The picture is probably a little bit of a curveball. Surely, you didn’t think Nicki Minaj was the top earning Hip-Hop artist/mogul according to Forbes’ annual list. Well, if you didn’t you were right. However, Minaj just so happened to be the only female on the list and she beat some pretty big names. Minaj earned a whopping $29 million this past year putting her ahead of Lil’ Wayne, Birdman, Ludacris, and Wiz Khalifa. At 4th place, Nicki was also ahead of the self-proclaimed biggest rock star on the planet, Kanye West ($20 million).
According to Forbes’ annual list, the top three earners in hip-hop were the three most obvious contenders for the title. Coming in at #3 was Dr. Dre, who was buoyed by the success of his ‘Beats’ headphones. At #2, Jay Z earned a healthy $43 million from various sources including his new album and various entrepreneurial activities. Surprisingly ahead of Dre and Jay Z, was #1 Diddy. Somehow, someway Diddy is the highest earner in the world of hip-hop for the past year at $50 million. Diddy, of course, has his ownership stake in Ciroc vodka, Sean John, and Bad Boy Entertainment. Those three alone were enough to put him a top the list.
Congrats to Minaj for coming in fourth on a list of all-men. Kanye needs to step his game up before he continues to anoint himself the chosen one. Number 6 is the fifth loser!