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Jay-Z, 50 Cent Top Forbes List of Hip-Hop Cash Kings

jay5.jpgForbes magazine has released its first ever Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, which breaks down the top 20 earners in the business. Not surprisingly, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Sean “Diddy” Combs hold the top three slots. The list was compiled based on each artist’s income for 2006 and takes into account revenue from record sales, product endorsements and income from smaller artists signed to their various record labels. On Sunday (August 18) at 6:00 p.m. ET, Forbes and the E! Entertainment network will air a one hour special on the list. The program will feature interviews with T.I., Lil Jon, Scott Storch, Big Boi of Outkast and Swizz Beatz.

The Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings List:

1. Jay-Z
2. 50 Cent
3. Diddy
4. Timbaland
5. Dr. Dre
6. Eminem
7. Snoop Dogg
8. Kanye West
9. Pharrell Williams
10. Scott Storch
11. Ludacris
12. T.I.
13. OutKast
14. Lil Jon
15. Ice Cube
16. Jermaine Dupri
17. Swizz Beatz
18. Chamillionaire
19. The Game
20. Yung Joc

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