By Patricia Uye
For the second year in a row, Sean “Diddy” Combs maintains number one spot on the Forbes list of highest-earning artistes.
In Forbes newly released annual list of the top 20 earning stars in hip-hop, Diddy came out on top for the second year in a row with a jaw dropping $62 million in earnings over the past year. The rapper was trailed by another rap mogul, Jay Z, who managed a worth of $53.5 million in 2016 despite not releasing any album yet.
Rounding up the top 10 highest-earning hip hop artists are Dr. Dre with $41 million, Drake with $38.5 million and Wiz Khalifa with $24 million. Nicki Minaj is the only female to make the list, with $20.5 million; Pitbull with $20 million, Pharrell Williams with $19.5 million, Kendrick Lamar at $18.5 million and Birdman with $18 million.”The Life Of Pablo” hit maker Kanye West settled for 11th place overall with $17.5 million. Kanye West raked in the dough with his fashion ventures, most notable of which is his Adidas shoe line, Yeezy.
Others on the list were DJ Khaled with $15 million; A$AP Rocky with $14.5 million; J. Cole, Lil Wayne and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with $14 million each; veterans Snoop Dogg and Eminem with $12.5 and $11 million, respectively; Alicia Keys’ husband Swizz Beatz with $10.5 million; and Rick Ross and Ludacris tying with $10 million.
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