Forbes Predicts That Sean "Diddy" Combs Will Become Hip Hop's First Billionaire

The Bad Boy mogul might just beat out 50 Cent, Jay-Z and more in the quest to hit a billi.

Forbes magazine released its Forbes 400 list of America’s richest citizens, but no Hip Hop moguls managed to make the cut. Analyzing the race to become Hip Hop’s first billionaire, the publication predicts that Sean “Diddy” Combs will be the first to cross the billi mark with his current estimated net worth of $500 million.

The magazine explains that Diddy’s vodka deal with Diageo as an owner of Ciroc could increase his net worth. The Bad Boy honcho rakes in annual profits from the growing brand and could get a large payout if it’s sold. Additionally, his stakes in Sean John and Enyce as well as marketing firm Blue Flame and Bad Boy could put him ahead of Jay-Z as Hip Hop’s richest figure.

Birdman disagreed, proclaiming that Young Money Cash Money will earn an ninth zero before anyone else. “I think Young Money Cash Money would be the first billion-dollar brand in hip-hop,” he wrote in an email. “We strong and growing every day as a brand and fast. Within the next few years we will be billionaires.”

Other contenders include Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. Head over to Forbes.com to read the full story.

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93 Comments

  • Rock

    What's it with everyone wanting to be a billionaire. Me i wanna do what's never been done become and become the first Trillionaire

  • Black Entrepeneur Bitches

    WRD...finally a Black man going to hit a Billi a true marketing genius

  • Osiel Salas

    yall niggas need to shut the fuck up. dick ross eminem and 50 blows u out of the lava motherfucker. the other afro-american nigga who's laughing with his dreadlocks, i swear im gonna beat the shit out of him he's gonna suck my dick so hard that dick ross will lose calories by doing this u stupid fat ass gorilla with boobs. fuck dirty money and all that shit

  • dtown504

    Puffy should have been close to a billion a few years ago but the economy I guess. Also, Wayne already said they are doing the prepaid debit card thing ala Baby Phat/Russell Simmons and he's coming out with a clothing line. I don't know about Baby being a billionaire but Wayne will be the one who makes that money. We all know Baby isn't too good with finances and isht. So Baby, don't touch the money please. But for any hip hop artist to make that much they have to branch out, invest and become partners in some other corporate ventures. Wayne already says he is retiring in a few years so he is stacking his chips. Baby buying 2 million dollar cars ain't gonna get u to the billionaire's club.

    • Daniel Gregory

      yall niggas need to shut the fuck up. dick ross eminem and 50 blows u out of the lava motherfucker. the other afro-american nigga who's laughing with his dreadlocks, i swear im gonna beat the shit out of him he's gonna suck my dick so hard that dick ross will lose calories by doing this u stupid fat ass gorilla with boobs. fuck dirty money and all that shit

    • NEWS FLASH

      BABY IS STILL CEO OF CASH MONEY WAYNE IS PART OWNER MOST OF THAT MONEY GOES TO BABY WHY DO YOU THINK JUVENILE BG AND MANNIE FRESH LEFT BABY FUCKS YOU OUT OF MONEY WHY DO YOU THINK SO MANY PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SUE HIM LIL WAYNE DON'T CARE HES GOT HIS POCKET MILL AND A BABY DICK IN HIS ASS

  • Billionaire

    500 mill? Talk to me when he is at least worth 900 mill. Otherwise find something else to write about.

  • Real Music

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  • RTIY

    NEWS FLASH BIRDMAN, YOU GOTTA SELL MORE THAN RECORDS TO BE A BILLIONAIRE, PRIME EXAMPLE LOOK AT EM, HE SELLS MILLIONS BUT BARELY MAKES THE LIST, AND THE WAY BIRDMAN AND CASH MONEY LOOK, AINT NO CORPORATE AMERICA FUCKING WITH THEM, THEY CANT EVEN WALK IN A MEETING TO SIT AND PURCHASE A SMALL STAKE IN ANYTHING WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A FOOL..THE ONLY WAY THEY EVEN HAVE A SHOT TO REACH THAT GOAL IS TO HAVE NIKI START DOIN PORN ...

  • optimus rhyme

    Birdman need to start showing some bank stubs. I never see him on any list. He's loaded, but i haven't seen any proof that he's up there with Puff and Jay.

