Jay-Z tops Forbes Cash King List 2011, Nicki Minaj 1st Female Rapper to Make List

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Who's the Richest Rapper? Jay-Z, Kanye West or...um, Birdman?
 

 

We know Kanye West and a lot of his fellow bling-boasting hip-hop stars are living the good life. But just how good is it?

Forbes' list-o-mania continues with its unveiling of 2011's Hip-Hop Cash Kings, compiled according to how much the rappers banked over the past 12 months from album sales, touring, merchandise deals, business ventures, etc.

Despite all the sturm und drang that drags him down from time to time, Kanye, of course, made the list. Where does he rank, however, next to his latest collaborator, Jay-Z; old-timers like Dr. Dre and Birdman; or relative youngsters like Lil Wayne?

Sure enough, the Carter rules.

Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) leads all comers once again with $37 million in earnings since last August. A majority of the dough is proceeds from his Blueprint 3 tour, but the onetime retiree owes plenty to his 40/40 luxury-sportsbar chain, an interest in the New Jersey Nets and other investments. And it's nice to have that $150 million, 10-year deal with concert-promoting behemoth Live Nation to fall back on, as well.

Nipping at his heels, however, is fellow mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, who raked in a neat $35 million from his Bad Boy record label, his Sean John clothing line and his lucrative Ciroc vodka deal.

West may have landed at No. 3, but he's a ways down there at "only" $16 million, the slacker just coasting along on his critically adored platinum album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

But the next 12 months are shaping up to be even more massive for the rapper-producer-gaffemaker, his long-awaited collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne, having just dropped this week. Best Buy forked over quite a bit of bread to be the only brick-and-mortar retailer selling the deluxe version of the album until Aug. 23.

The rest of the top 10 had similar years, revenue-wise, with Cash Money honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams tying Lil Wayne for the next two spots with $15 million, showing that tha Carter isn't doing too bad, either.

Eminem, Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre are holding fast with $14 million; Akon scraped together $13 million and Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges earned most of his $12 million from his Tag body spray and Trojan endorsements, as well as scene-stealing roles in Fast Five, No Strings Attached and the upcoming New Year's Eve.

Ludacris also raps from time to time, and he expects his eighth studio album, Ludaversal, will be out in early 2012.

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103 comments for "Jay-Z tops Forbes Cash King List 2011, Nicki Minaj 1st Female Rapper to Make List"

 6 years ago '10        #2
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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jay z owns less then 1% of the nets which he got for free lol..........they are using him until he isn't popular anymore


people who make 15 million a year don't buy million dollar cars...lol
 08-09-2011, 06:02 PM         #3
Slickems 
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Juicy J has 80 million IN THE BANK ACCOUNT


Jay's money is all theoretical paper money

Birdmans is all in bullsh*t cars



Juicy is the richest man in rap
 08-09-2011, 06:10 PM         #4
Slickems 
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 ballergenetics said:
ahhhh man....are you sayin' what I think you're saying ?
idk

but if you go to Juicy's ATM, and get a receipt, the receipt says "Available Balance: $80,000,000"

Jay-Z's money all paper money, one wrong stock crash and he's broke
 6 years ago '10        #5
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I love how he put jay z kanye and birdman, and not names like..

50 Cent, Jay z, birdman, puffy..

im sure any of those people have hundreds of millions more than kanye..
 6 years ago '05        #6
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...I Was Going Make A Thread But I'll Post This In Here.

Forbe's Cash Kings 2011: Hip-Hop’s Top Earners

1. Shawn "Jay Z" Carter - $37 Million
2. Sean " Diddy" Combs - $36 Million
3. Kanye West - $16 Million
4. Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter - $15 Million
5. Bryan "Birdman" Williams - $15 Million
6. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers - $14 Million
7. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus - $14 Million
8. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young - $14 Million
9. Aliuane “Akon” Thiam - $13 Million
10. Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges - $12 Million
 6 years ago '11        #7
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Beleee Dat Playboi
 6 years ago '10        #8
gakhteebo 
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 JuElz CaM said:
lol man u know what i meant, i know i listed jay z twice, i was just rewording what the title should of been.

either way my point was.

