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Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists: Who's Your Favorite?

Music 2012/04/23 13:00:00
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Forbes released a list of the five wealthiest hip-hop moguls on the planet on Tuesday, dubbing them the Forbes Five. We're not sure why they need the Forbes Five, Hip-Hop's Wealthiest, and Cash Kings lists, but at least they're keeping this one short and simple. These five hip-hop heavyweights were measured by their net worth, as opposed to their annual earnings, which Forbes has used for its other hip-hop lists.

The top three are no suprise: Sean "Diddy" Combs ($550 million), Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter ($460 million), and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young ($270 million). All three are enormously popular, not just as musicians, but as diverse entrepreneurs. Diddy acts, Jay-Z makes vodka, Dre has those headphones, etc. The fourth name might not be as familiar. Bryan "Birdman" Williams ($125 million) isn't as well-known as his Cash Money co-founder, Lil Wayne, but he's reaping most of the benefits. Finally, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson ($110 million) rounds out the list with his fistful of movies and G-Unit Records.


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  • QuietChallenge 2012/04/23 17:24:02 (edited)
    Birdman
    QuietChallenge
    +11
    I'm abominably "iggnerrnt" in this field. I just picked anyone so I could get across this point:

    I'd pick the one who GIVES THE MOST BACK TO inner city charities that run
    - literacy programs,
    - anti-drug education,
    - morality lessons
    - programs that teach responsibility for self
    - sex education classes
    - personal financial management
    - after-school sports, music or art programs
    - campaigns to teach empathy for others.

    I've volunteered and written papers on poor, inner city whites, blacks, and Hispanics, so there's no "racial" component to my observations.

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  • dog 2012/05/08 21:31:21
    50 Cent
    dog
    Diddy P does not rap, But i think Dre's dope to
  • Jeri 2012/05/01 19:46:42
    50 Cent
    Jeri
    Unfortunatly can only comment by choosing one of these foul mouthed black racists. What a list of lousy role models for young black men it would be interesting to see exactly what they are doing to help poor blacks.
  • Dave 007 2012/04/29 12:21:27
    50 Cent
    Dave 007
    Where is the choice "None of these clowns"?
  • Kimberley 2012/04/26 15:58:49
    50 Cent
    Kimberley
    50 Cent. Because he is a serious thug......with a heart (and talent).
  • Tre 2012/04/26 11:54:07
    Dr. Dre
    Tre
    The Dr!!!
  • Tennessee3501 2012/04/25 22:04:35
    Jay-Z
    Tennessee3501
    Kanye West is still trying to convince him to marry Beyonce instead of Taylor Swift!
  • Raiders757 2012/04/25 12:59:02
    Birdman
    Raiders757
    +1
    I just picked one just so I could ask where is the non of the above option. Everyone on this list completely sucks. Mainstream Pop Hip-Hop is a pathetic joke.
  • ivegotl... Raiders757 2012/04/25 17:44:04
    ivegotloveinmypants
    +1
    ABSOLUTELY!
  • Tom McNally 2012/04/25 11:03:12
    Jay-Z
    Tom McNally
    Why is birdman there? smh...
  • P. Sturm 2012/04/25 10:08:30
    Dr. Dre
    P. Sturm
    I'd say Dr. Dre give the most back from what I've heard.
  • marcus armijo 2012/04/25 08:55:32
    Dr. Dre
    marcus armijo
    Dre all day
  • from100 2012/04/25 04:03:47
    50 Cent
    from100
    And eminem :-)
  • Cra*Christopher*fty 2012/04/25 03:07:09
    50 Cent
    Cra*Christopher*fty






    These guys are so far from where they once were, it's like they're entirely different people. A change of environment does a lot.
  • dimwit 2012/04/25 03:06:22
    Birdman
    dimwit
    +2
    I actually prefer Dr. Seuss whose penchant for creating rhymes is unsurpassed.
  • Gary Parsons 2012/04/25 02:25:50
    Dr. Dre
    Gary Parsons
    Old school .........ya know it .....
  • dusty 2012/04/25 01:57:25
    Dr. Dre
    dusty
    eminem but Dr. dre is second
  • amber 2012/04/25 00:28:27
    Diddy
    amber
    Ain't no party like a P. DIDDY PARTYYYYYYY
  • Titi 2012/04/24 23:14:18
    50 Cent
    Titi
    +2
    I used to listen to him when I was younger, but Eminem is my ultimate favorite!
  • lozo 2012/04/24 23:12:34
    Diddy
    lozo
    Hands down
  • Vision of Verve 2012/04/24 21:15:23
  • hrailey 2012/04/24 20:43:29
    50 Cent
    hrailey
    +1
    I got nothing bad to say about anybody else, but I like the way he is always thinking about doing something for others.
  • Caedus01 Sith Lord of the P... 2012/04/24 16:51:07
    Dr. Dre
    Caedus01 Sith Lord of the PHAET
    He's rich but very laid back. I can respect that. And his beats are LEGENDARY.
  • susan BN-0 2012/04/24 16:37:25
    Dr. Dre
    susan BN-0
    I like him.
  • Tominator 2012/04/24 16:32:38
    Dr. Dre
    Tominator
    Rollin down tha street............ sippin on Gin & Juice! LAID back with my mind on my money and my money on my mind!
  • Aksana 2012/04/24 16:17:32
    50 Cent
    Aksana
    +1
    50 Cent
  • turtledove123 2012/04/24 15:58:41
    Dr. Dre
    turtledove123
    Dr. Dre
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/04/24 15:57:29
    Birdman
    Margaret Jacobson
    agree with "QUIET CHALLENGE" COMPLETELY
  • PrettyGurl18 2012/04/24 15:54:10
    Dr. Dre
    PrettyGurl18
    cold killa east coast west coast chilla
  • LUFXIII 2012/04/24 15:32:11
    Diddy
    LUFXIII
    im min dr dre..
  • PICK 2012/04/24 15:10:36
    Birdman
    PICK
    I don't like any of them and I resent the author of the question calling any of them musicians. None of them can play an instrument and none of them sing.
  • Margare... PICK 2012/04/24 15:55:28
    Margaret Jacobson
    you are very right
  • from100 Margare... 2012/04/25 04:12:46
    from100
    Lol everyone hates em
  • from100 from100 2012/04/25 04:14:03
    from100
    Best raper is eminem no doubts. He's da best.
  • ivegotl... from100 2012/04/25 17:46:59
    ivegotloveinmypants
    Well duh? Diddy don't even write his own rhymes. Anyway, i call Eminem a rapper, not really sure about his raping abilities....
  • ivegotl... PICK 2012/04/25 17:45:55
    ivegotloveinmypants
    Even as a hip hop fan, i have to agree with you.
  • Oli 2012/04/24 15:10:12
    Jay-Z
    Oli
    hate 'em all.
  • mmmhollywould 2012/04/24 14:50:56
    50 Cent
    mmmhollywould
    +1
    No Ice T?
  • hudistunt 2012/04/24 14:49:20
    Diddy
    hudistunt
    they all SUCK, but at least "Diddy" or whatever his nickname is now knows how to DRESS...(hint-hint)
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2012/04/24 14:48:56
    Diddy
    jmc07806-PWCM-JLA
    +1
    How come there is no "non of the above" as a choice.
  • Osk 2012/04/24 14:34:01
    Diddy
    Osk
    +1
    None of the Above

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