News and financial business magazine Forbes has released its Forbes Five, a list of the top five richest hip hop artists, rather hip hop moguls, alive.
The names that made the list of hip-hop's wealthiest artists are somewhat obvious:
- Sean "Diddy" Combs
- Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
- Andre "Dr. Dre" Young
- Bryan "Birdman" Williams
- Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
The rappers and businessmen were all ranked by their net worth. So what's their net worth?
Diddy ranks No. 1 this year with an estimated net worth of $580 million with a big chunk coming from Diageo's Ciroc.
The No. 2 spot goes to Jay-Z, with a net worth of $475 million, with business ventures such as Rocawear, Live Nation, Roc Nation, Carol's Daughter, the Brooklyn Nets and more.
Dr. Dre comes in third with $350 million, thanks mostly to his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.
Next at No. 4 comes Birdman with $150 million from his Cash Money/Young Money empire which includes a top roster of artists: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and more.
Last but not least is 50 Cent at No. 5 with $125 million from heavy sales of music, merchandise, video games, books and payout for his stake in VitaminWater parent Glacéau to Coca-Cola in 2007.