Top 10 Hip-Hop Cash Kings in 2016 (Forbes)



Forbes Reports: It’s lonely at the top, goes the old saying–and Diddy has given the proverb a modern slant. “The only one that’s topping Forbes, I’m gettin’ lonely,” he rapped on his 2014 track “Big Homie.”


The same holds true today: Diddy pulled in $62 million over the past year, earning the top spot on our Hip-Hop Cash Kings list for the second consecutive year; take out Dr. Dre’s Beats paydays, and Diddy would be celebrating his fifth cash crown in a row. Though he doesn’t earn much from music these days, he makes up for it with his outrageously lucrative Ciroc vodka deal and other non-musical ventures. Diddy can’t shake the stage entirely: his Bad Boy Reunion Tour runs through the fall.


Jay Z ranks second with earnings of $53.5 million. He didn’t play many shows or release a new album during the past 12 months, but continued to cash in on his Roc Nation entertainment company, Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac and other ventures. Dre rounds out the top three with a $41 million haul. It’s been two years since he scored the highest single-year payday in history for any living celebrity–$620 million, mostly from Apple’s AAPL +0.65% $3 billion Beats buyout–but he continues to pocket cash from the deal, from new album “Compton” and from biopic Straight Outta Compton.


See the list below:

1. Diddy – $62 million
2. Jay Z – $53.5 million
3. Dr. Dre – $41 million
4. Drake – $38.5 million
5. Wiz Khalifa – $24 million
6. Nicki Minaj – $20.5 million
7. Pitbull – $20 million
8. Pharrell Williams – $19.5 million
9. Kendrick Lamar – $18.5 million
10. Birdman – $18 million