Forbes Lists Hip Hop's Richest, With Jay-Z & Diddy Competing For Top

Jay-Z and Diddy go neck and neck for the top spot again, with no one else in sight.

For years now Sean Combs and Shawn Carter have duked it out for the title of Hip Hop's wealthiest. With a $25 million advantage, Diddy takes the crown for now. Forbes listed "Hip Hop's Wealthiest Artists" and provided the current top five with Diddy and Hov far ahead of the pack.

1. Diddy ($475 million)
2. Jay-Z ($450 million)
3. Dr. Dre ($125 million)

Just two years ago, Forbes listed Jay-Z's net worth as $160 million. For more on how Forbes determines their list, read the explaination of their methodology below.

"In order to form the list, we followed the same procedures we use to calculate the list of the world’s billionaires (released today) — valuing current holdings, looking at past earnings, leafing through financial documents and talking to a bevy of 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.

To see the artists who pulled in #4 and #5, which may surprise you, visit Forbes.

109 Comments

  • Romicom K Romeo

    ON BEYONCE AND JAY Z WHO IS THE RICHEST

  • kuku

    keep getting checks HOV+. fuck dem haters

  • Mrnoluv

    I never understood how some fools believed and may still believe that Baby had more money than Jay? I mean look at P and Jay, even Dre and he hasn't done anything in the last five years. But look how they carry themselves. See I always get on here and tell you young cats that when you get older, you get wiser. You stop saying dumb things, stop doing dumb things. You can tell these young cats like Wayne don't have big money. If they did do you think they would be in jail? And look how Jay carries himself compared to Baby. Jay has Beyonce, he dresses perfect, same with P. Baby looks like a homeless cat that found some clothing in a dumpster and threw it on. Come on Baby, you are a a millionaire, start learning some class! Act the part.

  • Muneyy

    Thatz a badd ass tux Jigga got on.....

  • Nico 3

    Birdman is probably selling shit on the black market. No way he got $100 million from album sales. Diddy and Hova are businessmen, therefore, their money makes money. 50 probably has 100 accountants investing his money in 100 different places a week. So at the end of the year it looks like he was ballin. Out of all those guys, I'd say if Dre is worth $125 million and doesn't do much but endorse headphones and talk about an album that never comes out, I'd say he's living pretty good.

  • Glenn Tucker

    let the hate begin lol

  • Anonymous

    NAS IS THE G.O.A.T.

  • Anonymous

    Isn't it funny how they believe Birdman's low numbers but they don't believe 50's number??? 50 is rich but he aint as rich as his stans have been claiming!!!! (half a billion my ass!!)

  • Anonymous

    the website is right their!!! Forbes knows more than the source you are claiming. 50 Cent had to pay taxes and he just isn't as rich as you thought he was. A 100 man Secret Service Security brigade isn't cheap!!! 50 got more police than President Barack Obama and he is the first black president!!! They locked Preme up because if 50 Cent dies half the NYPD wouldn't be able to pay their mortgages. 50 must think Bin Laden is after him or something???? 50 HAS MORE POLICE THAN MY ENTIRE TOWN HAS..

  • haha

    haha what a joke of a list....50 is 10 times richer then birdman....birdman dont have no 100 million dollars gtfoh and 50 is right there with jay and diddy i dont mean to sound like a 50 fan cuz his music is trash but this list is flawed

    • Anonymous

      the website is right their!!! Forbes knows more than the source you are claiming. 50 Cent had to pay taxes and he just isn't as rich as you thought he was. A 100 man Secret Service Security brigade isn't cheap!!! 50 got more police than President Barack Obama and he is the first black president!!! They locked Preme up because if 50 Cent dies half the NYPD wouldn't be able to pay their mortgages. 50 must think Bin Laden is after him or something???? 50 HAS MORE POLICE THAN MY ENTIRE TOWN HAS.

  • What!?

    that can just put to rest all the talk bout birdman not having as much money as he claims cause he does.

  • Anonymous

    50 Cent is losing money. 50 got ripped off n that Tyson Mansion and he couldn't sell it for shit.

  • biggd

    k fuck we get it u retards lol the list is wrong, thanks for telling us. who cares? its bout music right

  • 50

    fuck forbes,this is trash,in 2008 fifty outpaced bono,he was the artist that banked the most money over the planet.

  • wowoow

    damn yo...if you combine jay-z and beyonce bread they approx 750 mil...fuckin' wild...keep on geting that paper

  • Anonymous

    where is baby? guess that football team and oil well didn't pan out huh? lol

  • 50

    howcome is that shit possible? in 2008 fifty banked 150 milli alone.

