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50 Cent named highest-earning rap artist

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In Forbes magazine’s latest hip-hop business special (titled “Hip-Hop’s Cash Kings”), 50 Cent was named the highest-earning mogul for the past year.

How did 50 earn more than his closest competitor and the seemingly more powerful hip-hop heavyweight, Jay-Z?

One major business move clinched Fif’s number one spot. According to the article: “The new king of hip-hop wealth banked $100 million after taxes on one deal alone when his stake in VitaminWater’s parent, Glacéau, was bought by Coca-Cola as part of a $4.1 billion deal.”

Here’s the complete list of Forbes‘ top 20 highest earning hip hop artists:

1. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson: $150 million

2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter: $82 million

3. Sean “Diddy” Combs: $35 million

4. Kanye West: $30 million

5. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley: $22 million

6. Pharrell Williams: $20 million

7. Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean: $17 million

8. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus: $16 million

9. André “Dr. Dre” Young: $15 million

10. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges: $14 million

11. Clifford “T.I.” Harris: $13 million (tie)

11. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter: $13 million (tie)

12. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers: $12 million (tie)

12. Lonnie “Common” Lynn Jr.: $12 million (tie)

12. Aliaune “Akon” Thiam: $12 million (tie)

13. Jermaine Dupri: $11 million (tie)

13. Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith: $11 million (tie)

14. OutKast: $10 million (tie)

14. Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki: $10 million (tie)

14. Jayceon “The Game” Taylor: $10 million (tie)

Source: ProHipHop

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33 Comments »

  • Rick Lexington says:

    Reason being is because 50cent is a marketing freak of nature. He’s doing big things. Movie rolls, advertising, still does concerts worldwide, investments, etc. He also spread his fan base and mass apeal. By 2009/10 he’ll be safe enough for oprah.

    He’s still making money on the clothing line somewhere. People clown it here but there’s more people around the world. Countries like germany have loyal hip hop people by the masses. I think artists kind of sleep on that.

  • Cha says:

    I like 50 but I’m surprised

  • Luxury Life says:

    Rick me you Russ Chaz on there next year lol 50 mill a piece!!!!

  • swaggers says:

    congrats to all them..

  • kristie says:

    i hate 50 but damnnn i love vitamin water.

  • southern vibe says:

    fifty might not be hot in da states but all over europe and asia he da shit.

  • WOW THIS IS AMAZING! Cats are getting it in and you barely even see their name out there like that. Hip-hop bringing home some bacon

  • CHAZMUNNY says:

    Sounds good LUX. A NI99A did just get a raise lol. Tying for 3rd place next year, P.Diddy’ll DooDoo In His SeanJohn Draws lol. Holla!

  • Bombchell says:

    wow look at out boys (not sure about em though) all hustling!! awww I’m pretty happy for them. that’s nice.

  • Ojawest.nigeria says:

    Dats great for dem boyz.i quote 5ocent say “get rich or die tryin”watch dz 2 africanz akon&chamillionaire being d richest jus lik sen.obama bcomin america’s 001.

  • Offcide nigga says:

    King50 is my man,i like is syle bcos he like’s talkin about money dat’s why he is d richest rap artist. king50 4 life

  • JOHNATHAN says:

    HE AINT NO DAMN KING T.I.P DA KING OF HIP HOP AND WHERE NELLY AT? CAN WE NOT 4GET VOKAL APPLE BOTTOMS HIS NEW RINGTONE DEAL AND SEAN JOHN DEAL AND LUDA AINT MADE MORE THAN TIP JUST’ A BUNCH OF FOOEY!

  • Yankee DeBiggie says:

    Haha.. kristie just actually made me laugh out loud, Haha.

    Johnathan… your comment should have been disgarded.. T.I.? Nelly?

    I like that Kanye up there though… 50′s Made it, now, he needs to start Making better records…

    I use to be a big fan of 50′s, but after Curtis… I put up the G-Unit and hopped on the Chicago joc; Kanye, Lupe, and Common.

    Wayne the shit too though.

  • Lil pimp says:

    Yeh,king50 is da best rapper in the world n he has a gud biz strategy,f**k cashmoney they gat nuthn jst yellin lol.d best gang stil remains da gunit click.

  • Waskid says:

    Dammmm i like dat 50 d richest,hav been waitin forward 2 dat 4 long time.but i will give my crown 2 akon no matter wat,akon u d king of d hip n d hop.akon u d bomb,also lil wanye u great,without dis 2 people there nt gona be no hip hop in d year 2009..

  • Tunla says:

    Its fiddy on top as cash king now. Where d hell is dat murdafuckin fat j and his doggy bag dj kahlli prouding in their video bout money sayin”u aint seen nuthin even bout money”, all dis rats in d hood sucks coz they boost of wat they are not. And to all d fake ass niggas cuming to type shit sayin fiddy carrier is over, i think all ur words are bullshit and its not selling coz d dude is making more benjamin straight to d bank. CASH KING 2008 LOL….I KNOW U ARE REALLY MAD BOUT IT COZ ITS NOT IN UR DREAM BUT ITS REALITY. Gunit 4 life pussies.

  • sinem says:

    gerçekten çok tatlıymışsınız daa önce müziklerinizi duymuştm ama kusenmden dinlemştim yüzünüzü görmemiştm bile vamısın yokmusunda görünce şok oldum ilk duyduumda 2004 yılındaydık galiba yanlış hatırlamıyosam …
    artık bi hayranınız daha olduu:D
    sizi çok sewiyorum ama şunu bilnki sadece çok tatlısınız die diil sessiz birine benziyodunuz gerçekten ii birisiniz ölesiniz bunu görebiliyoruz

  • yearning says:

    Truly many sweet.I love you 50 cent

  • özlem says:

    Truly many sweet.I love you 50 cent I again

  • MODAH says:

    50 is tha man.Got money from selling bottled water.Now thats GRAND HUSTLING

  • daniel naija says:

    50,s just there temporarily bt one thing is 4 sure jay-z,s still d boss

  • daniel naija says:

    50,s great but one thing,s 4 sure jay-z,s d boss~

  • Marco says:

    Fitty is there to say. I tell ya wut tho’ in da futur 50 will redefine da wa da game is playd. Much luv mi ni**a fitty!! Do ya thang Boy! ONE LOVE

  • syvrevre says:

    avant je te salue et je pense vous tout le temps

  • Palmer J. says:

    yo pips fiddy is rocking the whole game fuck em ol fiddy haters koz no matter wat he still getting money by the way officer ricky and fat joe where u boss at? doesnt he pay u enuf ds. shout out to man T.I AND EMINEM.

  • Dee says:

    Definately with Palmer J…

    wasn’t eminem the highest paid for a while? :D

    Can’t wait to get his new album..lol..same with 50 cent…

  • Chidubem says:

    50 cent’s the king. Rule your empire 50 we are for u .Much love 50 YOU THE BEST

  • one of the worst covers i ever heard… such a slap in the face to motown.

  • arben says:

    jas sum golem raper od gradot ohrit sakam da peam rap pesni so site peaci

    hehehhhehehehehehehehehehehehehe

  • DenisSa says:

    to je very very good ja to fak upe uza !

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