Jay-Z Lands At No. 7 On Forbes “Celebrity 100,” Kanye and 50 Don’t Make Top 25

And the winner is…Hov.

Jay-Z landed at number seven on the Forbes ”Celebrity 100,” the magazine announced yesterday.

The rapper raked in $82 million last year in a number of deals, including inking a deal with Live Nation to release his future albums and to partner with the Brooklyn lyricist for touring.

Will Smith was the only other rapper to crack the top 25. The former Fresh Prince pulled in $80 million last year. Jay’s new wife, Beyonce, along with Justin Timberlake, faired well, too, landing at numbers four and 12, respectively.

The list was compiled by a combination of income earnings, Web mentions, press mentions, and TV mentions. Oprah Winfrey landed at number one on the list.

Kanye West and 50 Cent, who engaged in a SoundScan showdown last year ranked just out of reach of the top 25 behind baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez and comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Fif came in at number 26, while West was number 27. Last year the Queens rapper landed at number 32. ‘Ye failed to make the list in 2007.

The G-Unit CEO pulled in a healthy amount of dollars through all his various ventures, with $150 million. West brought home $30 million, but along with Hov, the Chicago rapper landed in the top 10 list for Web mentions to secure his ranking.

Diddy landed at number 33 with $35 million, Jennifer Lopez came in at 54 with $7 million, and Alicia Keys placed at 65 with $7 million, to round out the urban acts.—Jayson Rodriguez

  • me

    lol 1st

  • http://www.myspace.com/lirixiznice LIRIX

    How does that make sense that 50 Cent made $159,000,000.00 and Jay Z made $82,000,000.00 and he finished ahead of 50 Cent.

    You might want to check the numbers because that makes absolutely no sense. How does the No.7 make less money than the No. 26 and get ranked higher.

    Will Smith made $80,000,000.00 = WOW !!!

    • Tёma

      “The list was compiled by income earnings, Web mentions, press mentions, and TV mentions.”

      Its not calculated only by money LIRIX..

  • http://50cent cheddamelt

    Whats wrong with forbes, they don’t want to put 50cent on top. he made a lot of money than jay-z yet his @ number 26, but fuck it he got a $100 million dollar deal with ( south african) billionaire Patrice Motsepe.

  • http://XXL Spence

    Its simple. just like when you work and you get paid, you make a certain amount (gross) and what you bring home is something different after taxes and in Fifty case paying others. Jay’s number is what he brought home haters. Do the math.

  • obr

    Jay Z is up there due to web mentions via Beyonce. Making 50mill more than someone else is more significant than being mentioned on the web. I’d take the $$$, J could keep the top ten.

  • Smitty313

    Did you dummies read the article. It tells you why Jay-Z is ranked higher than 50. It wasn’t based just on income.

  • http://xxlmag jayjay

    first the thing is based on web hits tv appreances money and other things. Money is just one of the catagories that is used to make up the list.

  • HOLLWOOD_P

    j-lO lOST

  • nilz21

    haha makes me laugh all the jayz haterz trying to make up reasons why jay aint really getting money . lol

    you stay hating and jay z will just on making more money .

    dipset where u at ? howz your money looking haha .

  • nilz21

    haha makes me laugh all the jayz haterz trying to make up reasons why jay aint really getting money . lol

    ‘ men lie , women lie the numbers dont ‘

    Forbes nagazine is offical in all industries on how much money a person/company is making . Its a fact .

    you stay hating and jay z will just on making more money .

    dipset where u at ? howz your money looking haha .

  • oneshotdeal

    I THINK IT WAS A MISTAKE IT SHOULD READ 50 MILLION YOU FUCKING DUMMIES……THIS GOES TO SHOW YOU WHO WAS REALLY RUNNING THE ROC
    ……..WHERE IS DAME ON THE LIST?EXACTLY

  • KLETEWOOD

    Eminem, didn’t make shit last year! Time to RE-Up again.

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    IT WAS A MISTAKE, I JUST SAW THE INTERVIEW WITH FORBES & 50. 50 WAS #3 & JAY & B WERE 80 & 82

  • G Code

    How did Jay make the Top 10? Prolly selling bananas to his family @ da zoo lmao Jay is a JOKE Dipset Ay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Jay making that paper, props to him.

  • Pinto AKA DJ Supafly

    This defininetly pushes 50 up a notch in my book. The greatest rapper has to be the most paid. Money> respect in my opinion.

  • Pinto AKA DJ Supafly

    Also money is bigger than fame! Man, money > than a lot of things!

  • Pinto AKA DJ Supafly

    I’d rather rap like Soulja Boy and be the richest than be all lyrical (e. g. Nas) and not even make the list. And this is coming from a person who doesn’t listen to Soulja Boy at all. If you bought me a Soulja Boy cd I’d throw it away. I listen to Jay- Z and Fabolous and all that.

    • $ykotic

      Man I would rather boink that Harry Potter broad(Rowling)!!! 300? Rappers work too hard!

      Look at “Willie” Smith: The paid rapper who don’t rap.

      Like Jay said, “I’m everywhere/you ain’t never there”…

      But is it me or the moneymakers in Rap come from the east?
      Does this still mean that NY fell off? They say numbers don’t lie but I could be wrong…..

  • http://kingtime.ru/ KingTime

    Очень интересно!!! Только не очень могу понять как часто обновляется ваш блог?

  • http://ukrproekt.com.ua/ Александр

    Отлично написано! Буду много думать…