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Diddy tops Forbes’ list of richest rappers

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Diddy tops the Forbes list of wealthiest hip-hop artists, with a fortune of some $475 million. Jay-Z comes in second, weighting in at a nifty $450 million.

Both artists have expanded well beyond music, with fashion and beverage lines, book deals and restaurants rounding out their vast empires.

Here in Atlanta of course is Diddy’s restaurant, Justin’s, in Buckhead. Jay-Z is said to be in talks to launch an upscale airport lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson, and recently met with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Here’s the story we posted about that at the time.

Forbes applied the same rigor to compiling the hip-hop list as it does in tallying the globe’s richest billionaires, “valuing current holdings, looking at past earnings, leafing through financial documents and talking to a bevy of analysts, attorneys, managers and other industry players to find the nitty-gritty details.”

Only hip-hop performers, as opposed to recording giants such as Russell Simmons, were considered for their list.

Completing the top-five list were Dr. Dre, Bryan “Birdman” Williams and 50 Cent. Click here for the link to Forbes’ story.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

57 comments Add your comment

LydiasDad

April 19th, 2011
6:01 pm

Great. What an incredible waste of money.

bill

April 19th, 2011
6:05 pm

wow Diddy on top.

“All of us can find jobs in Atlanta on http://www.careerDaddy.com. Start working, make money and start a business so we all can be on Forbes list”

LydiasDad

April 19th, 2011
6:07 pm

Thanks for your dirtbag ad Bill

In your FACE(haters)

April 19th, 2011
6:42 pm

OMG Yall clowns are such dang HATERS. HERE WE HAVE MEN THAT HAVE overcome the odds for men in general . They are successful because they did not blow their money like many stars do and have nothing to show for it. Cudos to those that are making it without slanging it. To the naysayers, I bet you wish you had a million, let alone 400 plus… LMAO at the bills that wish they could work for PUFFY… Rollova joker

justin

April 19th, 2011
7:01 pm

@ In your FACE(haters)

April 19th, 2011
6:42 pm

That’s typical on any blog by Jennifer Brett. Each blog is always about an African-American, and regardless of the topic the racist element in Atlanta always seems to release there hatred here. Just keep reading and Jennifer will post another one soon and you’ll notice the comments will always be similar.

justin

April 19th, 2011
7:02 pm

@LydiasDad

A waste of money? I’ll bet you wish you had more than two nickles to rub together!

AmIAnAlien

April 19th, 2011
7:14 pm

In your FACE(haters) ‘OMG Yall clowns are such dang HATERS. HERE WE HAVE MEN THAT HAVE overcome the odds for men in general . They are successful because they did not blow their money like many stars do and have nothing to show for it.’

Yeah you right, they just got paid contributing to the demise of other Black men… notice they only made real paper when they started selling liquor, clothes and nightclubs… everythang that a broke Black man want to spend his money on in order to pretend… Actually kind of funny to me… Get Free Or Die Trying…

Cutty

April 19th, 2011
8:11 pm

All that money just by spreading the word and lifestyle of the devil.

Eazy E

April 19th, 2011
8:28 pm

I am white. I like rap music. It isn’t my favorite genre, but I like it. That said, these guys (whether on purpose or not) exploit their race just like Jesse and Al. They sell a bunch of overpriced garbage that their people buy simply because it isn’t made by a white dude. Kudos to them, it is good business, but it is only good business FOR them.

MountainMan

April 19th, 2011
9:02 pm

I read where 50 cent ordered grapefruit juice and asked when it arrived why it wasn’t purple. Go figure. I guess he makes enough to let somebody else order for him.

Samantha Truth

April 19th, 2011
9:14 pm

Where is Kim at on the list?? don’t be tardy 4 the party!!!! ohhhh. ohhhh. don’t be tardy 4 the party!!!! ohhhh. ohhhh.

TruthBe

April 19th, 2011
9:16 pm

Congratulations for being successful in their careers. I do wish that the music had better content and less bad language. The music and hollywood stars need to clean up their acts because the young people are watching and listening to them.

4xtra

April 19th, 2011
10:04 pm

Boy…here we go AGAIN……….
It is officially obvious that SOME OF YOU ARE UNHAPPY ABOUT YOURSELVES!!!
What is there anything negative to say about Afro-americans who are successful?
P Diddy is an ok artist but an EXCELLENT businessman. (he does sample a lot of his music)
He is not a drug dealer or a thug…
Between him and Jay Z they are almost worth $1 billion dollars and some of you are very envious about that…
Seriously …what is there to be upset about? They did NOT steal this money from you!!
(YOU WISH THEY DID…)
Granted some of P Diddys music is mediocre at best but YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO LISTEN TO IT OR NOT. ….Man I am so SICK of hearing all your bi-tch-in all day on these post all over the web…
I see the same names on different posts all over the web saying the same negative comments..
You need someone to smack the he*ll out of you ……..fo real…
Especially you racist hillbillies online with your raggedy ass dial up connection………

Peggy

April 19th, 2011
10:52 pm

Sadly I never here about any of them giving to charity. I think the only thing I ever heard about Jay is he paid for a funeral of a child killed in cross fire.

middlechile

April 19th, 2011
11:25 pm

Peggy, just because you don’t hear about it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. The mainstream media often doesn’t report on charitable giving of BLACK celebs because often, they give to causes that benefit BLACK people. Besides, counting money that doesn’t belong to you is always a recipe for stupidity, not that stupidity needs a recipe.