  • Anonymous

    am i the only person that literally gets upset every single time baby opens his fuckin mouth????? thats a real question

  • beezlebud

    Will Smith>>> he has the potential to easily hit the billion mark before these clowns, do you have any idea how much endorsement money he turns down, think about it, he doesnt endorse shit n he's one of the biggest actors/celebs on earth right now he makes 60 mill a year without tryin to make money, jus doin his movie work, if he actually went out in hunt of endorsement or launched some of his own brands he'd easily be outbanking all these niggas, shit he is already outbankin them but forbes refuses to class him as HIP HOP coz they dont know shit about HIP HOP

  • Anonymous

    so if you so rich puffy then buy all the unreleased tracks from biggie and release a proper album you bitch

  • ifuckedurgirl

    yo hate on YMCMB all u want, but think bout all the bread their guna be makin on nicki minaj nd drizzy.....foreal just think bout that, oh yeah i forgot bout lil wayne too, they got the best chance to do it

    • Think

      the key is he dont just have music read it them two artist aint shit to a brand of vodka consumed largely on a daily basis

  • nash

    rumour has it that jay is not happy bout the publication yall.

  • Jioxer

    So what the fuck does that mean for me? Nothing! Biggest sell out in Hip Hop history. What do you expect?

  • Anonymous

    YMCMB i would rather them be billionares then Diddy can be next and fuck Jay he should be broke.

  • KANYE WEST

    WOW THAT SHIT CRAY THAT SHIT CRAY THAT SHIT CRAY THAT SHIT CRAY

  • Jesus

    pssh man fuck diddy. if i dropped my cock on his Girlfriends forehead he'd lick the spot i just dropped it at. dude should just keep getting that Gay money, share a bed with Birdy and Wayne, maybe go blood, and yell out swag while getting ass fucked by J.lo oh and congrats on being the first on a billi...dicks

  • ireally mean it

    FUCK PUFFY FUCK JAYZ FUCK NAS FUCK ICE CUBE FUCK DRE FUCK 50 CENTS FUCK EMINEM FUCK RICK ROSS FUCK LIL WAYNE FUCK BABY FUCK YOUNG JEEZY ALL FAKE NIGGAS SITTING ON THE THRONE THAT THE JEW GAVE THEM TO BRAINWASH AND KILL THE YOUTH WITH THEIR KILL SELL DRUGS TO GET RICH BY ALL MEANS NECESSARY .REAL NIGGAS LIKE PAC N BIGGIE GOT KILLED SO THESE HOUSE NIGGERZ CAN SPREAD THEIR LIES A

  • the truth

    that's what happens when you take it in the ass behind closed doors and sacrifice your closest one in puffys case biggie smalls no man got big unless he made certain deals with the devil

  • 3headed monstah

    best brains n the industry is puffy, fif n russel simmons.. jay n bee, might together, but not alone.. russel train has slow down unless he market his nephew right fif is money hungry and the negro is a prime example of how to get our the hood and educate urself..he is a brilliant marketor, and is more than liable to hit a bili, not jus in the music industry so i agree, puffy will hit a bili first, he like fif got the brains and power but he is more connected, and is more loved by both straght and gay community lol jk puff p.s young money cash money no .. drak good but no bili for him nor niki, baby got the dough but wasting it wen weezy cds come out lol jk .. baby im just saying but i dont think they as a record label will hit a bili unles they tour non stop for a decade

  • yerrrr

    lol where is all this money baby has? this nig must have 500 mil burried underground somewhere cause forbes doesnt even recognize dude. He must be tripping or counting illegal money that forbes cant account for in which case he ll never be considered because this is for legal business men

  • Anonymous

    lol birdman ... if this big red star tatted head makes a billie first over jay and diddy, I may just have to drop my 9-5 and become a full time blood.

    • Geee UP

      Trust me son these nigga that are say the are blood, 1 most are not real gang bangers, 2 brought there was into the gang, and 3 you will not find them on any given day putting work like they say they do, what they do, do well is fool the young and dumb to be thinking the out there doing all the things they say, it all for the money fake leing Niggas

    • WHY NOT

      ITS NOT LIKE THERE CHECKING IF YOUR REAL OR NOT SOMEBODY SHOULD HAVE KILLED THESE TWO A LONG TIME AGO BUT THAT MONEY KEEPS YOU SAFE I GUESS

  • SBMobile

    That's interesting considering Jay-Z & Beyonce both have more money than him + make more annually. Journalism is truly dead. Long live the "blogger", I guess! Sad

  • Rolando Mercado

    damm, he's not close yet. they said his current net worth is 500 million, halfway mark. but he would have to avoid a bad move, shit if he were to have success with his label again he would be closer. as far as baby goes, net worth is determined by income and value of companies that he owns, and he spends a shit load of money on things that lose value once you buy them. diamonds being the worse shit you can buy.