50 cent, jay, puff, birdman, and many more, > kanye
 08-09-2011, 06:49 PM         #9
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 Andrefrbk said:
LOL no one is going to know jayz true net worth, if he is smart like other rich people he probably converted some of his money to gold. And some is probably in a swiss bank collecting interest for a rainy day. Like idk THE US DOLLAR COLLAPSE.
 6 years ago '07        #10
cankstoochie 48 heat pts48
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these are earnings(annual income) not net worth.

baby is worth 100 mill

jay is worth 450 mill

jay is winning that race


but the better question is, where the fu*k is curtis jackson on this list? dude fell the fu*k off he ain't even top 10 in income.
 08-09-2011, 07:12 PM         #11
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 hollatchadude said:
and you can say the same for Birdman..." probably in a swiss bank collecting interest for a rainy day"..thats what i thought Birdman was doing from the very jump and putting money in banks overseas!!...get off HOV d!ck n*gga!!!!...you think he's the smartest businessman??...smh stunna been had his own company/plaques on the wall before jay had the ROC or anyone even knew who he was!

CASH MONEY RECORD SALES>>>>THE ROC!

but trust me..baby and slim got money spread out in different banks around the world !...n*gga been stuntin before we were born and still doin it!!


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 6 years ago '06        #12
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everyone knows jigga is leading that race
 6 years ago '11        #13
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 Slickems said:
Juicy J has 80 million IN THE BANK ACCOUNT


Jay's money is all theoretical paper money

Birdmans is all in bullsh*t cars



Juicy is the richest man in rap
Didn't we already prove this is false
 6 years ago '07        #14
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Beleee Dat Playboi

Birdman haircut>>>>your 401k
 6 years ago '07        #15
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These stars banked more than any of their peers over the past 12 months..

This week, Jay-Z and Kanye West dropped their long-awaited collaboration, Watch the Throne. The album's timing and title couldn't have been more appropriate-the Empire State of Mind rapper is hip-hop's top earner with $37 million in the past 12 months, claiming his fourth Cash Kings crown in five years; his partner-in-rhyme ranked third..

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 Translation Marketing 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.".

The Watch The Throne rappers aren't the only ones making millions by going global. Fresh off a eight-month jail stint, Lil Wayne released a new album and performed a slew of shows from Buffalo to Vancouver, netting $15 million over the past year. That sum tied him with his mentor and label boss, Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman, for the fourth spot..

"If we ain't number one now, we'll be there soon," said Birdman, in the midst of discussing his billion-dollar dreams with Forbes. Farther down the list, Swizz Beatz also looked to the future: "I will be #1 next year," he wrote in an email. Wiz Khalifa-whose high earnings landed him at No. 11-seemed pleasantly surprised to learn he'd be making his Cash Kings debut. "I'm one of them?" he exclaimed. "That's what's up!".

IN PICTURES: HIP-HOP'S TOP 20 EARNERS.

Still, Khalifa's total was surpassed by a troika of grizzled veterans: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, who tied for the sixth spot on the list at $14 million apiece. Dre's income got a big boost from Beats by Dre, his lucrative headphone venture with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine; Snoop cashed in on touring and endorsements from Pepsi Max, Metro PCS and others; Eminem continued to earn from his Grammy-winning album, Recovery, as well as a handful of lucrative concerts with Jay-Z at Yankee Stadium in New York and Comerica Park in Detroit..

"There are four hip-hop artists that sell hard tickets: Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye and Lil Wayne," says Randy Phillips, chief of concert promoter AEG. "Those are the big four. In the past, it hasn't really been a live medium ... Is it changing? When you look at the business Jay and Eminem did in Yankee Stadium, I think it is.".

Touring was one of the many revenue streams we looked at to come up with the Cash Kings list, which charts pretax earnings for all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap. The estimates also include income from record sales, digital downloads, films, merchandise sales, endorsements, books and other entertainment ventures; management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated for the period from May 2010 to May 2011 and based on data from Pollstar, Nielsen SoundScan, the Recording Industry a.ssociation of America, and individual record labels, as well as interviews with numerous lawyers, media buyers, managers and many of the artists themselves..

