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JAY-Z Tops Forbes Richest Rappers Of 2019 List


JAY-Z Tops Forbes Richest Rappers Of 2019 List

JAY-Z Tops Forbes Richest Rappers Of 2019 List
Forbes just released its richest rappers of 2019 list. It’s pretty much the usual suspects with the only surprise coming from Kanye West, who overtakes Drake to claim the No. 4 spot on this year’s list.

Naturally, JAY Z, who was declared hip hop’s first billionaire earlier this month tops this list. Dr. Dre, who prematurely proclaimed himself a billionaire in 2014 after Apple bought his Beats By Dre headphones company for $3 billion comes in at number 2 with a net worth of $800 million. Diddy holds down the third spot with $740 million.

Kanye West makes his debut on the list at the No. 4 spot with a $240 million fortune. Forbes credits West’s recent success to his partnership with Adidas. The youngest of them all, Drake rounds up the top 5 with a net worth of $150 million. The Toronto rapper’s fortune reportedly grew by 50% over the past year, largely thanks to his holdings in real estate, his investment in Virginia Black whiskey, as well as a lucrative tour and new residency at the XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.


In order to compile our [Forbes] ranking of the richest rappers, we use the same procedures employed in the calculation of our annual billionaires list: poring over financial documents, valuing major assets, and consulting with analysts, managers, attorneys and other industry insiders.

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