Video: Rappers Have More Money Than You, Here’s How Much

Forbes staff writer and author of Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Zack O’Malley Greenburg, breaks down this year’s Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, which Dr. Dre topped with earnings of $110 million.

1. Dr. Dre @ $110 million
2. Diddy @ $45 million
3. Jay-Z @ $38 million
4. Kanye West @ $35 million
5. Lil Wayne @ $27 million
6. Drake @ $20.5 million
7. Bryan “Birdman” Williams @ $20 million
8. Nicki Minaj @ $15.5 million
9. Eminem @ $15 million
10. Ludacris @ $12 million
11. Pitbull @ $9.5 million
12. Rick Ross & Wiz Khalifa @ $9 million (tied)
13. Wiz Khalifa @ $9 million (tied)
14. Snoop Lion @ $8.5 million
15. 50 Cent @ $7.5 million
16. Swizz Beatz ($7 million, tie)
17. Pharrell Williams ($7 million, tie)
18. Young Jeezy ($7 million, tie)
19. Mac Miller @ $6.5 million
20. Akon, Timbaland & Tech N9ne @ $6 million (tied)

I just want to know how this guy didn’t make the list, he be spending trillions.

Previously: Rick Ross ft. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z – 3 Kings (Video)

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13 Responses to “Video: Rappers Have More Money Than You, Here’s How Much”

  1. S.I.C.K Says:

    Pitbull @ $9.5 million
    this nigga is what america is all about

    Ludacris @ $12 million
    from where?doing what?

    Tech N9ne @ $6 million

  2. Chief Ali Says:

    Niggas can’t read at all.

    You’re acting like this is some new phenomena and I’ve provided insight that suggests that things were worse during the previous era, it just went unreported nationally b/c there was no black president from Chicago running for reelection then. I’m not denying that there’s a crisis, one of my close friends was shot 7 times a few months ago and is lucky to still be alive, so I’m very aware of the state of emergency. Like FUPM pointed out though, this crisis among the youth is not something unique to Chicago. America was founded on violence, and these kids wildin’ out are reflections of that. If you needed a tv special to tell you whats going on in the hood then your opinion and entire perspective is useless.

  3. Harlem World Says:

    dre killed it with those headphones

    his product placment game >>>>>

    he had every celeb rocking them before they even hit the stores for us “regular” folk

  4. Das racist Says:

    dre killed it with those headphones


    Word, even thought they’re not that good, people still buy them.

  5. MiddleClassJoe Says:

    How the fuck did Pitbull, Tech9

    MAC MILLER, and ludacris make that much money

  6. Harlem World Says:

    tech n9ne gotta be the most successful indie rapper of all time

    a million records sold, outselling major artists

    cot damn

    *sets up black owned distribution company with tech n9ne*

  7. Das racist Says:

    Drake @ $20.5 million


    How much of this does Drake actually have tho.

    Birdman (As a Businessman) >

  8. Casket Face Says:

    refrain from commenting in my direction for the duration, sissy

    we got visual documentation of you playing step and fetch it for some kizzettes, smiling and cooning it up as they called you nigger

    you lower than a bitch.


    look, i’m a say this and never again….

    when montel williams had klans men on his show, oprah, tyra, when bryant gumble, when BET correspondents, all allowed use the N word while reporting.

    …that video attributed to $500 and change a month for over a year, that’s close to $7000 fuckboy.

    so again say what you want, that’s a hell of a come up.

    the video has also been responsible for her NOT using the work anymore and educating people by giving them FIRST HAND evidence of it being used in that context.

    as far as selling out, i’ve been called by magazine, nation geographic and a few tv station about interviews for the video….i declined because of the nature of the request.

    so miss me will all that uncle tom bullshit nigga…..

  9. MiddleClassJoe Says:

    Drake made more money than Birdman.

    How are they accounting here?

    Isnt Birdman the Boss? With various interests?

    He should be making $50mill and up as the CEO

  10. sealsaa Says:

    Drake made more money than Birdman.

    How are they accounting here?

    Isnt Birdman the Boss? With various interests?

    He should be making $50mill and up as the CEO

    Drake is half Jew…probably wrote his own contract, then convinced Birdman that it was legit.

  11. Jackson7 Says:

    hold up…

    T$1,900,000 aint on the list?

    no Zipsquad either?

  12. AFGun Says:

    how the fuk is tech on that list???

  13. kedordu Says:


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