(Video) Forbes 2012 Top 20 Highest Paid Hip Hop Artists & Business Men


Superstar record producer Dr.Dre hits the top of this years list as the #1 earner in hip hop. Dr.Dre is reportedly the first artist in hip hop to crack the $100 Million mark since 50 Cent did it back in 2007. It is interesting to see that the top earners in hip hop make a majority of their earnings outside of the music industry through retail & investment business ventures.

Read on for the 2012 Top 20 List of the Top Money Earners In Hip Hop.


Forbes 2012 Highest Paid Hip Hop Business Men


1. Dr. Dre

2012 Earnings: $110 million

Dr Dre Net Worth






2. Diddy

2012 Earnings: $45 million








3. Jay-Z

2012 Earnings: $38 million

Jay-Z Earns






4. Kanye West

2012 Earnings: $35 million

Kanye West







5. Lil Wayne

2012 Earnings: $27 million

Lil Wayne






6. Drake

2012 Earnings: $20.5 million

Drake Net Worth






7. Birdman

2012 Earnings: $20 million

Birdman worth







8. Nicki Minaj

2012 Earnings: $15.5 million

Nicki Minaj worth







9. Eminem

2012 Earnings: $15 million

Eminem worth






10. Ludacris

2012 Earnings: $12 million

Ludacris worth






11. Pitbull

2012 Earnings: $9.5 million

Pitbull worth








12. Rick Ross

2012 Earnings: $9 million (tie)

Rick Ross worth







13. Wiz Khalifa

2012 Earnings: $9 million (tie)

Wiz Khalifa worth






14. Snoop Dogg

2012 Earnings: $8 million

Snoop Dogg worth








15. 50 Cent

2012 Earnings: $7.5 million

50 Cent Worth






16. Swizz Beatz

2012 Earnings: $7 million (tie)

Swizz Beats Net Worth






17. Pharrell

2012 Earnings: $7 million (tie)

Pharrell earnings






18. Young Jeezy

2012 Earnings: $7 million (tie)

Young Jeezy worth






19. Mac Miller

2012 Earnings: $6.5 million

Mac Miller Net Worth






20. Akon

2012 Earnings: $6 million

Akon 2012 earnings







(Video) Cash Kings 2012 – Forbes Top 20 Hip Hop Money Makers


Figures supplied by Forbes.com

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    September 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I frankly suspect Birdman to still be selling coke so he probably has more cash money! :)

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