Forbes Lists the Five Richest Rappers

Forbes recently announced that  JAY-Z is Hip-Hop's first billionaire

In Forbes latest, "Next Billionaires" feature, the publication documents the top five richest rappers.

Following Jay in the top spot is Dr. Dre at $800 million. Number three is Diddy at $740 million. The 4th spot on the list currently belongs to Kanye West at $240 million. However, worth noting is that Kanye's Yeezy brand is reportedly worth up to  $1.5 billion, according to a 2018 report by The Blast. Drake occupies the fifth spot of with a reported $150 million. 

Noteworthy is the absence of Eminem from the Top 5 richest rappers list. The reason being is that Em is the best selling Hip-Hop artist of all-time. This is more proof that rappers often find themselves making much less money than fans realize from music sales. Besides touring, rappers must find ways to leverage their Brand Value in order to build their wealth. That being said, a 2018 report by Forbes said Em's wealth was valued at $100 million. 



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