Jay-Z Makes Forbes’ Top-Earning Musicians List

Jay-Z hauled in a truckload of cash this year. The hip-hop mogul was recently crowned the highest paid rap star on Forbes magazine’s Top Earning Musicians of 2010 list.

Jay reportedly pocketed $63 million over the last 12 months thanks to profits gained by his 40/40 nightclub chain, his investment in Broadway play Fela and the New Jersey Nets, as well as his last album Blueprint 3 and his successful BP3 tour, which brought in close to $1 million per show.

Hov’s $63 million tally got the Brooklyn MC the No. 6 spot behind front runners U2 ($130 million), AC/DC ($114 million), Bruce Springsteen ($70 million), Britney Spears ($64 million) and his pop star wife Beyonce. The singer landed at the No. 3 position after receiving $87 million in an assortment of endorsements with Nintendo and L’Oreal, as well as a 93-date world tour.

Also making it onto the list is the Black Eyed Peas. Will.i.am. and company came in at No. 10 with $48 million, due in part to their extensive touring and business agreements with Target, Honda, Bacardi and Apple. —Elan Mancini

  • chiskey whiskey

    let the hating begin!!

    • TheX

      shut up

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  • gaddic

    HATERS COMMENCE…..

    fuck jay-z

    money ain’t mean shit nugga is over-rated

    copy and paste these lines haters

  • RWord

    and where is 50cent. No where!!! LOL…

    BOSS!!!

    Teflon Don out now. number 1 album sold on itunes!!!

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    women lie men lie NUMBERs don’t

    lol

    i mean, where all them other niccas at on this list?

    i mean, to have the ties to the street, the lyricall force, the buisness savvy, the wife who makes as much as you who is fine, a loving family, and peace of mind…how can you hate?

    nicca couldn’t do nothing with me so they put the devil on me/…..rather than put the metal on me.

    yeah let the hating begin.

  • Sha

    @ff1one@yahoo.com

    I was just going to write that quote! You beat me to it, but great minds think alike.

    Yep. Where are the haters? Numbers definitely don’t lie.

    Has anybody seen 50 Cent?

  • Sha

    @ff1one@yahoo.com

    I was just going to write that quote! You beat me to it, but great minds think alike.

    Yep. Where are the haters? Numbers definitely don’t lie.

    Has anybody seen 50 Cent??

  • alderman j

    NUMBERS DO LIE, IF YOU LOOK AT NUMBERS THEY DONT TELL YOU WHO THE BEST IS, SO I DONT BUY THAT SHIT, THE PERSON THAT AVERAGES THE BEST STATS ISNT THE BEST BALL PLAYER, CASE AND POINT IS JOE JOHNSON AS GOOD AS SCOTTIE PIPPEN, LOOK AT THE STATS, IF NUMBERS DONT LIE YOU WOULD HAVE TO SAY JOE JOHNSON, WHO IS BETTER MC HAMMER OR KRS ONE, BECAUSE MC HAMMER HAS MORE MONEY AND SOLD MORE RECORDS THAN KRS ONE, SO AGAIN YOU NIGGAS THINK NUMBERS DONT LIE. OH YEAH STEVE KERR HAS 5 RINGS STEVE NASH HAS 0, WHOS IS BETTER??? COME ON WITH THAT NONSENSE!!!!

    • The Decatur Dictator

      Boi U Crazy!

  • http://wtf S on my Chest

    @ff1one@yahoo.com & Sha

    Jay has a vast portfolio. He’s been in the game for a long time. Significantly longer than 50 cent, therefore he should make more. What you gotta remember is that Mr Knowles has become an International superstar since getting on his wifes records. He blew up in Europe after that point. He was known before. But if you don’t like hip hop you weren’t listening to Jay. That’s changed now. Now my understanding is that if it came down to money made off rap, he ain’t making that much money. And his expenditures for the $1M per gig tour were high.

    Numbers do lie……..unless you have all the facts they shape opinions inaccurately.

    Thanks for turning up to class today……

    :)

    • sway-z

      The fact that he’s been in the game significantly longer than 50 is more reason for praise, if anything. This is rap, this shit ain’t pop music, for a nigga in his 40′s to still be relevant, to still be making music better than 90% of his peers & to still be raking in more money, what more is there to do?

  • http://wtf S on my Chest

    And what your numbers should tell you is that Em is better than Jay.

