Forbes have published their annual ‘Forbes Five’ list of the world’s wealthiest hip-hop artists.
Coming out on top is Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, founder of Bad Boy records and more recently supporter of Ciroc vodka, from which he reportedly pockets double-digit millions every year as part of his share of the profits. All of this adds up to a pretty healthy valuation at $580 million.
In a (relatively) close second is Jay-Z (what’s $100 million to these guys?), with a bank balance of $475 million, whose back pocket is also filled by more than just musical exploits, with his part ownership of the 40/40 Club, the NBA’s Brooklyn Net and Rocawear likely to be making a signification contribution.
Bronze medal position goes to Dr. Dre, or Andre Young, who after the skyrocketing success of Beats headphones has amassed a whopping $350 million.
In fourth position with a paltry $150 million lies Birdman, Cash Money Records founder, with Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson’s balance still sitting at $125 million, placing him in fifth place.