  • Rambo

    So which one of you faggots really thought Lil cumguzzling Wayne or Birdman had more money than Jay-Z??? If so kill yourself... Please... Thank you

  • Anonymous

    What yall squares have to understand is that Diddy, Jigga, Dre, Birdman have been getting money in the industry 20yrs-plus!!! They wealth didn't come fast or over-night like say 50 did... Diddy $ since 1992 Jay-z $ since 1994 Dre $ since 1988 50 $ since 2003 Baby(Cashmoney) $ since 1993 To keep it real Dre would most likely have made more $ than all of the top 5 if he wasn't such a p*ssy when he walked away from half or his ownership in DEATHROW b/c too scared to deal with SUGE and Pac back then! That Deathrow catelog is serious $!!! ------------------------------------------ DON'T FORGET THAT WHEN MASTER P WAS IN HIS PRIME HE WAS WORTH $600MIL!!! P. MILLER IS THE REAL KING OF DA SOUTH WHEN IT COMES TO IT!!! I KNOW FORBES IS REFFERING TO CURRENT RAPPERS BUT JUST HAD TO LET IT BE KNOWN! RESPECT TO PUFF, JAY, ANDRE, 50, N BRIAN FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT THOUGH!

    • Mrnoluv

      I don't know if you can say he was a pussy for walking away. I mean the guy is worth $100 mil and Suge is broke in and out of jail and Pac is dead. Call me crazy but I think Dre got the better end of the deal!

  • atlproud

    why is brian "baby" williams aka birdman not on the top of this list? his net worth is 400 million, look it up if u think im full of shit?

    • Mrnoluv

      Where are you getting your info from? Forbes is the leading informer on MONEY!!! Not just hip hop, all things MONEY! People go to Forbes to know how much things or people are worth. So when you say look it up, we did, it's on FORBES!!! Just because you might like Birdman, doesn't mean he's the richest cat out there.

    • Make Money

      it's from a trusted site...not sum dumb ass site that only thinks bout bling...if birdman's net worth in this period to date is $100mil then its a $100mil...lay it to rest..

    • Make Money

      it's forbes...not sum dumb ass site that only thinks bout bling...if birdman's net worth in this period to date is $100mil then its a $100mil...lay it to rest..

  • yerrrr

    Wheres lil wayne? lol dumb ass baby. You up there baby but unless your money is wayne money than wayne dont need to be mentioned w Jigga. "I m rapping death jam till I m the 100 million dollar man" Dude needs to makea new song with a new goal lol "Billionaire hov, he on pace to make it"

  • Lankh

    Now they have to really endorse the community. damn that mofo Diddy threw $1 mil to bitches in a strip club with that red beast Rick Ross while Kool Herc aka The-Father-of-their-profitable-job ain't got a cent for his long term treatment...

  • row

    k idk how this can be right, cuz in 2009 forbes said 50 was worth 380 mil.. how could 50 spend 280 mil in two years?? cant be

    • Mrnoluv

      Ok, these guys have holdings in companies, they may own Rocawear, then sell it. 50 a few years ago had Vitamin Water than sold it, well if he invests it into a new venture, that new venture may not be worth as much as he got from Vitamin Water so his net worth goes down. It's like this: A sells his part of a company for $100 mil, he is worth $100 mil right? He then invests $50 mil of that $100 mil into a new company that is valued at $20 mil, but it's just started and is expected to grow, but right now it's only $20 mil. Well now A is only worth $70 mil right? Also most of these guys spent money on Real Estate holdings, we all know how that did in the last few years! Donald Trump said he lost about 50-100 Million in the last 3 years in real estate.

  • Ikh-em

    Big ups Sean Combs and Shawn Carter. Keep it rolling.

  • Anonymous

    wheres birdman lol STAY HATING ON THE SOUTH

    • Spirit

      Birdman is number 5 with 100 million hater...

    • Ikh-em

      Yare yare daze. "Superproducer/rapper Dr. Dre ranks third with $125 million, fueled by past earnings generated from his own career and by helping to launch those of Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, a onetime Dr. Dre protege who reaped a nine-figure payday from the sale of Vitamin Water to Coca-Cola, rounds out the top five in a tie with Cash Money Records cofounder Bryan “Birdman” Williams at $100 million."

  • CHILLEYMOST

    TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Devon Malik Scott

    EMINEM AND DRE GOT MORE PAPER THAN BOTH OF THEM DO A STORY ON THEM.........

