P. Diddy tops list of hip-hop's wealthiest
March 28th, 2013
11:20 AM ET

P. Diddy tops list of hip-hop's wealthiest

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has gone by many names, but for now we can call him hip-hop's biggest moneymaker.

Forbes magazine has released its list of the five wealthiest hip-hop artists of 2013, and Combs is No. 1. Forbes estimates that he has a net worth of $580 million.

The industry mogul is lining his pockets mainly with deals outside of music, particularly his work with Ciroc vodka.

Coming in second place is Jay-Z, whose net worth arrives at $475 million. Between the 2007 sale of Rocawear for $204 million, and his $150 million deal with Live Nation, we're guessing his daughter Blue Ivy won't have to worry about her college tuition fund.

Coming in third place is Dr. Dre with a net worth of $350 million, mostly due to his Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones.

Lil Wayne's Cash Money/Young Money Entertainment co-hort, Bryan "Birdman" Williams, is at No. 4 with a net worth of $150 million. At No. 5 on the list of the wealthiest hip-hop artists is 50 Cent, whose net worth of $125 million includes solid sales of music, merchandise, video games and books.

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  1. Enlightened

    Please stop hating! Maria, what do you mean a bunch of gangsters and dealers are the cream of the crop now? According to American history, a bunch of "gangsters" stole the land from the Native people. Stole people from their original land to work here for free for hundreds of years. The Alcohol prohibition and so on and so on. To be honest, there has always been a bunch of "gangsters" in America for Hundreds of years.

    April 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |

    Stephanie is what women need...not this loser

    April 12, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |

    stephanie is another class act in the business...she is bright attractive and smart....this is what people want

    April 12, 2013 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. North Carolina

    Puffy is a class act and a good represention of a successful black man

    April 12, 2013 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stephane Mallarme

    Congrats Diddy! I heard this in a morning Breaking TV show. Good to know.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. dowside of a tool


    April 8, 2013 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. romance

    He still wears ear rings. How old is he? Silly old man. What a dork.That's really funny .My boyfriend and i both think so..
    He is almost 11year older than me .i met him via ~~AgeGapSingles.C' 0M ~ a nice place for younger women and oldermen, or older women and younger men,to interact with each other,love it .

    April 8, 2013 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. jolly

    Puff shines in hip hop.Gives then a good name.He is neat and stylish not like Chris Brown.So dirty and uncuthed.A disgrace to hi hop.Don't see what Rihanna sees in him.

    April 5, 2013 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Really

      DIDDY inDA House = BANKnDA $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. (Shoutout2TreySongzinDA "D")

      April 5, 2013 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. George W. Bush

    Puffy's success is a wonderful example of America and Capitalism!
    You create something – market it to people – make money.
    Lots of it.

    April 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KuhnByeYew

    K U H N

    April 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pu$$y

    its moist

    April 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Really

    love this guy = Jennifer missed out on a wealth of business advice from this guy.(SHOUTOUT 2PAK/TI/DRENEMINEM)

    April 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hello

    did u burp

    April 2, 2013 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. rickster

    wow he gets away with one of the biggest crimes in the century and on to become the richest man in hiphop !

    April 2, 2013 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • NatTurner1

      No, the biggest crimes of the century were covered up by the Vatican.

      April 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rickster

    exuse me

    April 2, 2013 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mammy

    The Easter bunny has left me many chocolate treats in my panties.

    March 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  17. kanita

    If your so much of a wealthy ass man in hip hop. you see our schools or going doing and people out here dying for a lil bit of change you rap about the hood so much that niqqa we should get paid of the life you have other rap about. Give back to the hoods that put you where you at. But you fall under that category of wanna be's. but You can sit on all the money all you want but when time comes lets see how much the man up stairs let you take. Help some of the kids out that you see starving around the globe. All yal stars do is set at home in yall comfy chairs big ass house, and think traveling the world and making music is what we need when really yall not doing nothing but putting on negative music. But if yall cloam yall from the hood there should be nothing stoping you from helping out if you so dam wealthy.

    March 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  18. i get angry because of the unfairness...

    the miscommunication causes alot of trouble....can't we try at least we will know for sure if we hate each other or not....I don't think we do hate each other....everyone is always trying too throw a wrench in it for delays and hatred...let's try at some point.

