According to Forbes annual list of top money-makers, P.Diddy is still the richest rapper. That's funny, because I can't remember the last time he did anything resembling rapping. Is promoting Ciroc vodka and hooking up with Cameron Diaz part of his rap career duties now?
P.Diddy was the top earner in 2011 and stayed in the top spot for a second year. Actually, the top five riches rappers of 2012 are pretty much the same as last year, they just all got even more money.
These are the overall wealthiest rappers, not the rappers who made the most money in the last year.
Diddy, Puffy, Diddy Dirty Money, call him what you will, the hip hop mogul is worth $550 million thanks to Ciroc, Sean Jean clothing and his new deal with Comcast to launch his own cable channel.
Following close behind is Jay-Z with $460 million. Jay still churns out music and goes on tour, but also partially owns the New Jersey Nets, 40/40 Club chain, and his former Rocawear clothing label.
Coming in after Diddy and Jay is Dr. Dre with $270 million thanks in part to HTC buying a 51% stake in his Beats Electronics company.
Birdman has $125 million, seeing as he's the founder of Cash Money Records aka the brains behind Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj.
Coming in at #5 is 50 Cent who is worth $110 million mostly due to his stake in Vitaminwater.