    • CHILLEYMOST

      TAXES,,,,,FRONTING,,,BITCHES,,,,ETC,,,,WILL EAT UP A GOOD PORTION OF THESE DUDES WEALTH,,,,,,FUCK IT BALL ON

    • VICE

      YOU SHOULD READ MORE, BECAUSE LOW AND BEHOLD IT JUST MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE ONE DAY! SHADY AFTERMATH IS OWNED BY DR DRE. AND, ITS USUALLY FORBES MAGAZINE OR ENTERPRISE THAT DROPS THE WEALTHEST ENTERTAINERS BEFORE A HIPHOP BUSINESS OUTLET CAN JUMP ON THE BAN WANGAN. EM IS NOT AS SMART AS PEOPLE THINK, IT WAS 50 CENT THAT WENT AND GOT HIM WHEN HE FELL TO THE WASTE SIDE. AND, IT WAS 50-CENT WHO GOT COMPLETE RIGHTS TO HIS LABEL GUNIT. EM'S SIDE SHOW GROUP UNDER HIS PARTIALLY OWNED LABEL DOESN'T MAKE ENOUGH FOR HIM TO PAY HIS TAXES - THEIR GARBAGE.

    • Anonymous

      Eminem is not even top 10 in money you retard,,,If you have not noticed record sales dont bring money in anymore

  • Anonymous

    A 100 man Secret Service Security brigade isn't cheap!!! 50 got more police than President Barack Obama and he is the first black president!!! They locked Preme up because if 50 Cent dies half the NYPD wouldn't be able to pay their mortgages. 50 must think Bin Laden is after him or something???? 50 HAS MORE POLICE THAN MY ENTIRE TOWN HAS.

  • Anonymous

    How can you make $100 million off dealings with Vitaminwater and 4 years later still only have $100 million???????? Was it $100 million before taxes?????? What happened to all those straight to DVD movies, sunglasses and headphones?? What happened to G-Unit records???? smh

    • lowprofile

      since when was tyson house 20 mil...it was 4.1 dumny, u ppl need 2 learn more about business when a company is sold 4 4 billion it doesnt mean dat is split str8 up u ctl need 2 pay out operations u dont knw how much had 2 be paid off, who they owed so da figure u see doesnt mean sh*t

    • Dat's right

      Estimated 100 million after taxes. They don't say how the deal was broken down if it was stocks, stock options and/or cash or how much he paid lawyers, brokers, etc...remember that you have the cost of living that is constant. You have to pay for mortgages, car notes, home owners, auto, life, health and dental insurance at least for him and his son. He also has the other expenses for child care, plus he was not just sitting on that money shit adds up quick and the Government keeps taking a bite out of that ass. Forbes estimates takes into account income(salary, payment from endorsements etc..) value of assets(paintings,property,investments, portfolio) and debt(everything you owe on cars,houses, etc..)Remember he bought Tyson's mansion in Conn for 20 mil even though he financed it he is responsible for that mortgage until he sells the house and he just dropped the asking price.

  • Truthenola

    For you idiots that try to justify Baby's comment, He said " WE MAKE THE MOST MONEY " not i make the 5th most money,. stay in your lane faggots,.Jay all day

  • smccoy

    What yall squares have to understand is that Diddy, Jigga, Dre, Birdman have been getting money in the industry 20yrs-plus!!! They wealth didn't come fast or over-night like say 50 did... Diddy $ since 1992 Jay-z $ since 1994 Dre $ since 1988 50 $ since 2003 Baby(Cashmoney) $ since 1993 To keep it real Dre would most likely have made more $ than all of the top 5 if he wasn't such a p*ssy when he walked away from half or his ownership in DEATHROW b/c too scared to deal with SUGE and Pac back then! That Deathrow catelog is serious $!!!

