Hip-Hop’s 20 Highest Money-Makers

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jay-z.jpgForbes released their list of hip-hop’s 20 biggest money-makers, and, not surprisingly, that list is filled with names you know. What you might not know is how these men — these well-dressed, media-savvy, fully diversified men — made their money. The key, it seems, is to have many different business interests. Like music. And clothing. And lining your bed with thousand-dollar bills.

Take No. 1, for instance: Jay-Z. Not only is he a performer and president of Def Jam records, he also owns the 40/40 Club franchise, has a stake in the New Jersey Nets, and earns cash from endorsement deals with Budweiser, Hewlett Packard and General Motors. That’s to say nothing of his girlfriend, Beyonce, who’s not doing too shabby herself. Jay-Z alone banked $34 million last year. That’s pretty amazing.

What’s not-so-amazing is Forbes‘ use of the word “hip-hopreneurs,” which has to be the ugliest phrase we’ve heard since “vlog.” (Is there nothing decenct about modern diction? Sigh.) To read the full description of hip-hop’s richest, click here. To see the rest of the list, take a peek after the jump.

1. Jay-Z
2. 50 Cent
3. P. Diddy
4. Timbaland
5. Dr. Dre
6. Eminem
7. Snoop Dogg
8. Kanye West
9. Pharrell Williams
10. Scott Storch
11. Ludacris
12. T.I.
13. OutKast
14. Lil Jon
15. Ice Cube
16. Jermaine Dupri
17. Swizz Beats
18. Chamillionaire
19. The Game
20. Yung Joc

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