Number 1 solo albums

    Ignorant person

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    Zack Reply:

    @JB, i mean in the last few years, should be a little more precise.

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    JB Reply:

    @Zack, ‘Watch The Throne’ and The Throne Tour was less than two years ago. The Tour stopped less than a year ago

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    Zack Reply:

    @JB, yeah but Jay(and 50) are kind of the exceptions. Still its been some years since his last solo album and last year he only killed feat verses.

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  9. ♦CorCor♦

    OMG IF I HAD THAT MUCH MONEY…!!!!!!!!!! AND THEY NEED TO COMBINE ALL THAT MONEY AND HELP THE FUCKIN’ WORLD OUT!

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    JK Reply:

    @♦CorCor♦, sadly they never will.
    but then again… unless EVERYONE would give out their money at the same time, no one would.

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  10. AAA

    People shutup, none of these ppl pay your bills,so shutup

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  11. freshed

    so hes paid. now contrast that with respect and see where he ranks

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  12. XXX

    Yh its the same people again because they have artists under their management …. they might be rappers but you have roc nation, bad boy, YMCMB .. ETC

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  13. Youdontknowmyname

    Get that money Diddy$$$

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  14. CODE RED Chris Dorner

    The good thing about this list is that u will never hear any Hip Hop artist phone in on a Radio Station and start yapping about how they shoule number so and so!!! This is Fact!

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  15. Aqs

    Shit, 50 still #5 and he ain’t do nothin’
    I mean, no album, no tour, no shows..
    This dude ain’t even got to rap anymore

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  16. Like Really

    every damn time a new person aka a new artists signs to bad boy records aka diddy’s records inc. per-say lmao it takes like damn near 2years for a artists to come out on bad boys and if not 3years. and when they have there album not (albums lmao) come out its like they only say famous for 1 long damn year on bad boys.

    look @ cassie it will be 7years in aug 2013 that cassie has came out with ur album. i fill like diddy is fukn her over, has a contract with bad boys. lets just leave NextSelection & intersope out. and not a mixtape in april 2013 just think bout it.

    and here we go with french montana its gonna be a damn near 2years (wait a minute dnt 4get he was tryin 2 contact kanye west on good music records) then signed to bad boys, where fuk is his album, not here yet we have been waitin 4 his album for a year now, and now his album is coming out in may 2013 witch might be delayed again (we will see how that goes).

    diddy is makin money off these artists (new artists), signing there contracts, to come join bad boys records but will r not seein albums, only singles here and there and maybe a mixtape or two. that is y diddy is rich as fuk cuz he can get away with it all. its like he’s profiting money off of them.

    thats y i dnt have no respect for diddy and his bad boy record label cuz he’s hogging all the money up. no wonder y jay-z cnt catch up 2 diddy and jay-z hasnt been out since the end of summer of 2012. DONE

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    dadady Reply:

    @Like Really,

    lolz record sales these dont even make that much money what u think its the 90s

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  17. Philkevins

    Guyz lets husttle

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  18. x

    I now understand why some celebs call forbes out for misrepresenting their wealth i mean diddy and Dre i may understand. on their list last year he was “reportedly” worth $460mil and this year he grew only $15mil? well let’s see: the successfull made in America festival philly which included a large chunk of his own artists and those he manages was a fuckin smash with sponsors like duracell (with whom he collaborated o a product),his own Rocawear, Budweiser which is repped by Translation Agency (a company he also co-owns),the WTT tour dominated hip hop tours of all time,the Nets merchandises were pretty profitable, he had his own string of concerts for barclay center(which he has a minority stake in),Roc nation is through the roof,the Broadway Fela he co-produces is selling out nationwide,his stakes in D’usse cognac,sovereign brands (owner of ace of spades),carol’s daughter,40/40 club,viddy,his spotted pig restaurant and so on….i doubt Forbes on this one

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    x Reply:

    @x, speaking of Jay by the way

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