    • Vice

      Diddy dropped out of Howard and went to Uptown Records, where he made the label BadBoys in '93 - tried to sign Nas, and B.I.G, instead Nas parlayed with them and he watch Biggie Blow, in '94. JayZ's been underground since the early 90's but none of the big time labels was feeling dude, so he didn't drop his first album until '96, under Rockafella Records. Back stabbing 50-cent was another dude running the underground scene since the mid 90's but again nobody was feeling him. Nas - Yes Nasir Jones was the only big timer that would give 50-cent some light, as Nas allowed 50-cent to tour with him in the late '90's. But, bitter sweet 50-cent couldn't solidify anything concrete with Nas, so dude went back to the hood hating Nas. Hints, why 50-cent went after Nas in his first 2nd album. He thought he could finish the legend/GOAT! CashMoney Records was founded in 1990. And, don't care about them or their artist to respond further. Dr Dre record label started back in 1988. You got that one right! The Kanye "We Major" Super Producer of all times, ironically Dr Dre has been hustling harder than Jay and Diddy this year so far and he's not in the runnings - haha! It seems that his side bar businesses are not selling like his competitors. Being a Pussy has nothing at all to do with "Business" kid! Diddy did the same thing, when Suge stepped to him. Tupac was even scared of Suge Knight, he said it - Suge hung Vanilla Ice off of the 12 story building by his feet. Suge Knight is 6-ft 4, 300+lbs with the Crips and Bloods freshly bailed out or time served from maximum Prisons, they rolled right into the most GANGSTER LABEL OF ALL TIME - BESIDE WU-TANG! Why Because, because Wu-Tang did the same thing, picked up their brothers' from the prisons and streets for them to make an honest living. The difference, Wu-tang thug mentality stopped with the evolution of knowledge - that's why their still around! Now back to Dr Dre, he's far from a pussy younging! he's producing genius and smart businessman, period! You can't mix real business with a thug mentality, that's why back stabbing 50-cut off all of the real thugs from his circle and hired the police! If you roll with the thugs that mentality, you will self destruct eventually from the inside out - Suge Knight to a couple of Wu-tang members that got caught up in Gun laundrying and shotouts - late '90s kid! With a thug mentality, you don't need the CIA to do another Dr Martin Luther King Jr or Malcom X, Madger Evers, Panthers, etc set up! Because, yourself ignorance will be your own demise. Dr Dre saw this - which he said on Nas's second album "Nas is coming". Dr Dre said, "Fuck all of this East coast West Coast Bullshit - Let's get some paper!" Education to become a good Businessman is all its about - not who's tougher! Because, no thug in this world is more gangster then the Elite, the Rockerfellers and Almsfield to Rothchilds - they wear $1000 suits, Bentley's and owns states and countries, ya heard! Its all the education of business, which is maximize what you got before you even realize you got it. That's what the whiteman has been doing for centuries. And some like JayZ, PDiddy, Dr Dre, to even back stabbing 50-cent realize difference, which is how to Market "Gangster" without being gangster!

  • O

    Its also not surprising at all that 50 Cent and Birdman would come in at #5. I am surprised though that Forbes would mention Russell Simmons without mentioning Chris Lighty.

  • KEEP IT REAL B

    niggas hatin on 50 with "only" $100 million? lmao!! u niggas probably work at McDonald's

  • O

    Its funny that you would direct us to the Forbes website in order to finish this story. Makes no sense at all unless you got paid off or something.

  • Pablo Escobar

    "Seems like the battle of the ugliest motha fuckas in the rap game" Hahahahahahahaha Jigga still looking like Joe Camel, Diddy like a dried up Raisin in the Sun, and 50 like a Gorilla sweating in the Jungle lmfao!!!! I'm not quite at the opposite of a Forbes list or close to being there but I'm still Nigga Rich Donnie G$

  • Concerned

    Hey Guys, You guys have to take into account that both of these guys are private individuals and not major share holders in publicly traded corporations. The reason why people such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet can have their wealth estimated so easily and with relative accuracy is because their shares in their companies (Microsoft and Berkshire) are of public record. The SEC requires that all shareholders in publicly traded companies be public knowledge for investors to see and for the government to monitor any suspicious activity. Sean John, Ciroc and Rocawear or any of these guys popular holdings are not publicly traded companies. Therefore you have no clue what these companies actually clear each year and what their true ownership positions really are. I'm not saying these guys aren't super wealthy, but you also have to look at these guys expenses. Pretty frivolous lifestyles they lead and god bless them, if they earn it, they can do whatever they want with it. But granted, Forbes is trying to sell magazines and get people to visit their website. So of course they want to appeal to the hip hop world's senses by writing an article like this.

  • Anonymous

    DAMN I THOUGHT 50 WAS UP THERE ROUND 300 MILL WITH ALL THAT SHIT GUNIT WEAR,WATER,100 MILL MOVIE DEALS WTF? DONT MAKE SENSE ITS A FRAUD

  • Anonymous

    How can you make $100 million off dealings with Vitaminwater and 4 years later still only have $100 million???????? Was it $100 million before taxes?????? What happened to all those straight to DVD movies, sunglasses and headphones?? What happened to G-Unit records??? smh

  • Anonymous

    [Superproducer/rapper Dr. Dre ranks third with $125 million, fueled by past earnings generated from his own career and by helping to launch those of Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, a onetime Dr. Dre protege who reaped a nine-figure payday from the sale of Vitamin Water to Coca-Cola, rounds out the top five in a tie with Cash Money Records cofounder Bryan “Birdman” Williams at $100 million.]