How come every time somebody black amasses a fortune, white folks wanna come & talk about which charities they are or aren’t publicly giving to?

atl100

April 19th, 2011
11:28 pm

y eah it is good to see young black men making top dollar; however, this rap music thing will be the downfall of the young black men of our community. Rap music has done and will do more damage than the ku klux clan, jim crow and segregation could ever do. Our young men are headed off of a cliff following this trash. Crack cocaine and rap music has done ireparable damage to our community. Watch 20 years ffrom now, there will be an epidemic of useless and unprepared black men with tatoos and crimanal records following this mess. I am willing to bet. And these fat kats will be sitting atop the hill looking down at the carnage. Write it down-my prediction.

I LIKE RAP

April 20th, 2011
12:01 am

I am white and have been brainwashed by this music for years. I wanna be a thug, pack heat, and birth a lot of kids out of wedlock…. any questions?

DCSTAN

April 20th, 2011
2:37 am

Envious Snot-Rags, I love to see the hate moguls vent their jealous rage. At these rags to richer stories. They look at their own lives where the system was designed for them to suceed and look at guys like Diddy and Jay-z and other guys on this list and say WTF why can’t that be me. Catch the Vapors and weep you racist losers.

DCSTAN

April 20th, 2011
2:48 am

If you want to mess up some white people day, show them a list of African Americans who got it going on. It kills them. They love the negativity, But show sucess stories and it destroys to them to the core. Some of you folks are really sick and the sad part about it is that we know it but you don’t know it.. You love to point the finger at the short comings in our community but you don’t dare look at the Meth, out of wedlock births and murders in your own community do you?

Baden-Baden

April 20th, 2011
5:17 am

My mother always told me that money can’t buy class. Diddy proves that when he frequently appears in public in a tux with a toothpick dangling from his lips. Yessirree, he’s LOADED with class.

Baden-Baden

April 20th, 2011
5:20 am

Short comings? DCSTAN, maybe you didn’t pay too much attention in class. Do you know what a possessive is? It’s not “baby daddy”, it’s “the baby’s daddy”. Some white people day?? It’s “white people’s day”, whatever you may mean by that. Call Diddy. Sounds like you would be a perfect employee for him. You know, classless.

[...] Forbes List Of the Richest Rappers [...]

YoYo

April 20th, 2011
5:48 am

Did you know that in the US, 1 in every 19 African Americans will have HIV in their lifetime. Compared to 1 in every 170 Whites, and 1 in every 130 Hispanics.

toby

April 20th, 2011
6:12 am

@badeb-baden it’s babys’ daddy.

scott&liz

April 20th, 2011
6:12 am

sadley these folks dont do anything to help the black community only themselves and you can tell that diddy or puff daddy or whatever his name is ..is really full of himself to the maximum..reach back fella,s and help the slowly declining black l males in your race..they need you just look around while your on your way to work or school..pants saggin,wrigting all over thier bodies,thug mentality will not get you where you need to go only to an early grave or jail..and black men commiting crimes just turn on the news here..reach back and help you cant take that money to the grave with ya

Name (required)

April 20th, 2011
6:51 am

What’s his name going to be next week?

Tune in at 11!

Capo

April 20th, 2011
7:00 am

This should put birdman in his place. Talkin about he has more $$then Jay z

becareful

April 20th, 2011
7:31 am

I can not believe this!!! this is a wast of Money!!! God help us ALL!!!!

carlaroqs

April 20th, 2011
7:44 am

wow, i find it amazing that the people who have the most degrading things to say about these young Black superstars (as defined by society and their earnings)are inferior spellers. reminds me of the 60’s, when you were the same ones who were mad at the Black teachers and ministers. the atl needs prayer.

PJ

April 20th, 2011
8:10 am

These men, particularly Diddy and Jay-Z may have started their careers and gained their fame as rappers, but they made their serious money as businessmen. There’s a lesson in that. Use your talent, whatever it may be, to get noticed by and gain access to the rich and powerful, but master the workings of business to become rich and powerful.

Denise

April 20th, 2011
8:12 am

@ Eazy E

I’m black and I couldn’t agree with you more except about Al. Aside from that, you are soooo right!

Rodney King

April 20th, 2011
8:13 am

Can’t we all get along?

wisesolomon

April 20th, 2011
8:26 am

Why all the hate? I do not buy rap music, buy there garbage clothes or eat in their overpriced restaurants. A large part of their money is made from white teenagers. So why are you dispelling your racist hatred here? I made it clear to my son that my money will not be spent on any of that. Monitor what your children buy and we might not have to hate on them being so wealthy.