  • Osiel Salas

    Man. fuck birdman!!

  • Sit Down

    Man it get so tiring reading the crap you kids write on these boards. Some of you aren't even kids which makes it worse. You guys are trying to tell these multi-millionaires how to manage their money??? Really?

    • STAND UP

      DUMB ASS WERE NOT TELLING THEM WERE TELLING YOU DON'T MAKE THE SAME STUPID MISTAKES(IF YOU GET IN MONEY) LIVE AND LEARN

  • PHILLY REP

    Wonder how Suge Knight feels about this. If you had told Suge in 95'.. "You gonna be irrelevant and Diddy gonna be worth close to a Billion" he probably woulda laughed it off.

  • jack johnson

    Does he actually make money from hip hop music any more?

    • ???

      I believe this question asked if he still makes money anymore from "hiphop". Where he makes "most of his money" or whereever else could just be completely irrelevant to the question. Also this article describes him as a "hiphop" mongul. Thus this question is reasonable and doesn't deserve the childish response

    • Anonymous

      VODKA IDIOT! READ NEGRO!

  • Rob Poppas

    forbes magazine quit brown nosing

  • WHERES WAYNE

    I SEE JAY,50,DIDDY,DRE BUT NO WAYNE HEY BABY I THOUGHT YOU SAID WAYNE HAS MORE MONEY THAN JAY WHAT A JOKE HE ALSO SAYS THAT CASH MONEY WILL BE FIRST WITH A NINTH ZERO LOOKS LIKE YOU WONT GET THERE YOU KNOW SINCE PEOPLE KEEP SUING YOUR DUMB ASS FOR SKIPPING OUT ON SHOWS AND NOT PAYING PRODUCERS AND OTHER ARTIST WHAT YOU OWE THEM THAT SOUNDS LIKE BACKWARDS HUSTLING TO ME ALSO ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE ON THIS LIST HAVE DONE OTHER SUCCESSFUL MARKETING VENTURES THAN RAP EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE DRAKE AND NIKKI THAT'S NOT GOING TO NET YOU A BILL YOU NEED OTHER AREAS TO EXPAND LIKE CLOTHING LINES(JAY AND DIDDY) AND VITAMIN WATER(50 CENT) AND ETC LOOK IM NOT A FAN OF ANYONE ON THIS LIST THERE ALL WACK TO ME (DRE OKAY) I JUST THINK ITS FUNNY THAT BIRD BRAIN IS DIGGING HIMSELF A BIGGER HOLE SO WAYNE FANS TELL ME HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BE COMPANY WORTH BILLIONS IS WAYNE,DRAKE AND NIKKI GOING TO SELL 10 MILL A ALBUM ARE SOME OF THE OTHER NOBODY'S GOING TO START SELLING WILL THEY MAKE A NEW BUSINESS VENTURE IM 100% SURE ABOUT ONE THING THEY WONT BE THE 1ST 2ND OR 3RD HIP HOP COMPANY TO A BILL HEY THERE'S ALWAYS 4TH PLACE

  • Anonymous

    Good for him . I don't agree with a lot of his moves throughout the years, but hey he bankin'. As for Birdman, ahh I hope he doesn't, call me a hater IDGAF. Fuck Birdman.

  • Anonymous

    Illuminati Whore!!!

  • jrake

    Diddy doesn't make money from music and hasn't for years. He simply uses it to keep his name relevant in hip hop. Diddy makes his money on the lifestyle of hip hop. Because he like Jay-Z realizes the money aint in the musice but selling you the lifestyle. Thats why they both made what baby and wayne made put together. while wayne have to do a million shows and features and works his ass off to make 15 million.

    • Anonymous

      NO SHIT. wayne is a rapper not an entrepreneur. why are you comparing musicians to business men? and baby is business man too btw

  • Vanno Davis

    i thought dre was the highest paid hip hop dude then it was jay and diddy tied but who really knows anyway

  • Im Just Saying NIggas

    I was just thinking that Anonymous Dr. Dre has made $50,000,000 from Interscope after they bought half the label,and more money off Interscope,made money off his Chronic & Chronic 2001,50 Cent,Eminem,G-Unit,Shady records,Beats by Dre,and more so that rounds out to oh i dont know $1,000,000,000 LOL DUH NIGGAS

    • Anonymous

      except he spent half of that money paying other niggas to write and produce songs for his album hes been working on for the last 12 years thats never gonna drop not to mention all those steroids

  • Anonymous

    Dre is ahead of these dudes.

  • erybodysuxballz

    Still got that punchable face tho.