  • Anonymous

    How can you make $100 million off dealings with Vitaminwater and 4 years later still only have $100 million???????? Was it $100 million before taxes?????? What happened to all those straight to DVD movies, sunglasses and headphones?? What happened to G-Unit records?? smh

  • Ikenna Berkley Jones

    @Truthhenola lol...I bet u look stupid now...Hating ass niga with out even checking the full list...lol And even if he had only 20milli$ he can stil afford to buy a 2 milli$ car...

  • Ikenna Berkley Jones

    lol...I bet u look stupid now...Hating ass niga with out even checking the full list...lol

  • Truthhenola

    Where's BABY??? dumb ass ni@@a, stay wasting your cake on 1.5 mill cars,. oh and wheres wayne,, he satys makign the most money supposedly...

  • Beezlebud

    bullshit list Will Smiths worth over 500 mill he makes a consistant 60 mill a year and has for at least the last 5... LL Cool J is worth over 300 mill from his music, ownership of def jam, fubu, endorsements like Gendarme, his movies, his tv etc ICE CUBE is worth over 300 mill he owns his own movie production company that has had many blockbuster successes from low budget flicks plus the dvd sales of all his other movies he owns the rights to like the friday franchise, the are we there yet joints plus his record label

    • kalluminati

      Whats wrong with all u guys? it never said anything about what they earned last year or this year!!! It is talking about net worth. you really think they made 400plus million this yr an only 60 whatever last yr. read the article lol.

    • DSJJ251

      no one you named is still a rapper, Will smith is making Movies, ice Cube MOVIES, LL COOL J TV Shows and he doesnt own def jam

    • Anonymous

      STFU you pathetic lil dumb fuck and who the fuck are you to determine whether Will Smith should be considered or not he has NEVER been mentioned by forbes and has always been the highest earner and wtfs your retarded argument for no LL or Ice Cube idiot, LL who owns Def Jam, Fubu, has 12 platinum albums which he owns the entire publishings for nd has earned millions per movie for 20+ movies plus endorsement, royalties, shows, features and so on not bein mentioned moron Ice Cube OWNS a movie company Are We there Yet alone made him 100 million dumb fuck the "analysts" you so worship who did this dont look back into it further than 3 years of earnings which provides a false review of Hip Hops highest earners its why Drake with 20 million was mentioned on last years list and countless others who are worth 100 plus werent its why Dre is on here as only earning 100 million despite the FACT he owns the 2 of the highest selling rappers of the last decade Eminem and 50 cent plus his own royalties and endorsements and headphones in REALITY DRE IS WORTH 300+ AND YOUR A FUCKIN FOOL FOR THINKIN EMINEM HASNT BANKED OVER 100MILLION with 50% ownership of 50 cents music and 40 million records sold plus shows and endorsements NOW RUN THE FUCK ON IDIOT

    • Anonymous

      Right cause you know better than professional analysts. Shut the fuck up. I fucking hate the internet. Everyone swears they're so damn smart when they're actually fucking idiots.. and will smith isnt considered a performer anymore... so he wouldnt be on the list regardless.

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    we the bizness 100 millon dollars now thats his networth something not rite

  • Anonymous

    some real great hiphopnews DX. is this whats its all about some money. what about great music? where are all the aftermath and badboy releases??????

  • mk

    what about master p??? uggggggggghhhhhhh!

  • LJbigbang

    I'm on the opposite of a 'Forbes List'.

  • verbs

    what about the nigga 50

  • Anonymous

    $WonDough$ sets the bar high and looks up to moguls like these

  • Anonymous

    what about birdmans oil rig money

  • Anonymous

    seems like the battle of the ugliest motha fuckas in the rap game

  • UM

    450 MILL PLUS BEYONCE = ABOUT 800 MILL.... LOL.... DAMN HOV

  • Realness121

    I think Dr.Dre is a lot more richer than that.IF YOU AGREE REPLY,I Say hes worth $600 million after Eminem,50 cent,himself,and those headphones,and everything hes done since 1996

    • chilleymost

      TAXES!!!!!!!people uncle sam punk ass takes over half, ,,over their careers they accumulated the net worth,,,

    • Trey 76

      Ya'll niggas can't read.. it says past earnings are taken into account as clear as day....

    • Lee

      Yes Sir! You're right, they don't take into account old money, with the likes of Dre, Cube, and LL; them cats still gettin checks from the 80's. I believe they only factor in recent album sales, clothing line, and misc that goes back about 3yrs.

  • bill gates

    Bill gates maybe rich but there Nigga rich !

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