There are definitely rappers who fans can expect will make Forbes’ Hip Hop Cash Kings list every year, with Diddy holding down the top spot for three years running. While 2015-2017 belonged to Puff, it looks as if good friend JAY-Z has claimed the top spot for 2018.
Hov’s net worth increased to an impressive $900 million in the past year, according to the finance publication, thanks to ventures such as Roc Nation, streaming service Tidal, spirits brands Armand de Brignac and D’Ussé and others.
Diddy isn’t far behind, coming in second with $825 million. The Bad Boy founder can thank his label, spirit brands DeLeon Tequila and Ciroc Vodka, Revolt TV and more for his massive success.
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Coming in third is Dr.Dre, 2014’s Cash King, who’s worth $770 million this time around. Drake and Eminem follow in fourth and fifth place, respectively, being valued at $100 million each. Check out the full list here.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.