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Music September, 5 2012

Cash Kings 2012 – Hip-Hop’s 20 Top Earners

Forbes is back with its Cash Kings 2012 list, naming the Top 20 earners of the Hip Hop industry for the year. There are not too many surprises on the list. Dre tops it with the incredible sum of 110 Million USD, followed by Diddy with 45 Million USD. Jay-Z and Kanye West sit on spots 3 and 4 of the list, not surprising with their ‘Watch The Throne’ tour activities of the last 12 months. The top earners did not make their money with music though – Dre made 100 Million USD with his Beats By Dr. Dre headphone empire, which was sold in part to HTC and Diddy once again made a fair share of his money with Ciroc Vodka.

See the full Top 20 earners of the Hip Hop industry in 2012 here below.

1. Dr. Dre: $110 million
2. Diddy: $45 million
3. Jay-Z: $38 million
4. Kanye West: $35 million
5. Lil Wayne: $27 million
6 Drake: $20.5 million
7. Birdman: $20 million
8. Nicki Mianj: $15.5 million
9. Eminem: $15 million
10. Ludacris: $12 million
11. Pitbull: $9.5 million
12. Rick Ross: $9 million (tie)
13. Wiz Khalifa: $9 million (tie)
14. Snoop Dogg: $8 million
15. 50 Cent: $7.5 million
16. Swizz Beatz: $7 million (tie)
17. Pharrell: $7 million (tie)
18. Young Jeezy: $7 million (tie)
19. Mac Miller: $6.5 million (tie)
20. Akon: $6 million

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