Jay-Z Towers Over Competition on Forbes’ ‘Hip-Hop Cash Kings’ List


Last month, Jay-Z came in at No. 6 on Forbes’ magazine’s annual Top Earning Musicians of 2010 list. Now, not surprisingly, he tops the magazine’s Hip-Hop Cash Kings list—a rundown of rap’s top 20 earners.

Hov’s $63 million earned over the last year more than doubles the runner up, Diddy, and his $30 mil tally. Akon, no longer as dominant as he once was musically, is continuing to rake in cash in other business ventures, and came in at No. 3 with $21 million, slightly topping Lil Wayne’s $20 million. Dr. Dre landed at No. 5 ($17 million), followed by Ludacris ($16 million) and Snoop Dogg ($15 million). Others with the magic touch on the boards rounded out the top 10, as Timbaland ($14 million), Pharrell ($13 million), and Kanye West ($12 million), came in at No. 8, No. 9, and No. 10, respectively.

Drake ($10 million) made his debut on the list at No. 11. T.I. and Swizz Beatz were knotted up at the No. 12 spot, each earning $9 million. Eminem and 50 Cent were familiarly linked, this time not musically, but on the list, each holding down the No. 14 slot with $8 million earned, which they also shared with Young Jeezy. Common’s $7 mil was good for the No. 17 spot, while Soulja Boy, the youngest member of the list, earned $6 million to tie with T-Pain at No. 18. Southern representers Lil’ Jon, Gucci Mane, and Rick Ross closed out the list, each earning $5 million. —Adam Fleischer

  • smokey berra

    wow.alot of names seem outta place but good for all them.weird to see 50 wit only 8 milli tho.

    • Fart Bodangle

      NIGGA U GAYYYYYYYY

    • Anonymous

      just take note that wayne and drake were separate on the list. thats all young money. them niggas is cakin

  • http://deepccrew.com deep c

    Who cares? I could probably tell you that whole list in order without reading Forbes. The fact is, money is the most cliched and over used topic to rap about ever and it isn’t interesting anymore. It was cool when Biggie was around and him and Diddy pioneered that style but its more than a decade later at this point and Young Money dump hole sound alikes are just copying what works to get money. Who cares how much money Jay-Z has? Right now, how much money you have in the rap industry is determined by how many girls you can get to buy your record. Congratulations Jay-Z, Akon, and Lil Wayne. You have all won the hearts of teenage girls living in suburban middle class areas.

    • Bob36

      You mad.

  • Stuckfresh

    Where is Birdman on the list? Drake and Wayne made it but not him?

    • word.

      cuz birdman got that couch, mattress and doghouse money. he definitely not buyin luxury whips off of cash money earnings..

  • Anonymous

    nas ain’t making money?

    • What cuz!

      Yeah nas hurting all because of a bad relationship! I think?

      • http://www.owrehgera.com Dizzle

        No…according to the recen XXL article, Strange Music (NOT TEch, though he IS co-owner, sells the most CDs/merch and headlines tours for Strange) made 15 million last year, 12 mil this year. That’s revenue, not profit.

        Though TBH, I bet he wasn’t even considered and had to have made at LEAST a few million.

        • http://www.awresg.com Dizzle

          Meant to say 15 million last year, 12 the year before.

  • August Martian

    Keep in mind this is how much they’ve generated NOT how much they’ve cleared personally

  • Worley

    “Dr. Dre landed at No. 5 ($17 million)”

    And people wonder why Detox isn’t out. No one in their right mind would go through the hassle of an album when they generate this kind of money behind the scenes.

    • 85

      If all he cared about was money then that would make sense, but if you care about making music (which you should as a musician) then I would expect you would want to release music. The Beatles and Rolling Stones made insane loot and were very prolific while doing it.

  • Anonymous

    You do know Tech did 30 million in revenue for Strange Music?

  • Anonymous

    You do know Tech N9ne did 30 million in revenue for Strange Music.

    • What cuz!

      Are you serious?

    • http://www.asdgeh.com Dizzle

      No…according to the recent XXL article, Strange Music (NOT Tech, though he IS co-owner, sells the most CDs/merch and headlines tours for Strange) made 15 million last year, 12 mil the year before. That’s revenue, not profit.

      Though TBH, I bet he wasn’t even considered and had to have made at LEAST a few million.

  • gaddic

    STILL NOT BETTER THAN NAS!

  • Anonymous

    Jay owe 22 mil to Uncle Sam for every 63 mil that he makes, its cool to see young blacks get money though, I ain’t mad at Soulja Boy either

  • HEAD BUSSER

    YOU ACTUALLY THINK BIRDMAN MADE LESS THAN LIL WAYNE AND DRAKE????????????????????????????????? CMON SON????????? BIRDMAN MAKE WAY MORE THAN HIS ARTIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!!!! EVERYBODY KNOW DAT WITH COMMONSENSE!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    drake and wayne have other side ventures that dont include birdman. birdman doesnt have anything making him real money except music. well wayne and drake.

    • Slim901

      he is supposedly in the oil business but no one knows if that’s true…

  • Sha

    HOV stay caked up. Now all he has to do is get Beyonce to shut the hell up about that “Feminism” bullshit and make peace with the old click (The Roc) and he will officially be number one on my list.

  • Boise Idaho

    at the # 1248 spot … we have me .. with $18,000 … hahaha

  • Sha

    Did anybody notice how 50 Cent went for making $150 Million in 2008 to only making $8 Million this year? Unless he makes some serious serious serious changes, he won’t even make the cut next year. Yeah, he signed a new distribution deal recently, but you have to have a burning artist. And L.Banks just doesn’t qualify. Death of a pop star.

  • Info by John Doe

    LOL @ BIRDMAN SAYIN WAYNE MAKES MORE DEN JAY-Z

    HAHAHAHA DA NUMBERS DNT LIE HELL HE PROLLY MAKE

    MORE DEN DEM COMBINED

  • http://www.google.com wiz_khaya

    The way data is collected nd where it is collected shows tht those forbes lists r flawed. Theres way more money floating around unaccounted by Forbes in th world. These Cash kings,Russian oligarchs nd UAE shieks mst b laughing at the grossly marked down figures. Forbes doesnt knw th least of it.

    • El Tico Loco

      The list is for the YEARLY earnings not their overall net worth. Plus the list is Hip Hop earners, we know Jay Z or Diddy’s 2009 money ain’t messing with the Arab money.

  • http://www.myspace.com/shasheriashirika SHA EMPERESS

    WELL GOT DAM! GLOBALIZATION BABIES! GO LONNIE. AIN’T THE MOST HIGH GOOD.

  • UPTOWN

    I WONDER HOW MUCH MONEY TYLER PERRY OR OPRAH MADE LAST YEAR, IF THEY MADE MORE THAN JAY-Z? BOTH FROM DA DIRTY !!!!!!!!!SOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stoned Cold

    I don’t even remember Dre or Diddy or Pharrel putting out a song last year.

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  • SAMMY

    WHATZ UP J? ITS UR FAN FROM WEST AFRICA. ONE LOVE MAN!