    Men lie women lie numbers don’t. BOOM

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    1st, salutes to Sha. real recognize real.

    numbers can be manipulated. thas a fact BUT for somebody to have been doing it for so long, nah brah…those numbers don’t lie. 11 number one albums. eleven. i mean when he first went to def jam, the little success, u could say was a lie. 40/40 could’ve been a fluke. investing in the nets could’ve been a trend. Dame said he was a rapper and not a buisness man. he showed dame. at some point u guys gotta just give him respect based on his performance alone even if you dislike him. sorta like KOBE BRYANT when he put up 81 points. even if u hated the man u had to give him his props. similarily after shaq left when he got two and counting rings.

    Scottie pippen.

    its several mcs such as 50 cent for an example who held it down for a few years. who had the buzz. successful buisnesses BUT jayz has been doing this way longer. since 1996 dude has been on top atleast in the top 5.

    the joe johnson theory doesn’t work here.

    compare jayz to jordan. why? like jordan he is tops in all statisical categories. he has flows charsima lyrics sets trends big buisness word play punchlines battles and etc. u can’t say that about every rapper. Also, like jordan. he retired after 8 maybe 9 summers of murkin the game. He came back a lil rusty and now dude is back at the top at 40. i was at the bp3 concert in atlanta. dude had a hov lane. dude had grown men passing out. dude had young kids standing on chairs. dude had the arena packed. may i add, dude went thru hit after hit after hit after hit. dude has hits.

    therefore, those numbers are true. maybe after vol 3 if he didn’t hit us with the dynasty then blueprint 1 we could argue that jayz was manipulating the system.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “Men lie women lie numbers don’t”

    ^ numbers can be tampered with. See Enron, AIG, etc…

    Congrats to Jay getting paper.

  • alderman j

    YOU CAN FOOL THE WHOLE WORLD…….LONG AS NEW YORK KNOW!!!!!!!

  • El Tico Loco

    Not to take credit or nothing but least 10 bucks came from us.

  • Stoned Cold

    You know why Professor Griff would say this is.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    @ Tico, Stoned Cold

    lolz

  • Shhade45

    SHADY IS THE BEST. HAS THE NUMBERS…AND THE FLOW, AND LYRICS TOO.

    HATE ON THAT

  • New York

    …just to be real with it. If we compared hip hop to baseball Jay-Z would be on steroids. So yea…all that cash for a fake ass nigga

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  • truthadeen

    ALL YALL HATING ASS NIGGAS EVEN IF U DNT FUCK WITH THE MUSIC ACKNOLEDGE HIS INFLUENCE ON UR LIFE AS A HIPHOP FAN I WOULDNT GIVE AFUCK IF U WAS UNDER UNDER UNDER GROUND FAN U KNOW A JIGGA VERSE 4 GOODNESS SAKE HE CHANGE THE GAME PERIOD NOT BIG PAC OR ANY OTHER MOTHERFUCKER!!!!THIS NIGGA MITE B THE BEST HUSTLER OF ALL TIME STREET TO HIP HOP N BEYOND.CONGRADGULATE N ALL U LAMES CLAIMING HE FAKE DNT KNO HIM N REALLY WHO GIVES A FUCK HE SEEN MORE MONEY N THE LAST 5 MIN THEN U WILL C N UR LIFETIME.NIGAS HATE SUCCESS THAT WHY THEY HAVE A HARD TIME OBTAINING IT!!!!!

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Chiliz

    I respect any1 who makes sumttin’ outta nuttin’.

  • execprolific

    It’s like he just won the lottery, AGAIN!

  • JC

    “Your reign on the top was shorter than Leprechauns, ya’ll can’t fuck wit Hov what type of X you on?” -Jigga

    LOL

  • Yatti

    Hmm.. I guess Birdman is real quiet after hearing this since he said Lil Wayne got more money than Shawn. I’m not a fan of Shawn and definitely not Wayne. But just to see how dumb of a remark someone can say Wayne got more money than Shawn is funny because everyone knows no one in rap has more money than Shawn.

  • http://www.dopemuzic.com B Eazy

    Beyonce makes a lot of fuckin money! They shit together is crazy… I hope that when they slow down some from the fast life that they really start thinking about doing some good wit all that money. Those hundreds of millions could go a long way in the hood, Haiti, Africa, wherever.

  • Darin

    Yall niggas stop hatting. Jay is th emos successfull rap artist. he got mor clasics songs than anyone. who else has been in the game for almost 2 decades and can still compete and still be relivant in the game abd can pete verse for verss song for song and record sails. whwn your favorite rapper can still put out hot shit 10 20 years from no talk to me. You gotta relize jay has a lolal fan base cause poel know they gonna get quality music.

  • Worldizmine

    You look super stupid hating on hov! Just can not do it! He brings the whole game growth all by himself.

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    • http://yahoo.com kola

      jay is sitting on paper he’s above d law,quit d hating dats a female trait jst respect d game dat shid b it..u’ll gotta luv him!!

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