    March 30, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  19. Please

    i'm not black and i'm not the enemy-I am white and a good person

    March 30, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  20. Lots of racists on this blog...they need too keep down

    they are way too recognized as it is...

    March 30, 2013 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  21. AlbanianDiddyFans

    Diddy is blessed from Jesus .....i am proud of you Puffy Congratulation nobody cant u hold down :

    March 30, 2013 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  22. Tools Cause Delusion

    living through blogs and overheard conversations that we are not sure are real or not is a problem....
    please help these people and most of all pray the get off the tool.

    March 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. I love puffs...

    he truly is a talented man...

    March 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jason

    50 Cent has way more than 125 million.... He's made over 100 mill on music, millions on clothing, video games, books and headphones not to mention the deal with Coca Cola buying Vitamin water in which he received another 100 million. Jay Z is closer to 500 and p Diddy is around 550, birdman has 100 million. Dr Dre seems just about right to me

    March 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Puffy

    puffy has also produced most of mary j blidge's cd's

    March 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  26. keithmoore1

    Keep in mind that Combs' wealth has almost nothing to do with his hip-hop career and everything to do with his other business ventures, such as his clothing line.

    March 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mac

    People!!!!! Just three words .................Get over it.

    March 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Leonard Edelen

    People who write music can live a very wealthy life without doing anything. Dolly Parton said when Whitney Houston sang her song, I will always love you, it made her a much richer woman. When Whitney died, she said the flood gates of money once again came pouring in. You may not hear from some entertainers directly, but as long as their music is being played, they are getting paid. Believe that!!

    March 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Grace

    The saddest thing is none of these guys are humanitarians. It was reported in 2010 that Jay-z gave 6k to charity. He will spend that on 1 meal taking his new best friends out to dinner Chris & Gwyneth. You have Brad & Angie helping with the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and Bono helping Africans all over the world.

    March 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Lots of Racists on this blog ... they too be careful

    March 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. palintwit

    It must be absolute hell to wake up in the morning, look into a mirror and realize you're Sarah Palin. If it was me, I'd put a leaf blower in my mouth and hit the 'on' switch.

    March 29, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  32. Tracy

    why do people always get so jealous when a black man has money . so sad.

    March 29, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  33. Todd Roderick

    When is the last time Diddy put out any new music? I forgot all about him until just now.

    March 29, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |


    March 29, 2013 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  35. LA IS ON THE RADAR.....


    March 29, 2013 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  36. humtake

    What a shame. A guy like Sean Combs who only made it big because of someone else is worth more than a guy like JayZ who worked hard and invested wisely, on his own merits. This is an exact representation of America. The guy who works hard and is responsible always comes in second when a Liberal is in office.

    March 29, 2013 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • FiveLIters

      I was with you up until your last sentence,when you revealed your ignorance;both Jay-Z and Sean Combs have been doing their thing for the last 20+ years,which means they got to where they are now while both conservative and liberal leaders were in office. But then,people like you only choose to see half of any given story or blame one side for all of the ills in the world,so troll on.

      March 29, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  37. Tool

    all that you do all day long.... and then motored in all night......you are a tool and as soon as you realize it the better off you will be.....you have too get some help....you cannot stop

    March 29, 2013 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  38. There is a problem

    your addicted too a tool...you have a huge problem

    March 29, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  39. Trufaxxare

    LOL....whites love to HATE,HATE ,HATE...GET OVER IT....

    March 29, 2013 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Cease and Desist

      Not hate. Just disgusted with how sheep blindly follow what they are told is popular instead of thinking for themselves. You are being led by the same liberal media circus that put a socialist in the White House.

      March 29, 2013 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  40. Keepin it real

    And how much humanitarian work does he do?

    March 29, 2013 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
    • FiveLiters

      Actually,he started and funded a charity for underprivledged kids called Daddy's House nearly 20 years ago,as well as made large donations to the Katrina rebuilding fund,among other things. Not saying the guy isn't an egotistical @$$,but he does actually do some charitable acts. The irony is,people on his level can't win;if they give money to causes, they're "just trying to get publicity";if they don't (or do it anonymously),then they're "not doing anything" or "being stingy".

      March 29, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  41. T in Dallas

    I don't care how much money he has Sean Combs is an narcissistic SOB who knows more than he's telling about Biggy and Tupac's untimely departures!

