Diddy Tops Forbes’ 2015 Five Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artist List

By Staff  |  05/05/2015

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Forbes unveiled its list of hip-hop's five wealthiest artists for 2015 this week... and it was a battle between Dr. Dre and Diddy.

After selling off his Beats By Dre headphone line to Apple, the super producer pocketed $500 million after taxes to bring his net worth to an estimate $700 million. Still, he's not the richest man in hip-hop. Diddy is, according to Forbes, with an estimated net worth of $735 million.

Diddy's empire includes huge stakes in his TV network Revolt, clothing line Sean John, alkaline water brand Aquahydrate, and new tequila DeLeon, while Dre's overall net worth is credited to the nine-figure payout he received from Apple's acquisition of Beats.

Jay Z comes in third with an estimated net worth of $550 million, due to assets such as Roc Nation and his Armand De Brignac champagne brand.

50 Cent comes in fourth with $155 million, hoping to repeating the success of the Vitaminwater sale, via stakes in the SMS Audio headphones line, Effen Vodka and Frigo underwear.

Closing out the list is Birdman with $150 million, due to the success of his Cash Money Records empire. However, his overall number is down from $160 in 2014, due to rumors that many of its big acts plan on leaving, most notably, Lil Wayne.