Forbes has released its list of five richest Hip Hop artists based on Net Worth. The methodology is below but you can head here for more details. Birdman getting that Baby Money.

1. Diddy ($475 million)

2. Jay-Z ($450 million)

3. Dr. Dre ($125 million)

4. 50 Cent ($100 million)

5. Birdman ($100 million)


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.

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21 Responses to “Forbes’ 5 Wealthiest Hip Hop Artists List”

  1. hater 10. Mar, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    wheres my boy Em?

  2. alfagta 10. Mar, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Baby is the smartest businessman. Look, diddy, jay, dre and 50 sell tons of records. Thats the reason why theyre rich. But on the other side you’ve got Baby aka The No 1 Stunna. He sells shit and still has got $100M.

  3. Vante 10. Mar, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Alfagta your way off them niggas aint rich cuz of there records.. There rich cuz they own there own clothing companys, there own liquor brands jay z owns a couple clubs and 50 has a share in vitamin water

  4. BigCmusic 10. Mar, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Baby aint as good of a buisness man as he thaught. Shyt I didnt know Diddy was still the richest in the game right now. And Em aint on here cause he not maken that type of paper just yet, he’s getting shyt in motion with signing slaughterhouse, n YelaWolf. So Em will b shown up soon.

  5. fdhjk 10. Mar, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Last year Dre was having 300 milions, birdman 400 millions.
    I never understood these.

  6. jwiii 11. Mar, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    When you look at the list and then see how long each of them been in the game. 50’s hustle is crazy. I also heard LL Cool J is crazy rich, recently big investments. Not sure how factual that is though.

    On that note, Diddy balling on that business but at what cost?

    Jay always doing his thing. Respect it!

  7. nothatninjustsayn 17. Apr, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    with the exception on Dre, the rest have an image built on wealth! so it only makes sense. the only ppl that really care are the “gold diggers” lookin for a baby as a retirement plan!

  8. brandon 17. Apr, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    i dont get it master p 663 mill he richer than all them re-do

  9. Emenike chike 16. Jun, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Didnt see my man rkelly,akon.but its all good.thank u all for being music lovers

  10. SUB 03. Jul, 2011 at 2:47 am #

    Baby is the richest so far cos he’s the best man wort $500million with what he has so i vote baby

  11. deejay hills 09. Aug, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    My list @1″jay z’ 2″diddy 3″50cent 4″birdman 5″russel 6″wizzy….

  12. Everest 15. Sep, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    Where is Eminem?

  13. Isaacwilliam 24. Nov, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Birdman is the ritchest rapper.he made it.

  14. Skyoscar 10. Jan, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    They know how too make the money, thats why they are rich

  15. Skyoscar 10. Jan, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Where’s m.jackson


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