Hip Hop’s Royalty: Wealthiest Rappers of 2014#5) 50 Cent ($100 million)(credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)A bulk of which is made up from money earned when he sold the Vitaminwater company way back in 2007.
Hip Hop’s Royalty: Wealthiest Rappers of 2014#4) Bryan “Birdman” Williams ($300 million)(credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)In large part from being the head of Cash Money Records, home to such marquee acts as Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Hip Hop’s Royalty: Wealthiest Rappers of 2014#3) Jay Z ($520 million)(credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Samsung)Increasing his wealth with the addition of Roc Nation Sports to his portfolio. His new sports agency made a huge splash right out of the gate by signing Major League Baseball star Robinson Cano and helping his land a bank-breaking contract with the Seattle Mariners worth $240 million. The man they call Hova should see even more money after a proposed co-headlining stadium tour with his wife, Beyoncé.
Hip Hop’s Royalty: Wealthiest Rappers of 2014#2) Dr. Dre ($550 million)(credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Thanks to his wildly popular line of Beats By Dre headphones, Dr. Dre is still pulling in a pretty penny. According to Forbes, Beats By Dre make up a full two-thirds of the entire headphones market.
Hip Hop’s Royalty: Wealthiest Rappers of 2014#1) Sean Combs ($700 million)(credit: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)Sean Combs, the artist/mogul who recently switched his musical moniker from Diddy back to ’90s tag Puff Daddy and spent last weekend making multiple cameos at Coachella, is the king of hip-hop mountain, according to a new Forbes report.
Combs comes in at No. 1 on “The Forbes Five: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists 2014” list, boasting an estimated net worth of a staggering $700 million, a cool $120 million more than in 2013. That extra stack of scratch is the result of Combs’ burgeoning Revolt TV music channel, and lucrative deals with Comcast and Time Warner Cable to air the network.