Monday, March 14, 2011 | 6:37am
FORBES: Its Diddy (Not Jay-Z) That Tops Richest Rapper List
Watch out World! The Beats By Dr. Dre revolution has the D.O.C. in at the #3 slot AND CLIMBING!
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So it’s become a forgone conclusion that Jay-Z has assumed the top spot as wealthiest rappers over the past handful of years. So it was somewhat surprising to learn that it is in fact Sean “Diddy” Combs who Forbes Magazine anointed top earnings in hip-hop raking in an estimated $475 million. I doubt however that anyone will shed a tear for Jigga who brings in a not-so-shabby $450+ million.
Lets not forget Diddy’s not only got the music but the highly successful worldwide Sean Jean brand and his interests in Ciroc vodka which I’ll reluctantly proclaim tastes excellent. Then he recently added the Enyce and Zac Posen lines to his portfolio which jumped the tally up another $20 million.
Climbing the charts not-so-unexpectedly is Dr. Dre who proclaimed very early on would do so behind the sales of his Beat By Dr. Dre branded audio equipment a very big cherry considering he’s responsible for the careers of proteges Eminem and 50 Cent including to the tune of $125 million.
Rounding out the top five is 50 Cent and Cash Money Records co-founder, Bryan “Birdman” Williams who both are worth an estimated $100 million.