Five Wealthiest Artists in Hip Hop 2016

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Nelly, Sean "Diddy" Combs, & Jay Z
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Despite selling Beats to Apple for $3 billion last year, Dr. Dre still isn’t the richest man in rap -that honor goes to Diddy. Read on to see the full list.

1. Diddy ($735 million)

diddy4 Though Mr. Combs hasn’t yet had a Beats-level exit, he might soon, courtesy of huge stakes in TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John, alkaline water brand Aquahydrate and tequila DeLeon.

2. Dr. Dre ($700 million)

maxresdefault His Beats sale got him the largest single-year payday of any musician in history—and a nine-figure tax bill that kept him from the top of the list.

3. Jay Z ($550 million)

Jay-Z-umlaut-back-616x440 His diversified portfolio continues to grow thanks to assets such as entertainment company Roc Nation and Armand de Brignac champagne.

4. 50 Cent ($155 million)

150715161737-50-cent-780x439 After scoring $100 million on the sale of Vitaminwater in 2007, 50 hopes to repeat the feat with stakes in new ventures including SMS headphones, Effen vodka and Frigo underwear.

5. Birdman ($150 million)

birdman His slight dip this year (down from $160 million and the No. 4 slot in 2014) mirrors the value of his label Cash Money, which has been dogged by rumors of the departure of big acts including superstar Lil Wayne.

 

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