P. Diddy Is Currently The Top Earner In Hip-Hop By About $40 Million

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According to Forbes‘ latest edition to their annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is currently the biggest earner in hip-hop, with a $40 million lead on the next richest, Drake. Both of them lead third place Jay-Z by at least $50 million, with Dr. Dre and Chance The Rapper(!) rounding out the top five.

The rapper-producer-all-in-the-videos-dancer formerly known as Puff Daddy earned his huge lead in large part due to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. He also has a quite lucrative partnership with Ciroc Vodka, which anyone who’s been in a nightclub VIP section — or a Met Gala — in the last four years can tell you was probably a great investment. Last year Diddy also sold off one-third of his Sean John clothing line for an estimated $70 million. He’s got plenty of reason to celebrate — and apparently more than enough cash to put his office back together after he does. All in all, Puff’s investments and partnerships put him at about $130 million earned in 2017.

I guess Virginia Black whiskey has a ways to go to catch up with Ciroc, as Drake came in second place with $94 million. Jay-Z’s $42 million is nothing to sneeze at, but coming in third behind a new jack like Drake may put a damper on all his investment advice for the foreseeable future. Drake can money phone Jay all he wants now.

Dr. Dre is estimated to have earned $34.5 million, while Chance The Rapper comes in at fifth with $32 million, which isn’t half-bad for an “industry plant.” To save you a click, the rest of the list is reprinted below.

1. Diddy ($130m)

2. Drake ($94m)

3. Jay-Z ($42m)

4. Dr. Dre ($34.5m)

5. Chance the Rapper ($32m)

6. Kendrick Lamar ($30 million)

7. Wiz Khalifa ($28 million)

8. Pitbull ($27 million)

9. DJ Khaled ($24 million)

10. Future ($23 million)

11. Kanye West ($22 million)

12. Birdman ($20 million)

13. Swizz Beatz ($17 million)

14. Snoop Dogg ($16.5 million)

15. Nicki Minaj ($16 million)

16. Lil Wayne ($15.5 million)

17. J. Cole ($14 million)

18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($11.5 million, tie)

18. Rick Ross ($11.5 million, tie)

20. Lil Yachty ($11 million)