Diddy Tops Forbes Cash Kings 2013 List

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has another reason to break out the Ciroc. The Bad Boy mogul tops the list of hip-hop’s top 20 earners on Forbes Cash Kings 2013 list.

Diddy pulled in $50 million over the past 12 months thanks to his Bad Boy record label, Sean John clothing line, and Blue Flame marketing agency. But the bulk of his earnings comes from his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka.

His fellow New Yorker Jay Z earned $43 million and claims the second spot on the list with his tour, Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac, and Roc Nation label and management firm. He also collected $5 million from Samsung, who purchased 1 million copies of his album Magna Carta… Holy Grail.

Last year’s top earner Dr. Dre falls to No. 3 with $40 million following his nine-figure payout for the 2011 sale of Beats by Dr. Dre.

Nicki Minaj is the only female on the list at No. 4 with $29 million, edging out her YMCMB brothers Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Drake.

Compton’s good kid Kendrick Lamar makes his debut at No. 14 with $9 million and ties with newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose independently released debut The Heist has sold over 1 million copies in the U.S.

See the full list of hip-hop’s top moneymakers below.

Forbes Cash Kings 2013 List

1. Diddy – $50 million
2. Jay Z – $43 million
3. Dr. Dre – $40 million
4. Nicki Minaj – $29 million
5. Birdman – $21 million
6. Kanye West – $20 million
7. Lil Wayne – $16 million
8. Wiz Khalifa – $14 million
9. Ludacris – $12 million
10. Pitbull – $11 million
11. Drake – $10.5 million
12. Snoop Lion – $12 million
12. Eminem – $10 million
14. Kendrick Lamar – $9 million
14. Pharrell – $9 million
14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $9 million
17. Swizz Beatz – $8.5 million
18. Tech N9ne – $7.5 million
19. 50 Cent – $7 million
20. Lil Jon – $6 million
20. Rick Ross – $6 million
20. Mac Miller – $6 million
20. Young Jeezy – $6 million
20. ?uestlove – $6 million



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76 Comments

  1. Glamazon

    I NOW PREDICT THAT ALL THE COMMENTS ARE GONNA BE HER MINAJESTY RELATED

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    shaytan Reply:

    @Glamazon, Nicki is a new artist therefore i’m sure she has a 360 deal. So everything she touches her label takes most of it. Perfume K-Mart etc.

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    Andy Reply:

    @shaytan, she has, indeed, a 360 deal but I’m sure that Forbes shows the money she actually has.

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    Kween Ebony Reply:

    @Andy, She doesn’t have a 360 deal….

    “The battle among labels to sign Minaj heightened this summer and finalized with Minaj signing an exceptional and very unique deal with Young Money/Universal, where she retains and owns all of her 360 rights, including merchandising, sponsorships, endorsements, touring and publishing.” -XXL

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    Kween Ebony Reply:

    @shaytan, Ha! No. You need to do your research! Nicki got out of a 360 deal. Her label only makes money off her music! This is PUBLIC INFORMATION! Meaning it only takes a Goggle search to find out. Also this number is what she took in, AFTER everyone else got their cut.

    Because it it wasn’t it would be wayyyy higher! Her perfume generated 40M alone. So yeah, her number of dollars would be higher, if they counted before what the label, distributors etc took out.

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    valerie Reply:

    @Glamazon, It’s not how much money you make but how much you KEEP!

    Tax strategies
    Investments
    Steering clear of bad investments
    Staying married

    Is how you KEEP the money

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  2. Abdullah

    Thats weird

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  3. nicko

    #ONLYRapBitchOnTheFOBESList !! ;)

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    KenBarbUk Reply:

    @nicko,
    Nicki is a Hip Hop Cash King. FUCKING KING ! Just let that sink in……

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  4. slayoncé

    Not Onika making more than her own mentors & labelmates.

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  5. #RihNaj

    When will your fave female rapper?

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  6. DRB

    I need to see receipts. Also, as usual, my opinion is ‘the only people who show up on Forbes are the people who want to show up on Forbes.’

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    Bri Monroe Reply:

    @DRB,
    what’s so unrealistic about the list
    Diddy has circo
    jay z had his album and also that deal with samsung
    dre has beats
    Pitbull had a hit and and deal with kodak

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    DRB Reply:

    @Bri Monroe, I didn’t say its unrealistic. That’s not my issue. Whoever releases these numbers, regardless of how accurate or inaccurate they are, is.

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    Welp Reply:

    That made no sense whatsoever.

