Who Finally Beat Jay Z? Check Out Forbes’ Top 5 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists Of 2014!

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April 17, 2014 ‐ By Kimberly Gedeon
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Forbes‘ Top 5 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists list has remained unchanged for three years — until now! Jay Z can no longer claim his throne as the second-richest rap mogul in America. And while Diddy (unsurprisingly) tops the list again, he’s about $120 million richer this time around!

Diddy can now boast to being worth a whopping $700 million — a sweet upgrade from last year’s $580 million, thanks to a majority equity stake in Revolt TV, a new channel focused on up-and-coming music aficionados.

“Right now my focus is Revolt and making it the number one, most-trusted, most credible worldwide brand for music,” he recently told Forbes in an interview. “And to get Revolt to be the quintessential definition of real time. I think that’s the future.”

Diddy is closer to becoming a billionaire than ever! At $700 million, Ciroc Obama — as he once dubbed himself — damn near can’t be surpassed.

Jay Z and Dr. Dre, however, have been neck-and-neck for years with Hov having the slight advantage. But this time, the Beats headphone tycoon penned a deal with Carlyle for a cool $500 million — “Beats’ value is soaring toward $2 billion,” Forbes adds. Dr. Dre pushed Jay Z out the way and secured second place with a net worth of $550 million; he was at $350 million just last year!

Jay Z falls down to third place with a net worth of $520 million, a step up from 2013’s $475 million. Much of Jay Z’s recent growth comes from Roc Nation, the sports management agency that the Holy Grail rapper added to his record label.

Birdman, founder of Cash Money, has seen a slight jump in his net worth — $150 million to $160 million in one year. The record label includes hip hop’s most lucrative artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne. “Diversification is on the way with Cash Money Content, a YMCMB clothing line and GT Vodka,” Forbes adds.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson saw his net worth increase by $15 million. Currently worth $140 million, the laid-back rapper owes his fortunes to his VitaminWater venture.

The Forbes‘ Top 5 list hasn’t seen new rappers on the list since 2010 — Jay Z and Diddy was No.1 and No.2 respectively, but Akon and Lil Wayne followed with Dr. Dre in fifth place.

And if you want to learn more about how Hov made it to the top of this list, check out the latest Moguldom Studios documentary.

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  • 9Boots

    All of these males claim to fame was disrespecting BW, glorifying violence, and defrauding their neighbors to get ahead.

    • Just saying!!

      Isn’t that a shame? It’s like I don’t even care if you’re rich or wealthy. The real question is how did you get there and who did you have to step on in the process? Seeing someone that can get there while uplifting our people?? Now that’s worth applauding, but also quite rare.

      • atieno

        interesting how diddy’s and jay-z’s artists never reach a quarter of their worth it’s very suspicious indeed,

      • 9Boots

        I consider it blood money. They killed a lot of souls getting to the top. There are a lot of spiritually dead people and communities because of them.

        • cwm747

          Ritgh ON! Especially in young people today this is so evident.

  • Lioness Domain

    Diddy has not always had more money than Jay Z, for the last few years he has increased his network to exceed Jay Z. If you look at the past list you can see the information.

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  • 123

    Jay was never on top. Diddy has always had a larger net worth. People misunderstand net worth. Beyonce and Jay Z combined has the largest “hollywood couple” net worth. Interestingly, they never include assets vs liquid assets, which really determines who has the most money. Hard for me to believe the numbers are actual. I believe most are definitely inflated.

    • Shug

      Agreed!!!!!

    • sasha

      IDK what Jay-Z OWNS such that he has all this money, though. In a way his “wealthy” status seems more questionable than all the others in this group.

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