  • Anonymous

    THIS NIGGA AIN'T WORTH 1 PENNY

  • 123kid

    man Birdman got so much $ he cnt even count it all..props to Diddy tho he's a shitty label manager but a great business man. He stays hustling and making moves#BadBoys4life

  • That right

    No question its either going to be Diddy or Jay Z, and here we go again, Birdman,poping junk again, nigga we know young money is about a million dollars away from being broke, with everybody and their mother sueing young money, nigga i am going to be a billionaire before that company do.

    • That right:

      @AAA you the moron, son do you know a million dollars these day aint no money Fool you be broke in less than a month stupid, really how far you think you can go with a million dollars other than try to invest and watch it grow, man the world today only thing you can get with a million dollars is 2 new cheap car. nigga where you live at, in a hole where everything is free

    • AAA

      A million dollars from being joke. Are you a moron, a million dollars is a shit ton of money. Even though that statement is untrue, it makes you look like a dumbass for another reason.

    • Anonymous

      Yo Big Dan, isnt that the true, you are right one need to expand on there money

    • Big Dan

      Its not even just that. don't matter how successful the label gets, you not gonna be worth a billion dollars selling records.

  • Anonymous

    "You can hate me now"

  • Anonymous

    Lol Young Money won't be anywhere close to a billion with all those unpaid royalties/fees to producers!!

  • Its Um

    Master P came close with the label + independance films + clothing line.

  • Twitt

    LMAO @Baby from Cash Money!!! Why did they even include his ignorant statement??? Cash Money will not be relevant in 10 years, as they have yet to prove that they can successfully dabble in other business arenas.

    • ScrappyRap

      They may be 3 of the top grossing hiphop artist but in perspective, Em almost have them outsold with 1 album. This ain't '99 where they each sold 5 million record each or something. And you don't see Em name brought up in any of this. Cause it's not about the record sells that will get you to a billion. It's everything else....clothes, liquor, cologne, and so on.

    • Anonymous

      ^ cosign you dont have to support their music but to dont come here talking out of your ass making yourself sound stupid

    • Anonymous

      do you know how much money they are clockin from wayne, drake, minaj??? they have three of the top 6 grossing acts in hip-hop right now.. you dont have to like the music.. dont hate, congratulate....

  • Anonymous

    take that take that! pause....waiting for the jay-z stans

  • Anonymous

    birdman is so full of shit, constantly lying and exaggerating his wealth

    • Anonymous

      obviously not if diddy co-signed that ymcm will prob be the first to clock a billi.. i think ill take diddys word over some random internet hater...

  • jnr

    Diddy is laughing to a billion and yet people gon start hating. 1,2,3..... Let the hate begin...

  • Vegard Møller

    HOVA >>>

  • Hatershater

    Yea RIGhT how slow r u people too think this dude owns the whole bad boy company he probably owns like 30% max this dude is a regular worker hes like obama just a front man make yall think its a black owned company why u think he has to be the main artist on the label.. because thats what he is a artist

    • Anonymous

      who fucking cares about bad boy, they aint making no money or selling no records apart from old biggie albums how many copies do you think machine gun kelly is really gonna sell?

    • Big Dan

      No really, is that all you can come up with? Like when the man said don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks, don't worry if he owns the label or not, he always ends up with a 100%. When the label first started, Arista owned a chunk, then thinks stopped popping, and he must have gotten full control because he was later on able to sell a chunk to Warner. Now he just did a deal with Interscope for distribution. I don't think he would have gone looking to Interscope for distribution if Warner still owned a piece. Bad Boy finds ways to survive. Also hata, like I just posted about Birdman and that he will never be worth a billion from selling records, Bad Boy probably makes less than 5 million a year now. The only release so far this year is from Diddy himself who might have barely gone gold. I know Cassie has a new single and Red Cafe also has a single, so they may drop this year, but while BB is the face of Diddy's empire, its not where the cash is coming from.

    • Anonymous

      The white folk record label owners are already multi-billionaires! HAHAHAHA!!!!

    • Hmmm...

      Is that the best hate you can come up with? He owns like 30%, really??? SMH... Fools like you is why someone said 1,2,3 let the hate begin... We all know Diddy owns badboy and even if he does't own all of it at least he owns like 70-80% of it. We all know the story of how he started it.

  • John Book

    Interesting, and congrats to him. Oddly enough, even Did himself will admit that his empire in the last 10 years has been away from music and more from "everything else". Then again, he could've been another hip-hop casualty, merely remembered for that gruff guy who danced in a Father MC video. Regardless of the quality of his music, he worked himself to get to where he is today, and that has to be admired.

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