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Jay-Z Tops list of "Hip-Hop Cash Kings", Followed by Diddy and Akon

August 19, 2010 11:04 AM | Akon | Diddy | Jay Z | Comments (0)

Years ago when hip-hop hit the music scene, who would have thought a rapper could be making the type of money Jay-Z makes.  Jay-Z and Diddy top the list of the "Hip-Hop Cash Kings" list which estimates the earnings of the biggest hip-hop starts over the past year.

Jay-Z took the number one spot raking in $63 million over the last year with Diddy placing second with $30 million.  Akon hit the third spot with $21 million.

The top 20 artists accumulated about $300 million in earning, with an average of $15 million per artist.

Jay-Z took earnings included the release of his "The Blueprint 3" album, world tour and non-musical endeavors such as his 40.40 nightclub chain and stake in the NBA's New Jersey Nets.

Diddy made his money from Diageo vodka Ciroc, Diddybeats ear bud headphones and TV/film roles despite not releasing a new album or touring last year.

Akon’s Kon Live imprint label (which houses Lady Gaga and other artists) and his clothing line (Konvict Clothing) made him some serious money.

Kanye West dropped from $25 million last year to a respectable $12 million because he took a break from touring.  50 cent, topped the 2008 list with $150 million thanks to his amazing vitamin water deal took in $8 million due to his film project that will probably pay off later.

Although Jay-Z topped the list at $63 million, his wife Beyoncé earned $87 million.  That is some serious income for a couple.

Top 10 Hip-Hop Money Makers in 2010

1.Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter - $63 Million
2.Sean "Diddy" Combs - $30 million
3.Aliuane "Akon" Thiam - $21 million
4.Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter - $20 million
5.Andre "Dr. Dre" Young - $17 million
6.Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges - $16 million
7.Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus - $15 million
8.Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley - $14 million
9.Pharrell Williams - $13 million
10.Kanye West - $12 million

See entire list


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