The Top-Earning Hip-Hop Stars

September 24, 2014

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“Forbes” put out their annual list of “Hip-Hop’s Biggest Earners” from the past year . . . and DR. DRE blew everyone else out of the water with $620 million.  Most of that came from Apple buying Beats. Here’s the full Top 25:

1.  Dr. Dre, $620 million . . . Apple’s $3 billion Beats buyout not only put him at #1, it’s also more than the remaining 24 names on this list COMBINED.

 

2.  A tie between Jay-Z and Diddy, both with $60 million

 

4.  Drake, $33 million

 

5.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, $32 million

 

6.  Kanye West, $30 million

 

7.  Birdman, $24 million . . . He’s more of an executive than a rapper.  He runs Cash Money, the home of Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

 

8.  Lil Wayne, $23 million

 

9.  Pharrell, $22 million

 

10.  Eminem, $18 million

 

11.  Nicki Minaj, $14 million

 

12.  Wiz Khalifa, $13 million

 

13.  Pitbull, $12 million

 

14.  Snoop Dogg, $10 million

 

15.  Kendrick Lamar, $9 million

 

16.  A FOUR-way tie between Ludacris, Techn9ne, Swizz Beats and 50 Cent, all with $8 million

 

20.  A FIVE-way tie between Rick Ross, J. Cole, DJ Khaled, Lil Jon and Mac Miller, who pulled down $7 million apiece.

Data compiled on record sales, touring, digital downloads, films, merchandise sales, endorsements, books, and other entertainment ventures

 

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