The latest hip-hop rich list is out. Guess who’s on top?

The people at Forbes have a thing about estimating the earnings of celebrities. With their latest list of hip-hop stars, Jay-Z was ranked first, leaping past Diddy, who was number one last year.

Here’s how things look. All figures are in US dollars.

1. Jay-Z: $76.5 million in earnings over the last year.

2. Diddy: $64 million

3. Kendrick Lamar: $58 million

4. Drake: $47 million

5. J. Cole: $35.5 million

6. Dr. Dre: $35 million

6. Nas: $35 million

8. Pitbull: $32 million

9. Future: $30 million

10. Kanye West: $27.5 million

Find the entire Top 20 here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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