Jay-Z is the king of top hip hop earners
August 18th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

Jay-Z is the king of top hip hop earners

In the world of the “Hip Hop Cash Kings 2010,” rapper/entrepreneur Jay-Z reigns supreme.

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is ranked No. 1 on the Forbes list of top earning hip hop artists with $63 million earned in the past 12 months.

Carter, whose wife Beyonce also does pretty well in the earnings department, amassed more than double the amount of the No. 2 artist on the list, Sean “Diddy” Combs, who raked in $30 million.

Carter has a diverse portfolio in addition to his music career, with stakes in the 40/40 nightclub chain and the NBA's New Jersey Nets. Combs, who recently co-starred in the film "Get Him to the Greek," is also a pitchman for Ciroc and Diddybeats ear-buds.

Other hip hop stars on the list include Akon, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West. Combined, the top 20 earners in hip hop pulled in about $300 million in the past year.

Click here to read the complete list of rap’s richest artists.

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  1. inside yoU

    love get to use her, too ^^^

    August 19, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. simple12

    Jay-Z pay no attention to the haterz! Those who have followed your work know what hell you went through to get to where you are! Some dudes who's been in the industry the same length of time if not longer than you have not accomplished what you have!!!! Enjoy the fruits and may God continue to use you and your beautiful wife Beyonce to change the lives that you touch!

    August 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. boocat

    And anybody who pays money for this crap is dumber than a spatula...

    August 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lovely

    i agree....but i really dont like the fact that sooo many people are on his abck about the whole illuminaty thing ?....i dont understand whats that all about ?????....

    August 18, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Peanuts

    He had a dream,was discovered,worked hard,gives back to his community...continued Blessings..always keep it real.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |

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