    March 29, 2013 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • d n dallas

      I could care less about P diddy and his money or anyone else with there money. I work everyday for a living and I don't buy any of his clothes or music. I am not looking for hand outs from any rich black guy that used people to get where they are today or use lyrics in there music that plant the wrong idea in our young minds. Maybe one day as black people we will understand we are our worst enemy. We need to change!!!!! and stop making excuses!!!!!!!!

      I am Black!!!!!!

      March 29, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • bill bob

      d n dallas stfu please im black and people like you are the enemy. white people do dumb, crazy and embarrasing things all the time they jsut dont repeatedly critizise eachother for it and cosntantly bring it back up like we and the media do.

      example: chris brown beating rihanna still constantly brought up / charlie sheen threating to murder and beating his wife and being a coke head barely mentioned

      March 30, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Leave the woman alone -- you don't know her...

      March 30, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  42. Tug Romney

    The man does have a nice tux there.

    March 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Alvarez

    I would enjoy squatting on his head and giving him a face full of trouser twinkies.

    March 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Sadie

    I'll bet Kimmy K. is ticked that Kanye didn't make the top 5. Congrats to P. Diddy. He has done very well for himself!

    March 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Margaret

    I love NY

    March 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Bizness


    March 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Shalom 4

    good luck puffy...

    March 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Jasmine

    Congratulations Diddy! Look at all of the haters, lol. Ya’ll wish you were Diddy, but you NEVER will be! He is successful and I wish him much more success.

    March 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Sokman

    OMG! He looks just like that kid that shot that baby in the face! :O

    March 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  50. DownSideofFame

    Elite. Problem solvers...honest," "interactive," and "cordial "
    Our name states it. Down side of fame , AdamsFamily negotiations
    Let us assist U... We pull the good out of the Bad, PUBLICITY (E us at)
    Contracts24 (at) yahoo.com--we'llWhen all the looks and all the MONEY, AND U STILL GOT PROBLEMS...

    March 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  51. WilhemF

    Is that all you haters have to say? No matter what a certain people do there are someone of devoid of simple rationale making ignorant comments.

    March 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • wesly bernstein

      yo truthful unhappy individuals can not see other people be successful and do well with their lives so they will hate. its sad how people cant just be ok or happy for the next man. instead someone comments on his earrings lmao.
      its so sad if your truly that unhappy with yourself go listen to heavy metal paint your nails black then jump off a bridge
      ( real music?)

      March 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • maria

      Yeah! did you forgot how he started? how he made money before he was rich and famous? people have the tendence to forget so soon! we all know who was Puffy a longtime ago,what happens is that money TALKS! he thinks he is WHITE!

      March 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • IPod 4....they talk too...


      March 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cease and Desist

      @WilhelmF: you have all the command of English and grammar of a high school drop-out. Enjoy your career at McDonald's.

      March 29, 2013 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  52. Cease and Desist

    The only reason these clowns are rich is because of stupid people who'll buy anything with their names on it. Gotta give credit to them though because they know their music is crap, so they make the real money on clothes and headphones. Too bad Beats are only good for loud thumpy crap. Real music sounds like sh¡t on them.

    March 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chucker

      You are correct, sir.

      March 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • wesly bernstein

      your sad stop hating on other peoples lives cause yours sucks it is ugly. they travel and see the world and do things you wish you could do as well as go to places you could only imagine going. be happy for them and stop hating lol what do you listen to ? heavy metal with dudes just screaming and crying and talking about death. you probably wear make up and paint your nails black lol

      March 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • maria

      AMEN! a bunch of gangsters and drug dealers are now the "cream of la cream" rich and famous ,why? because they have money they are now in the Hollywood scale and are accepted because MONEY TALKS Is all ! they are now in TV shows,with celebrities, even if they have a dirty past ,"welcome to America",were money is everything not matter if you are a ghetto dud!

      March 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cease and Desist

      @wesley bermstein: not into heavy metal, and no, my life doesn't suck. I already played golf twice this week while my checks keep rolling in. I fart in your general direction and laugh at your total lack of understanding. Beep! Better get back to work, dude, the fries are done.

      March 29, 2013 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  53. Oregon_Dude

    He still wears ear rings. How old is he? Silly old man. What a dork.

    March 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, P. Diddy, et al.

    make up your mind, fool.

    March 28, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |

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