August 18th, 2010
10:57 AM ET
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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