Diddy Still #1: Mogul Tops Hip Hop Earners

Forbes revealed their list of highest-earning hip hop artists, with Diddy topping Jay-Z

Friday, Mar 11, 2011  |  Updated 8:15 AM EDT
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Diddy Still #1: Mogul Tops Hip Hop Earners

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Jay-Z and Diddy -- rap moguls turned sports moguls?

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"I'm supposed to be number one on everybody's list" raps Jay-Z.

Sorry, Hova, but this time, you came in #2.

Forbes just unveiled their list of the highest-earning hip hop artists, and the "Empire State of Mind" rapper is second to fellow music mogul Diddy.

Tallying his stakes in Bad Boy Records, Sean John Clothing, and deals with Ciroc vodka, Diddy claimed the top spot with $475 million. Jay-Z, who also boasts a varied portfolio in addition to his Roc Nation record label, was a close #2 with $450 million.

The rest of the top five was rounded by by Dr. Dre (a distant third with $125 million), 50 Cent ($100 million), and Cash Money CEO Birdman ($100 million).

If it's any consolation, Jay-Z did top Forbes' list for Top Earning Celebrity Couples, thanks to his partnership with the equally successful Beyonce.

Selected Reading: PopEater, Forbes, USA Today

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