P Diddy Beats Jay-Z And Dr Dre

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To Be Crowned Richest Hip Hop Artist Of 2013

Just when you thought no one’s bank balance could match that of Jay-Z’s (with probably the exception of his missus), P Diddy has knocked the rapper off his high-earning perch.

Yep, you read that right! The man who was christened Sean Combs has earned more than Mr Carter this year.
Hard to believe seeing as Jay Z seemed to be everywhere this year (the charts, the festivals, the collaborations) while Mr P has kept a fairly low profile.

But the shrewd entrepreneur has been raking it in thanks to his Ciroc vodka brand, along with his Bad Boy record label and Sean John clothing line.

So it’s not all about the music then?

A list compiled by Forbes of the highest-earning hip-hop artist of 2013 saw Combs at the top of the money pile with takings of an estimated $50 million (£31.2m) over the past 12 months.

Jay-Z comes in second with earnings of $43 million (£26.9 million, helped by his involvement with brands such as Rocawear and Live Nation).
Producer and former NWA rapper Dr Dre follows in third place with $40 million (£25 million), no doubt boosted by the huge popularity of his Beats by Dre headphones.

Producer and former NWA rapper Dr Dre follows in third place with $40 million (£25 million), no doubt boosted by the huge popularity of his Beats by Dre headphones.

Nicki Minaj, with earnings of $29 million (£18 million) is the highest-placed female at four, ahead of Birdman, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris and Pitbull.

But all is not lost for Jay-Z – this week, he and Beyonce were named Forbes’ highest earning celebrity couple.

The Top 10 Highest-Earning Hip-Hop Artists are:

1. P Diddy ($50 million)
2. Jay Z ($43 million)
3. Dr Dre ($40 million)
4. Nicki Minaj ($29 million)
5. Birdman ($21 million)
6. Kanye West ($20 million)
7. Lil Wayne ($16 million)
8. Wiz Khalifa ($14 million)
9. Ludacris ($12 million)
10. Pitbull ($11 million)

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