HOVA

April 20th, 2011
8:32 am

You people are trippin’…….stop the nonsense and get back to work…It’s 8:30 in the morning.

HOVA

Blackneck

April 20th, 2011
8:34 am

Hello Clowns and Bums! Here is your chance to express yourself! LMAO! Talk all the 5h!t you want and make your yourself feel good! LOL!

Madea

April 20th, 2011
8:47 am

Hold up! Wait a minute! Hip-hop is mostly consumed by young people. People who are rebelling against parents, the system, the man, pick a target. It’s recorded by people who are either a part of this demographic or are targeting this audience. That said, I grew up listening to hip-hop. Not all of it. I was young, and rebelling. I went to college, earned my degree and am now a working professional black woman. I don’t listen to hip-hop all the time, now, but I appreciate the artists who don’t use profanity or crime to make a record. Who? Artists like B.O.B. and the Black-Eyed-Peas. Recognize the music genre for what it is. Mostly an outlet for young people, trying to find their way. Rock music, particularly Heavy Metal, is often filled with lyrics about rebellion, drug use; it also contains profanity or sexually explicit references. But I know lots of heavy metal fans who have grown up listening to the music, but have become successful, too. I wrote all of that to say this: our taste in music doesn’t have to define us. Shoot, I like Opera, some Country and Jazz, too!

jay

April 20th, 2011
8:47 am

@Peggy
50 Cent has the G-Unity Foundation,
Diddy has Daddy’s House
Jay-Z toured Africa to bring attention to the water crisis there.

jay

April 20th, 2011
8:49 am

You people are trippin’…….stop the nonsense and get back to work…It’s 8:30 in the morning.

HOVA

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Morning Jigga Man!!!!

Chode McBlob

April 20th, 2011
9:02 am

I hate Rap but I don’t hate black people. Besides black musicians of the past (and present too) are involved in other forms of music like Jazz and Blues. How about BB King, Jimmi Hendrix, George Duke just to name a few. They are way more talented than Rappers. Some were pioneers of Rock & Roll music too. Such as Bo Didly. Janis Joplin emulated the black style of singing when she sang the blues. And they don’t “sing” about raping women and killing cops and don’t murder each other like in the Rap culture.

Tina

April 20th, 2011
9:22 am

My problem with Diddy……many babies, many baby mamas..and never married. Great role model, if I must say. Not hatin….just pointing out the facts…..

mjeter

April 20th, 2011
9:33 am

Good Morning Ms. J. Brett (the blog’s author). Nice to see how well these comments are moderated *obvious sarcasm* and how people are instructed to stick to the topic…which is NOT race/the ills of the black community.

Anyways, I salute these fellas. People want to think they are inferior thugs but obviously they are smart enough to have beat corporate America at its own game….btw I have Rarely see black people wear Sean John or Rocka Wear…..many white teens/young adults wear this brand….so the appeal of the clothes, music, and liquor is universal.

KGray

April 20th, 2011
9:37 am

Tina, you are 100% right about him having several children; however, I have never heard any of them complain that he isn’t taking care of his children financially. He not takes care of his children, he also takes care of Al B Sure’s son, that he has with Kim. Therefore, you point is what again?

Sally

April 20th, 2011
9:44 am

Congrats to them. No hate is required. It is no different than some banker getting rich. They put out a product of which there is obviously demand for.

BG

April 20th, 2011
9:44 am

Eminem!!!!!!!!!!!

byron

April 20th, 2011
9:50 am

Thats very good for anyone to make that type of money. But since it is some Blackmen making it, of course You people will be talking trash. If it was that m&m guy,or that justin b person,or even carrie underwood, the praises would be flowing. when are we as a human race going to stop all this racial stuff and just be georgians.

RJ's WIFE

April 20th, 2011
9:59 am

Somebody needs a hug!

Traci

April 20th, 2011
10:34 am

Don’t care what no one says — using the money from the Music Game to Make money in OTHER business ventures – BRILLIANT.

Puffy’s CIROC – DEAL – is phenomenal. He took a no name Vodka – that was doing minimal sales – to the #1 Selling Brand in 5 years. I remember him on all the TV shows talking about CIROC — and no one knew what the heck he was talking about.

GREAT JOB! HATS OFF to HIM!

Becky

April 20th, 2011
10:38 am

Rap isn’t my genre of music, so I don’t know that much about these guys..I don’t recall that I have ever heard anything negative about Jay-Z, so no hate for him..Also, don’t know that much about Sean..I know that he has had some issues in the past, but seems he has put those behind him and is moving forward..Yeah, I don’t think that it’s great that he has so many (3-4?) with different Mom’s, but has already been said..He supports them and I have never heard these women do a lot of bad mouthing about him, so that says something good about him..Doesn’t it?

Now, I wonder if either one of them wants to adopt an old, chunky white woman? I can cook both of them, good southern meals..

E-Roll

April 20th, 2011
10:49 am

If they don’t adopt you Becky, I will. I just can’t pay as well as them, lol. :-)

Becky

April 20th, 2011
10:52 am

Thanks E-Roll..