Diddy is Forbes Magazine’s ‘Hip-Hop Cash King’

There's only room for one person at the top, and it's still Diddy.

By Hayden Wright

There’s plenty of money atop the rap game, but one MC earned more than all the others for the second year in a row. According to a Forbes calculation of “pretax income from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business ventures,” Diddy raked in $62 million since the same list of “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” was compiled last year.

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In addition to his record sales income, Diddy kicked off his Bad Boy Reunion Tour earlier this year and continued to push his Ciroc vodka on the masses. Drake’s Views and Jay Z’s Roc Nation empire didn’t go unrewarded. Neither did Nicki Minaj, the only woman that cracked the list, earning an estimated $20.5 million since last year.

Here’s the top 20, via Hot New Hip Hop:

20. Rick Ross ($10 million)(tie)
20. Ludacris ($10 million)(tie)
19. Swizz Beatz ($10.5 million)
18. Eminem ($11 million)
17. Snoop Dogg ($12.5 million)
14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($14 million) (tie)
14. Lil Wayne ($14 million) (tie)
14. J. Cole ($14 million) (tie)
13. A$AP Rocky ($14.5 million)
12. DJ Khaled ($15 million)
11. Kanye West ($17.5 million)
10. Birdman ($18 million)
9. Kendrick Lamar ($18.5 million)
8. Pharrell ($19.5 million)
7. Pitbull ($20 million)
6. Nicki Minaj ($20.5 million)
5. Wiz Khalifa ($24 million)
4. Drake ($38.5 million)
3. Dr. Dre ($41 million)
2. Jay Z ($53.5 million)
1. Diddy ($62 million)

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