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


Congratulations are in order for the Big Homie. Sean “Diddy” Combs once again tops The Forbes Five list of Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists.

The Bad Boy mogul claims bragging rights for a fourth year in a row with $700 million, an increase of $120 million over his net worth last year. He continues to grow his empire with the addition of Revolt TV, the music network of which he’s the majority owner.

Following Puffy is Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, who moves up one spot from last year with $550 million thanks to his stake in Beats By Dr. Dre, which is valued around $2 billion.

Sean “Jay Z” Carter holds down third place with an estimated $520 million. His fortune includes the $204 million Rocawear sale in 2007, a $150 million deal with Live Nation in 2008, and Roc Nation, which is worth nine figures thanks to the addition of Roc Nation Sports.

Bryan “Birdman” Williams reigns at No. 4 due in part to his Cash Money roster including Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj, plus his YMCMB clothing line and GT Vodka deals. The Cash Money Records founder’s net worth would be over $300 million if he didn’t share his fortune with brother Slim.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson continues to get money. The G-Unit mogul rakes in $140 million, still reaping the rewards from the $100 million sale of vitaminwater in 2007. In addition to his SMS Audio and SK Energy companies, he signed an independent deal earlier this year and will release his new album Animal Ambition in June.

The Forbes Five list was determined using past earnings, current holdings, and financial documents, and talking to industry players and even some of the artists themselves.

The Forbes Five 2014

1. Diddy – $700 million
2. Dr. Dre – $550 million
3. Jay Z – $520 million
4. Birdman – $160 million
5. 50 Cent – $140 million

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  1. karamelkisses

    congrats diddy, dre & jay! vodka, headphones & sports management … way to diversify!


    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @karamelkisses, Damn. My Queen will be there one day.


  2. Hov

    Damm hov, you letting Dre pass you? Lmao


    T Reply:

    @Hov, and you’re spot on the list is…?


  3. x

    Wonder why they didn’t take into account what made in America festivals generated and his renewed deal with live nation


    Mano Reply:

    @x, he hasn’t sign any new deals , with Live nation yet. Not that I know of.


  4. miss carter

    its shawn jayz carter


  5. Gabby

    I’m proud of my brothers, get that money. Make them pay up lol for all the years they held us. Diddy, Dr. Dre and Hov.



    Diddy forever!! #BIGHOMIE


  7. Mr. and Mrs. Cater tour June 13 in Atl

    The funny this is, only one person on this list can actually rap and he’s from Brooklyn. Everyone else are either producers or one hit wonder (50cents) hahaha lmao


  8. thor

    Wow check it out!!! They all blacks!!!


  9. Major Sushi

    what about female hip-hop?


  10. Hov

    and this is why i dont music


    Territc Reply:

    Think you left a word out. What don’t you don’t about music?


  11. Big L

    Wasn’t master P #1 years ago??? I know dude couldn’t have blasted through 200-300 million in a few years?? Since they are bringing up stuff from ’2007′. He should easily be #4 on this list. And I am the furthest thing from a fan. Just stating factual information. Respect to the man who ‘doesn’t write rhymes I sign checks’. Andre Young changed my life when I was 10 years old in 1992. And I wasn’t a shawn carter fan until the ‘money, cash, hoes’ tour. Yes DMX was once bigger than hov, hard to believe but true. Respect to all the legends. I feel bad for all the young kids these days who are exposed to such trash. Not be able to ‘grow up’ in the golden era of hip hop 80s and 90s…


    Hovi baby Reply:

    @Big L, Dmx is a crack head now and Hov worth half a billi plus he’s doing Beyonce ass on a nightly basis.


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