Diddy Tops Forbes List of Highest-Earning Hip Hop Stars

Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper also ranked high

September 28, 2017
Sean Diddy Combs arriving at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons : Art of the In-Between held in New York, NY, on May 1, 2017.

Photo by Anthony Behar/SIPA USA

Sean "Diddy" Combs has proven once again that rappers don't make the real money, the moguls do. Thanks to bringing in somewhere around $130 million in the last year, Diddy is estimated to be the top earner in all of hip hop. Forbes magazine recently released its annual list of the highest paid hip hop artists, and the Bad Boy boss took the top spot. However, the bulk of Diddy's money hasn't come from music, but rather his outside ventures, including Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila, the sale of a portion of his Sean John clothing line, and more. 

The world's biggest streaming artist, Drake, came in at #2 with an estimated $94 million. The Canadian rapper also shills for Apple, Sprite, and Nike. Fellow moguls JAY-Z and Dr. Dre came in third and fourth. Hov had estimated earnings of $42 million, of course he'll soon begin raking in even more as he signed a $200 million deal with Live Nation that will keep him paid for the next decade.

Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull, DJ Khaled, and Future finished off the top 10.