Forbes 2010 Top 20 Richest Hip-Hop Artists

Forbes has released it’s 2010 top 20 highest earning hip-hop artists, with Jay-Z topping the list for the second year in a row. Check out who else made the list.


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(Click here to see the 2011 Richest Hip-Hop Artists list.)

1. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter $63 million
2. Sean “Diddy” Combs $30 million
3. Alluane “Akon” Thaim $21 million
4. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter $20 million
5. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young $17 million
6. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges $16 million
7. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus $15 million
8. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley $14 million
9. Pharrell Williams $13 million
10. Kanye West $12 million
11. Aubrey “Drake” Graham $10 million
12. Clifford “T.I.” Harris $9 million (tie)
12. Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean $9 million (tie)
14. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers $8 million (tie)
14. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson $8 million (tie)
14. Jay “Young Jeezy” Jenkins $8 million (tie)
17. Lonnie “Common” Lynn Jr. $7 million
18. DeAndre “Soulja Boy” Way $6 million (tie)
18. Faheem “T-Pain” Najm $6 million
20. Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith $5 million (tie)
20. Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis $5 million (tie)
20. William “Rick Ross” Roberts $5 million (tie)

Forbes recently came out with the list of Hip-Hop’s Top 5 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists, which totals net worth, not just current earnings. For those of you that are wondering where Birdman is, check out this list:

To read more about Forbes’ Hip-Hop Top 20 Earners list visit

*Earnings estimates, which include income from record sales, digital downloads, touring, films, TV shows, endorsements, books and other entertainment ventures, are calculated between June 2009 and June 2010.

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  1. L-ezzy says:

    Wait a minute, hold up. forbes made a wrong list guys, wayne suppose 2 b number 2. And i get it y they didnt rank my main man birdman, lol…it is because he is rankless, he gets money 2 infinity. U dig me.

  2. bitchshutup says:

    just because jay-z earn the does not mean he is the most talent artist

  3. abiye says:

    50 cent is the richest hip hop artist.,that the world knows that is all

  4. Bernardo says:

    FUUUUUk Jay-z is on top of the game porra

  5. Joshua says:

    so birdman aint der woaaattt!!!!!!….upon all his show offs!./….

  6. femmie says:

    I luv JAY-Z

  7. BitchI'MA kill u says:

    Man don’t miss de point, Birdman is stil super rich, but dis is just about earnings 4 dis particular year, its not wat they worth.

  8. prime says:

    Isn’t Mariah Carey a hiphop artist? She’s like worth more than the this list’s top10 combined. But anyway I’m not starting any beef or arguement. I just thought MC is also hiphop artist and should have been here. I guess they recocnize her more as Pop and R&B artist.

  9. Blazin vicky says:

    birdman is upcomin , as in they are cash money killers !

  10. Blazin vicky says:

    Birdman is upcomin artist , as in they are cash money killerz !!

  11. Blazin vicky says:

    birdman is upcomin , as in they are cash money killers !!

  12. LARDO says:

    And what happened to Birdman? This got to be a very old list before birdman joined the industry….lol

  13. Trolling says:

    The net worth list still puts birdman at #4 with 100 million jay at #2 with 450. His net worth is still more. Stop “riding” cash money. And Ha! at jay not having talent. i guess no one ever heard of “reasonable doubt” I was a wayne before he sucked.

  14. mr nash says:

    What abt Nasty Nas, I dig birdman but he aint that rich I mean we startin to know the dude recently, and big ups to Dre He deserves that spot

  15. John akol says:

    Shouldn’t weezy be on top pple.

  16. Babylon says:

    i thought Rick Ross is da richest singer.

  17. Kwame says:

    Its fake,what the erf is dogg doing up there..will smith shld be there.big ups to ma man_common

  18. Daman says:

    This is misleading, this is just 2010 income, not net worth. This years Forbes Top 5 has Diddy at $550 million and Jay at $460 million, net worth speaking.

  19. buma says:

    birdman spends a $100.000 day in day out.and jay-z is a married man who only saves.that makes the difference

  20. Lil g says:

    Birdman. Wer u at bra

  21. LIL MIZ says:

    Why always jay is on top

  22. tony price says:

    Jay-z is allways on top because he not just a rapper he’s a business man… so when y’all talk bout cashmoney understand they deepier and still got a long way to go… dam it take that many for one man

  23. Zintle says:

    Lol tout rick ross ws on top..lmao shame on him,,,thats y he wont stop dissin 50 haha hes jst a pussy,,

  24. jim says:

    jayz znt da richest

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