This year's list features plenty of newcomers. Besides the aforementioned Wiz Khalifa, there's Nicki Minaj, who debuts at No. 15 with $6.5 million-making her the first female rapper ever to grace the list. Another, Atlanta-based rapper-singer-songwriter B.o.B, squeaked on with $5 million. Sandwiched between Minaj and B.o.B is an additional newbie, Pitbull, who released two albums, performed 50-plus shows and inked a seven-figure endorsement deal with Kodak..

"Pitbull is great with brands," says Adam Kluger, chief of brand partnership firm The Kluger Agency. "Endorsements hip-hop artists work because hip-hop artists typically set the most trends ... It's every brand's goal to be seen in the mainstream, and hip-hop music has become mainstream music."



The Top 10.

1. Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, $37 million -- Hip-hop's reigning Cash King continues to reap the benefits of a 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal, as well as stakes in the New Jersey Nets, the 40/40 Club chain, ad firm Translation and others. This year marked the first time he out-earned wife Beyonce since their marriage in 2008..

2. Sean "Diddy" Combs, $35 million -- Music now accounts for less than 20% of earnings for the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy, thanks to big stakes in clothing lines Sean John and Enyce, record label Bad Boy and marketing firm Blue Flame. But it's his Ciroc vodka deal that led Forbes to estimate his net worth at $475 million this winter..

3. Kanye West: $16 million -- The self-proclaimed Louis Vuitton Don returns to the top three for the first time since 2009. His new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, hit stores in November, earned critical raves and quickly went platinum. His follow-up, Jay-Z collaboration Watch the Throne, debuted on August 8th..

4. Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter, $15 million -- The lyricist reportedly wrote his first song at age 8 and signed a record deal with Cash Money a year later. Today he's one of rap's richest, despite serving eight months in jail last year. His latest release, I Am Not A Human Being, made him the first artist since Tupac Shakur to have a No. 1 album while incarcerated..

4. Bryan "Birdman" Williams, $15 million -- The Cash Money chief continues to rake in cash from the label he cofounded, home to fellow Cash Kings Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj. Excluded from previous lists because we deemed him more executive than rapper, Birdman was included this year because most of his peers now have a similar job description..

6. Marshall "Eminem" Mathers, $14 million -- Eminem doesn't tour as much as many rappers and his outside business interests are limited, but music alone was enough to blast him back into the upper reaches of the list this year. His album Recovery sold 5.7 million copies worldwide and earned 10 Gramm nominations. Normally non-commercial, he added to his coffers with Super Bowl spots for Lipton and Chrysler..

6. Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus, $14 million -- The ageless wonder of the West Coast turned in another strong year, boosted by new album Doggumentary, heavy touring and endorsements with companies from Metro PCS to Pepsi Max. Icing on the proverbial cake: A verse on Katy Perry's smash hit "California Gurls.".

6. Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, $14 million -- The man who launched the careers of fellow Cash Kings including Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent keeps bringing in cash-namely from producer fees and Beats by Dre, his lucrative headphone venture with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine..

9. Aliuane "Akon" Thiam, $13 million -- The Senegalese-American singer-songwriter-producer extraordinaire caked up on a string of international concerts from Australia to Zimbabwe, a lucrative World Cup spot with Pepsi, a host of business ventures and hit song "I Just Had s3x," which has garnered over 115 million YouTube views since its December debut..

10. Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, $12 million -- The self-proclaimed Mouth of the South makes money from much more than just music. This year, he earned big on movie roles including Fast Five, No Strings Attached and New Year's Eve, as well as endorsements with Tag body spray and Trojan condoms. He also struck partnership deals to launch Soul By Ludacris headphones and a cognac called Conjure.

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 6 years ago '10        #16
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forbes is bull sh*t
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Luda making money good for him....
 6 years ago '06        #18
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lil wayne making just as much money as his founder baby





Hov!
 6 years ago '06        #19
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 DJ Maximum said:
Luda making money good for him....
all that feature money must stack up...Luda always on radio hits


edit: wtf at akon though...this n*gga not banking that much of Gaga?
 6 years ago '10        #20
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This year marked the first time he out-earned wife Beyonce since their marriage in 2008..
Because she took the year off
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