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    rew Reply:

    @Bri Monroe, yea that made absolutely no sense

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  7. MCHG

    Wow figures are really low this year…no wonder nicki garbage came in at 4

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    Oh Reply:

    @MCHG, It’s impressive for Hip-Hop but compared to people who really make money 30 million dollars is nothing. a 150 Million Dollar net worth is impressive but congratulations but please don’t brag about being #4 on a Cash King’s list when you should be #1.

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @Oh, What number did you come in at sis?

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    Oh Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, the same number you came in. I’m not famous neither do I want to be, but I’m just letting yall Barbz know that Nicki isn’t as rich as she claims to be, she claims to be half a billionaire whens she’s barely half a millionaire.

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    nicko Reply:

    @Oh, wait Nicki made 30M in ONE year and ure saying shes “barely half a milluonaire” r u fucking retarded ?

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @Oh, All she ever said was “On my way to make a Billi like a big goat” Her goal is to be a billionaire.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Oh, Very very stupid of yourself to say that. “who really make money 30 million is nothing” baby so you worth a minus infinite then? No sense at all.

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  8. KenBarbUK

    She’s a brand.

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  9. TheBeast

    How is Snoop lower than Drake and Pitbull when he made more than both of them?

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  10. slw84

    So when they announce a couple years back that she made $8m she denied it claiming to make more. When they said she made 15m last year sb and nicki denied it saying its way off. So 30m is basically 40m+ in all actuality. I feel good about my predictions. I can’t wait to hear them shin Forbes for being way off again. But even still she doubled ha money and this is before myx sales, her new perfume, her clothing line and by next September she’ll have a new album and a new world tour. She’s gonna double that lowballed “$29m” next year.
    Crossing the 100m net worth threshold by next year check.
    Crossing the $250m+ threshold by the end of the decade and after her 5th and final album…I can’t wait

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    Oh Reply:

    @slw84, That’ll never happen. I could see Nicki having a net worth of about 75 million max. Come on now her K-Mart clothing isn’t going to sell that much, that retailer barely has any consumers and most K-Marts are on the verge of closing because of it. Her Myx percentage is a lot but it helps but then again Myx isn’t that popular as Ciroc or any name brand liquor. Her first perfume did well and is at about 5.5 Million in the fragrance bracket. She definitely should’ve been at #2

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    T Reply:

    @Oh, you clearly know nothing about business…selling to the masses is how you get paid sweetheart

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    Oh Reply:

    @T, Don’t insult my intelligence Nicki isn’t selling to the masses if she’s a K-Mart? Got it? Wal-Mart is selling to the masses. K-Mart isn’t even a multinational retailer.

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    KenBarbUK Reply:

    @Oh,
    Chile that clothing line would have the Ratchetz piling up every Kmart store

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    Oh Reply:

    @KenBarbUK, how much money is a $5 dollar shirt going to generate from a low-end retailer who’s trying to renovate it’s brand? Not much, I’m not knocking anybodies hustle but I want you to know facts before you guys start bragging for nothing.

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @Oh, MYX just came out. So you don’t know for sure.

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    Nick Reply:

    @slw84, you can wait for HER to make millions? What is she doing for you? I understand you being a fan but chill. She’s making money, yes. But at the same time, you are not getting anything out of her prospering.

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    P.M.W Reply:

    @Nick,
    they are just stupid teenagers who have nothing else to but ‘stan’ for artist who are not aware of their existence

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    opd2 Reply:

    @P.M.W,and you are hatting on an artist that isn’t aware of you existence,so agree to disagree.

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    P.M.W Reply:

    @opd2,
    Did I miss something ?
    What artist am I hating on?
    Reading is Fundemental,opd2

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  11. Thug Prolly

    A Fucking Queen

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  12. Oh

    Only RAP BITCH on the Forbes List

    I think Nicki should at least be #2 because she mad 12 million from Idol 5 Million for a hosting Gig that’s 18 million then her tour grossed about 25+ million so she should at least be at about 45 million

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    tina Reply:

    @Oh, Kelly Rowland only got $1 million from xfactor. I know she feeling stupid.

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    Kween Ebony Reply:

    @Oh, Your right to an extent. Those figures are all before people got their cut. Somebody got her the AI they’ll probably get 10% then the clothes hair etc budget. You have to pay them. But I agree this number seems pretty low.

    Seeing that she did Adidas,Pepsi etc.

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  13. BOD DOLLY

    i see now why the krimlins are always so pressed.

    SHE’S WINNING

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    opd2 Reply:

    @BOD DOLLY,they are so upset.

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  14. BOD DOLLY

    i see now why the krimlins are always so pressed.
    SHE’S WINNING

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  15. Oh

    Why is Snoop Dog lower on the list if her made $12 million? Also Hip-Hop artist barely make 100+ millions anymore if you think about it.

