Z Dethrones Diddy on 'Forbes 5' List

JAY-Z and Diddy top Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists 2018 Forbes List Fatima Barrie

The 48-year-old Hard Knock Life rapper and music mogul increased his estimated net worth in 2017 to US$900 million (RM3.5 billion), up by US$90 million from the year before in the annual list compiled by Forbes. The rapper could also be joined by either Diddy or Dre, and like Hov said, "What's better than one billionaire?" But the magazine says that the N.W.A. alumnus could very well be the top earner next year once he gets his next round of Apple stock, depending on the share price at the time.

Forbes has released their list of Hip-Hop's wealthiest artist of this year and it's Jay-Z who is on top of it for the first time.

Since Forbes began ranking the richest hip-hop artists in 2011, the top spots have alternated between Sean "Diddy" Combs and Dr. Dre.

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But Jay-Z has hit No. 1 with an estimated worth of $900 million, thanks to his booze brands Armand de Brignac and D'Ussé, as well as investments in streaming service Tidal and his Roc Nation label.

Diddy holds down the number two spot, experiencing modest growth from previous year, with a fortune listed at $825 million. Well, now he and JAY-Z are closing in on about 10,000,000 of them. His money comes from Ciroc and Revolt, as well as DeLeón tequila and his joint venture with beverage giant Diageo. Interestingly, Jay, Diddy, and Dre aren't only the three richest men in hip-hop, but also the wealthiest American musicians in any genre. Eminem and Drake come in tied for the number 4 and 5 spots with $100 million each.

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