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Diddy, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre Top FORBES 2012 FIVE WEALTHIEST Hip Hop Artists

Well we'd be cheesin' this hard too if we were worth over a billion dollars combined. FORBES just released the 5 wealthiest hip hop artists.  And the usual suspects are indeed on the list.  While the names are no surprises, their worth may be.

 

Check out who's in the top 5 inside...

These fellas are well on their way to reaching that elusive billion dollar circle.  Check this rich people ish:

Sean "Diddy" Combs is the king of the list...having an estimated net worth of $550 million.  Now Kim Porter & Cassie's inability to leave him alone makes a least a little more sense.

The Bad Boy head honcho is ca-chinging all over the place with his partnership with Ciroc Vodka.  He gets a double digit salary annually to be the face of the liquor and to push t to the masses.  In addition to several shares of the company.  Not to mention he's entitled to a nine figure sum of money if the Diageo company ever sold Ciroc.

He's got stakes in the Sean John & Enyce clothing companies, his marketing firm Blue Flame, a few tech startups and his own Bad Boy label.  And since he will actually have ownership of his new Revolt tv channel (not just stakes) in 2013, it could possibly push him into the billionaire category in the next few years.

Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has a reported networth of $460 mill.  His stakes: 40/40 Clubs, the ad firm Translation, NJ Nets, Carol's Daughter & more.  His $150 mill 10-year deal with Live Nation (signed in 2007) and $204 mill deal selling his Rocawear label (2004) are part of his net worth, as well as his major tour money.

Dr. Dre is #3 with a $260 mill net worth.  The price on his lifestyle doubled due to the $300 mill sale of his BEATS headphones to HTC.

Birdman takes the $4 spot with $125 mill.  Mainly thanks to his $30 mill deal he twerked with Universal Records for them to house his  Cash Money Records label he and brother Slim founded decades ago. And the new crop of YMCMB folks like Nicki Minaj & Drake, in addition to the original head honcho Lil Wayne, who up the value of the company.  By the way, Universal's deal with Cash Money is up this year--so a high priced bidding war amongst the record labels may ensue.

And capping off the 5 is 50 Cent.  He's got a $110 mill net worth....with $100 mill stemming from that HUGE Vitaminwater deal where the company and his stakes were sold to the Coca-Cola company. He's made some millies from touring and sales from his clothing company, but has also spent a lot on cars, trips, and living that life.  But he's still sitting on the nest egg of his back catalog, acting gigs and 50 Cent-themed videogames, shoes and books, as well as his new headphone line SMS.

FORBES posted this message in regards to how the list was developed:

In order to form the Forbes Five list, we followed the same procedures we use to calculate our list of the world’s billionaires—looking at past earnings, valuing current holdings, leafing through financial documents and talking to analysts, attorneys, managers and other industry players to find the nitty-gritty details. We considered only performers, which is why hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons isn’t on this list.

Congrats to the fellas!

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Hummm! What ever happen to

Hummm! What ever happen to Jay being the richest in the industry, Puff always handled his buisness congrats Puff, while Jay & Baby was talking about who's money is the longest you was quietly stacking racks on racks. I guess that saying is true, sit back watch & observe,stay humble & learn from others mistakes & Puff always looking to see the unfortunate rise. Ha! Gotta love em.
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Hmmmmm...so they are the

Hmmmmm...so they are the wealthiest HIP HOP ARTISTS? I wonder who is on the list of wealthy artists in general and where these guys would stand on that list?
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"what's so funny over there?

"what's so funny over there? I'm just sitting here with my lousy BudLight... effin rich black bastards"... Ha haa! hate on, hate on
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Congrats to the

Congrats to the Multi-millionaires!! DONT FORGET where you guys came from and ALWAYS give back! Be Humble(not arrogant cause it all can be taken away in the blink of an eye!)- Good to see black people succeed and thrive in this white man's world!!
Anonymous's picture

Everybody knew diddy is a

Everybody knew diddy is a rich man i'm not gonna be hater puffy work hard for his money good luck for puff. I also think diddy is with Cassie is a smart move on diddy part because Cassie is less drama and she young and beautiful and she doesn't carry any baggage a long with her i also think is gonna working for both of them diddy make right choice this time good luck for them.
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You know it's really crazy to

You know it's really crazy to see how some of our people hate on Birdman,this guy was worth over 40 mill,before anyone eles on this list got in the game,people please do your homework,plus like the report said,his contract is up this year,and with the lists of people he has on CMR/YMCMB,you know he's going to get that $$$$,so in closeing i would love to have 'Baby money' if that's what you want to call it!! Lol...everyone one this list i would like to take my hat off too!! Great job,no hateing over here!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

You know it's really crazy to

You know it's really crazy to see how some of our people hate on Birdman,this guy was worth over 40 mill,before anyone eles on this list got in the game,people please do your homework,plus like the report said,his contract is up this year,and with the lists of people he has on CMR/YMCMB,you know he's going to get that $$$$,so in closeing i would love to have 'Baby money' if that's what you want to call it!! Lol...everyone one this list i would like to take my hat off too!! Great job,no hateing over here!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