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  16. Nick

    @slw84 you can wait for HER to make millions? What is she doing for you? I understand you being a fan but chill. She’s making money, yes. But at the same time, you are not getting anything out of her prospering.

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  17. ♪►MUZZAC◄♪

    YASSSSSS THAT’S MY QUEEN!!!!
    Bitches continue to hate, but my girl knows how to make her money, and not affraid to compete with these dudes!!! Nicki is an intelligent business woman!!!
    SLAY MINAJESTY!!!!
    ONLY RAP BITCH ON THE FORBES LIST!!!!

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  18. HasBeenSlayer

    The muthafucking queen, no shade to any female rappers before her, and it may sound dumb and annoying right now, but nicki will go down as a legend, if not for her goofy raps, then her BUSINESS VENTURES.

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  19. Monkeyman

    AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT NOTICED TECH N9NE IS CONSISTENTLY ON THIS LIST BUT NONE OF THESE KIDS KNOW WHO HE IS?????

    AMAZING!!!

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  20. Nicki Minaj

    I Beez At The Bank Beez-Beez At The Bank, I Beez At The Bank Beez-Beez At The Bank!

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  21. king559

    how bout t.i

    akoo
    family hustle
    hes own label grand hustle
    a actor

    he should up there 2

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    troof Reply:

    @king559, Struggle Gang

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    MariahIsREALRichBITCH Reply:

    @king559, LOL that stuggle bus is full of FLOPS he needs to venture out

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  22. KenBarbUK

    Fun Fact: when you google ‘Queen Of Rap’.Nicki’s Google Bio appears up.

    Try It Now :)

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @KenBarbUK, Yoooo I just did it, that was mad real. Ugh she so deserves that title!

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  23. BadBitch Syndrome

    The reason nicki said she made more all those times is because they dont base the forbes off of club appearances and shit like that, they dont have exact amounts just close estimates

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  24. Os

    Gratz to nicki.

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  25. LaMont

    Where’s J Cole and T.I.?

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @LaMont, Broke.

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  26. MariahIsREALRichBITCH

    *Mariah kisses her $500 million dollar empire*

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @MariahIsREALRichBITCH, Meanwhile Beyonce and Jay Z is a billion dollar couple.

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    MariahIsREARichBITCH Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, DIES because for 1 that’s a lie. JayZ and Beyoncé together have to compete with 1 person. For 2 LMFAOOO at you having to use J and B as an excuse for Nicki’s broke ass ! If Nicki was the best she’d be #1 or making 100 Million dollars or more.

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  27. channel_ROMAN

    That Nicki Reign. My Fav >> Yours.

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  29. middlefinger

    one why the fuck is snoop number 12 with $12 million, secondly I thought this is forbe cash kings so again why the fuck is Nicki one it? I mean it’s not like Beyonce or Rihanna wouldn’t top her

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    opd2 Reply:

    @middlefinger, Nicki is on there because she is that chick,get it and why are you upset calm the f-ck down.

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  30. King Dick

    Lol as I scroll up and down all is NICKI this, NICKI that. This just shows that you people are just PURE haters. You can’t even respect her hustle. At the end of the day my bitch made 29 million dollars in 12 months. Which bitch you know could ever? With a net worth of $45 mil in LESS than 4 years? NICKI MINAJ is THAT BITCH. And as much as y’all try to deny it, you know she is. We gone keep climbing this Forbes list and keep making y’all mad that she winning. NICKI came in this shit and been making moves since 09. Sorry that MINAJESTY REIGN just won’t let up!

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  31. plastic

    go onika

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  32. Maxiro

    Kendrick comes 1st on MTV list, Drake says “fuck ur list, I made Forbes list nigga”, Kendrick makes Forbes list…

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @Maxiro, Not even top 10.

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  33. Isaac1818

    Y’all arguing over OTHER peoples money. Y’all too funny man….

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  34. DontKillMyVibe

    10 years from now Diddy will still be on top

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  35. x

    I already seen a black man become prez now a rapper/hiphop mogul gon that billi mark and Diddy will reach that soon. proud of my people

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  36. toofrsh

    Pop ya kick stan little momma its the NICKSTER!!!!

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  37. nia

    queen!!!! nicki minaj Is a bad bitch!!!…and its soo funny how yall haters be denying it with the numbers right here in ur face!!!!hahaha #TeamMinaj4lifeHoe

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  38. bibi93

    new kings

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  39. @pRINCEjAWSH

    And this is news because…..

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