Claiming his fourth Cash Kings crown in five years, the Jigga Man topped the list again after raking in over $37 million last year.
Fueled by the tail end of his Blueprint 3 Tour and a vast portfolio of business interests, Jay-Z barely edged second-ranked Diddy—who raked in $35 million, roughly half of that total coming from a lucrative partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka—but handily topped West, who earned $16 million. The duo is steaming ahead with plans for co-headlining tour starting this fall.
“Jay-Z and Kanye are hip-hop ambassadors,” says Steve Stoute, chief of branding firm Translation and author of The Tanning of America. “They bring the art form around the world, and they’ve taken production and everything to the next level. Now they’ve got a chance to grow with their global audience.”
I see said the blind man. And now…here’s the rest of the list via MTV:
Right behind Jay is Sean “Diddy” Combs, who was just short of the top spot by raking in a cool $35 million. Kanye West came in at a respectable but still distant third with $16 million.
YMCMB brethren Lil Wayne and Birdman rang in at fourth and fifth place respectively but tying the same numbers in earning $14 million each. Rounding out the top ten is Eminem, Snoop Dogg, R&B singer Akon and rapper/actor Ludacris. Wiz Khalifa makes the list for the first time at eleventh spot, earning $11 million dollars with the rapper’s heavy tour schedule boosting his visibility and album sales.
Young Money is represented well in the top 20 as Canadian heartthrob Drake tied Wiz with $11 million in earnings in claiming the twelfth spot. Rounding out the rest of the list are Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Cash King top earning record holder 50 Cent, Pitbull T-Pain and B.o.B.
1. Jay-Z – $37 million
2. Diddy – $35 million
3. Kanye West – $16 million
4. Lil Wayne, Birdman – $15 million
6. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg – $14 million
9. Akon – $13 million
10. Ludacris – $12 million
11. Wiz Khalifa, Drake – $11 million
13. Pharrell Williams – $10 million
14. Timbaland – $7 million
15. Swizz Beatz, Nicki Minaj – $6.5 million
17. Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Pitbull – $6 million
20. T-Pain, B.o.B – $5 million
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