Aug 31, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2011/03/09/the-forbes-five-hip-hop-wealthiest-artists/Jay-Z has had quite a career thus far. Since 1996 he’s sold over 50 million records worldwide and parlayed his musical success into lucrative businesses in the realms of fashion, cuisine and advertising (for more, check out my new Jay-Z book). When it comes to the size of his fortune, however, Jay-Z is number two among hip-hop artists. The top spot goes to Sean “Diddy” Combs, who tops our first-ever accounting of rap’s richest by net worth.
Fueled by his interests in Sean John clothing, his Bad Boy Worldwide record label and, most significantly, his Diageo joint-venture vodka brand Ciroc, Diddy has a amassed a fortune of $475 million. Jay-Z ranks a close second, with $450 million.
Anyone surprised by the rankings? I never thought Dr. Dre would be so high on the list, it seems like he's been in the shadows since 2001. I mean I know he produces a ton of stuff for people and owns his own label but it seems crazy that Lil Wayne or Kanye could still be trailing him.