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Forbes List of Hip Hop’s Richest Revealed – Who is Number One?

Jay-Z is Hip Hop's top earner
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When it comes to making money in the hip-hop game, everybody is staring up at Jay-Z’s throne.

The 41-year-old rapper and mogul took in $37 million over the past year, making him the highest-earning hip-hop star. The $37 million includes record sales, a 10-year, $150 million deal with Live Nation and part ownership of the New Jersey Nets, among other investments.

The artist presently known as Sean “Diddy” Combs snagged the second spot, with $35 million in yearly earnings. Jay-Z’s current partner in rhyme, Kanye West, was third at $16 million.

Cash Money label mates Lil Wayne and Bryan “Birdman” Williams tied for fourth, with $15 million in earnings, while Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg were right on their heals at $14 million apiece.




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