#13. UNCLE SNOOP – 135M
Uncle Snoop may not be dropping hit records like it’s hot anymore, but he sure keeps getting the endorsements to rake him millions. From being a creative chairman for Priority Records to investing in a marijuana delivery service, Snoop continues to dominate his territory as a high-earning rapper.
#12. ICE CUBE – 140M
Ice Cube remains a quiet millionaire who keeps on getting his checks without much fuss. He started in the rap game and ventured to the movie business, amassing a noteworthy fortune on the way. Apart from his success as an actor and producer, he has sold over 10 million albums in his legendary career.
#11. LIL WAYNE – 150M
Weezy remains one of those distinct rap legends that you can love to hate but still admire for how far he has come in the rap game. Signing with Cash Money at age 9 made him the youngest artist on the label, but soon emerging as the face of the label, Young Money sure grew older with much more money.
#10. BIRDMAN – 150M
Lil Wayne’s departure from Cash Money Records may have caused a string of financial issues for the rap mogul but he is still standing strong in the line of very rich rappers.
#9. PHARRELL – 150M
Skateboard P is definitely a money-making mogul and has a diverse range of assets and investments across the board. From his clothing line and his published book to his distinguished seat as a judge on The Voice, his money-flow is ever-flowing.
#8. 50 CENT – 155M
A lot of us are still trying to figure out how Fif, who was listed last year on Forbes as one of Hip-Hop’s wealthiest, declared bankruptcy at all. Whatever the case, 50 Cent clearly still gets money, lots of it.
#7. RONALD ‘SLIM’ WILLIAMS – 170M
We don’t hear much about the big boys behind the big deals in the music industry but though not a ‘rapper’ you hear of often, Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams is definitely one of the big boys in rap. Along with his brother, Birdman, Slim founded Cash Money Records label and currently serves as the executive producer for many of Cash Money artists’ albums, most especially Lil Wayne.
#6. EMINEM – 190M
We may not hear much of Slim Shady like we used to, but Eminem is making every tour count with the humongous checks he has been cashing in the last 5 years. His net worth has nearly doubled since 2010.
#5. RUSSELL SIMMONS – 325M
The 59-year old music legend wasted no time in his youth amassing his fortune as one of the founders of the most successful rap music label of all time, Def Jam Records.
#4. MASTER P – 350M
Master P built his No Limit empire in the 1990s and his bank account show no limit as The No Limit emporium grew to include a clothing line, a film production company, a video game company and a luxurious travel agency.
#3. JAY Z – 610M
Mr. Carter been one of the wealthiest rappers over the last decade. For a man who has retired as much as he has, Jay Z is one for making more and more money. His lists of business ventures include, Roc Nation, Roc Nation Sports and D’Usse Cognac. In 2013, Jay Z struck a deal with Samsung which saw the tech giant buy a million copies of Magna Carta…Holy Grail.
#2. DR. DRE – 710M
Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics for a reported $3 billion in 2014 seem to have set the music doc up for life. The rapper/producer is still earning royalties that are decades old. Dre’s role as executive producer to NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, did much to add to his great fortune.
THE NUMBER 1 RAPPER IN THE WORLD IS DIDDY! – 750M
It shouldn’t come as a shock at all that Bad Boy CEO is the richest rapper in the world! His business investments in the music world stretch on for decades so Diddy is likely to remain on top for many more years to come. We all know ‘He don’t stop.’
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