You know it's really crazy to

You know it's really crazy to see how some of our people hate on Birdman,this guy was worth over 40 mill,before anyone eles on this list got in the game,people please do your homework,plus like the report said,his contract is up this year,and with the lists of people he has on CMR/YMCMB,you know he's going to get that $$$$,so in closeing i would love to have 'Baby money' if that's what you want to call it!! Lol...everyone one this list i would like to take my hat off too!! Great job,no hateing over here!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

YES!! Jay and Bey have an

YES!! Jay and Bey have an EMPIRE. No other female artist is connected to a man on this list. Cassie does not count as she is a JUMP OFF and very untalented as well.
KingBeyonce's picture

Well, if they can maintain

Well, if they can maintain their business antics beyond their hype, this could greatly increase. The one thing Jay z has over all is a woman who is bringing in just as much, sometimes more than himself. But, Diddy better focus on finding some lucrative artist as Dr.Dre(Eminem), Birdman(Lil Wayne & Drake), Jay-Z(Rihanna)
Anonymous's picture

I absolutely love to see

I absolutely love to see successful black men. It shows the world that our men are much more than what is seen on television; Crooks, jailbirds, drug dealers, and pimps. They are educated and talented in their own way. Some may not have been able to afford an Ivy League education but they still made it. Made it out of the slums and bad neighborhoods where they were raised and have done well for themselves and families. Yeah, they may have had a few bumps along the road. But who hasn't? As long as they learn from their mistakes, who are we to judge. People can say whatever they want about their rap content and videos. But there are other nationalities that have done worse and are still making more money than these men.
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It's not $550M in earnings,

It's not $550M in earnings, it’s $550 in NET worth, that means if diddy were to sell EVERYTHING he owns (shares in companies, record labels, etc…) he would me make $550M. The article actually says that he makes “double-digit millions” from his collaboration with Ciroc. My guess is that he doesn’t make much money elsewhere (Bad Boy as a label has no record-selling artists) and ENYCE, well, lol. So bottom line is diddy makes anywhere between $10M and $99M a year, for all of those who care.
ForbesGuy's picture

Look at dude's face behind

Look at dude's face behind Puffy! Wonder what he's thinkin'! "Shoulda never let them ni66ers have $$!" Dave Chappell voice* LOL Hi hater! 
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the guy on the right is

the guy on the right is trying to get some inside tips...lol...THIRSTY...LOL...do it guys...
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congrats on their success!

congrats on their success!
shuga's picture

Can't be mad at that! I'm

Can't be mad at that! I'm glad these dudes have some diversity and are making money from various investments/business deals and not just rap/music. Many-a-Dockers-wearing-white-boy is stewing about this right about now, LOL. I remember a white guy at an eatery in NYC getting pissy with his friend for buying a Vitamin Water, saying he was just making 50 Cent richer. I was LMAO inside. :-)
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Anonymous's picture

It's rude to count other

It's rude to count other people's money.
Ashley's picture

Rich is an understatement

Rich is an understatement smh, cheers to them....but on a side note that white guy looking at them on the right looks mad as hell hehehe
Shar's picture

Dre is THE MAN ...... the

Dre is THE MAN ...... the rest of those fools can take a seat (smh)
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damn i thought fif woulda

damn i thought fif woulda atleast been ahead of baby idk why BUUUUUT congrats anyway fella's praise him:))))
Anonymous's picture

Hopefully this would shut up

Hopefully this would shut up Baby and Lil Wayne, you're not in Jay-z league musically or finance wise.
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sweetie I just thought you

sweetie I just thought you may need to read this ...its a repost (and true) You know it's really crazy to see how some of our people hate on Birdman,this guy was worth over 40 mill,before anyone eles on this list got in the game,people please do your homework,plus like the report said,his contract is up this year,and with the lists of people he has on CMR/YMCMB,you know he's going to get that $$$$,so in closeing i would love to have 'Baby money' if that's what you want to call it!! Lol...everyone one this list i would like to take my hat off too!! Great job,no hateing over here!!!!!! .....sidenote (contact is about to be up) and contract was created before nicki, drake became as big as they are so NEW contract may double hunni Just a Little Knowledge for you Just performance along Drake and Nicki makes 150mill+ a performance and lil wayne makes even more.....so with that being said I'm pretty sure Birdman has room to talk about him being in the same league as jay-z......love them both..... they both are hard working so instead of comparing their dollars and hating congrats to them.....and think about what you can do to get on their level ...I know I am
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correction $150,000 a

correction $150,000 a performance
Sitting Pretty's picture

Damn so Jay wasn't lying when

Damn so Jay wasn't lying when he said "you got Baby money...n!ggas ain't got my lady money" LOL! I hear that Jay!! put them fools in their place
Aye's picture

Black men, take note!It

Black men, take note!It doesn't have to stem from rapping, but take not of the entrepreneurial spirit that these men posses!
Anonymous's picture

Ok fab 5 black moguls

Ok fab 5 black moguls
Anonymous's picture

Ching, Ching!!! Who face

Ching, Ching!!! Who face shall I sit on?
Gold Digga's picture

LMAO!!!!!! LMAO!!!! U

LMAO!!!!!! LMAO!!!! U wrong!!! LMAO
Anonymous's picture

first!!!!!

first!!!!!
Baby bells's picture

50 cent newest and youngest

50 cent newest and youngest outta the top 5. no ones new since 2033 is getting $$4 like that in hiphop and being 100% black
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