Following right behind Jay is Diddy who fell just shy of Hov’s $37 million with $35 million of his own, and Jay’s partner in rhyme Kanye West raked in $16 million over the past year landing at #3 on the Cash Kings list.
Hip-hop’s reigning Cash King continues to reap the benefits of a 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal, as well as stakes in the New Jersey Nets, the 40/40 Club chain, ad firm Translation and others. This year marked the first time he out-earned wife Beyonce since their marriage in 2008. For more on the business of hip-hop, check out Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office.
Music now accounts for less than 20% of earnings for the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy, thanks to big stakes in clothing lines Sean John and Enyce, record label Bad Boy and marketing firm Blue Flame. But it’s his Ciroc vodka deal that led FORBES to estimate his net worth at $475 million this winter.
The self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don returns to the top three for the first time since 2009. His new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, hit stores in November, earned critical raves and quickly went platinum. His follow-up, Jay-Z collaboration Watch the Throne, debuted on August 8th.
The rest of the top 10 Hip Hop Cash Kings include Lil Wayne and Birdman tied at #4 with $15 million earned, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg tied in the #6 spot with $14 million earned, Akon at #9 with $13 million earned, and Ludacris rounds out the top 10 with $12 Million earned over the past year.
The rest of the top 20 Hip Hop Cash Kings are as follows:
11. Wiz Khalifa/Drake with $11 million
13. Pharrell $10 million
14. Timbaland $7 million
15. Swizz Beatz/ Nicki Minaj $6.5 million
17. Rick Ross/50 Cent/Pitbull $6 Million
20. T-Pain/B.o.B $5 million
Head over to Forbes’ site to view the write-ups on the rest of the top 20.