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Music August, 10 2011

Forbes Cash Kings 2011: Hip-Hop’s Top 20 Earners

The Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings charts pretax earnings for all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap. The 2011 edition, for the period from May 2010 to May 2011 has been released, timed perfectly with the launch of Watch the Throne: Jay-Z is hip-hop’s top earner with $37 million in the past 12 months, while Kanye West ranked third.

The full Top 20 list follows.


1. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, $37 million;
2. Sean “Diddy” Combs, $35 million;
3. Kanye West, $16 million;
4. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter, Bryan “Birdman” Williams, $15 million (tie);
6. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus, $14 million (tie);
9. Aliuane “Akon” Thiam, $13 million;
10. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, $12 million;
11. Cameron “Wiz Khalifa” Thomaz, Aubrey “Drake” Graham, $11 million (tie);
13. Pharrell Williams, $10 million;
14. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, $7 million;
15. Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, Onika “Nicki Minaj” Maraj, $6.5 million (tie);
17. William “Rick Ross” Roberts, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Armando “Pitbull” Perez, $6 million (tie);
20. Faheem “T-Pain” Najm, Bobby “B.o.B” Simmons, Jr., $5 million (tie)

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