Jay-Z Tops 2011 Forbes Hip-Hop List

Jay-Z returns to the top of the Forbes‘ Hip-Hop Cash King list ranking in an estimated $37 million over the past year. Rounding out the top three are Diddy ($35 million) and Kanye West ($16 million).

Hip-hop’s reigning Cash King continues to reap the benefits of a 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal, as well as stakes in the New Jersey Nets, the 40/40 Club chain, ad firm Translation and others. This year marked the first time he out-earned wife Beyonce since their marriage in 2008. For more on the business of hip-hop, check out Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office.

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  • http://youtube.com/eniyi04 Niyemortal

    Hard work and hustle really pays off. #salute

  • http://twitter.com/jayoconn jayoconn

    CURTISSSSSSSSS

  • http://PUSHA.COM PUSHA T

    50 cent diss record coming soon

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    Diddy and Birdman the dirtiest players in the game. But them dudes get it DONE. Shout out to B.O.B. keep up the good work homie.

  • Kareem

    And in other news, water is blue. And fire is hot.

  • yesken

    Shout out to Ross man!!!! he made the same money as 50……hahahaha man he must be pissed!!!!

    hard works pays off, good stuff ross….signed an excellent distribution deal, lets his artists do their thing….fuck all you haters!!!!!!!!!

    MMG!!!

  • luckyP

    motivation..this nigga is plankin on the forbes

  • mac DIESEL

    DRUG DEALER TO FORBES MAG!!!! ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • ciggaweed

    fuck this old camel ass lookin nigger…

  • http://Rapradar Aj

    Im waiting on the jay z dickriders to comment. I say this post will get about 200 comments at the least.

  • Haha

    @Kareem Um…water is clear. Not blue. LMAO.

  • Converse

    JayZ got baby money *Warren Buffet voice*

  • yesken

    @ciggaweed…… old camel ass looking nigger will piss on your whole family !!!! i aint never seen you say dmx was old or dre was old?? why the fuck do you hate on people who make more money than your entire family and friends and relatives ??? thats something i will never understand

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    @Kareem. Haha what type of water u be drinking? Your going to turn into a smurf pretty soon.

  • Black Shady

    Damn 50 even fell off on Forbes LOL all his talks about this deal and that deal and that other deal haha

    50 u still my nigga!

  • yesken

    FUCK IT!! IM JUST HAPPY TO SEE THAT THE MOST HATED ARE GETTING THE MOST MONEY!!!! ROSS NICKY DRAKE!!!

    FUCK ALL YOU HATERS!!!

  • Converse

    Im coming for hump camel *Diddy voice*

  • Converse

    My money longer than JayZ face belee dat play boi *Birdman voice*

  • Converse

    I respect JayZ nigga just 2 cocky and think his shit dont stank *clap 4 him*

  • http://Rapradar No name

    The richest people in the world are not documented on paper. This is true.

  • Converse

    @mac
    ^

    C.O TURN RAPPER ONLY IN AMERICA *Rick Ross voice*

  • Converse

    TV ACTOR TURN RAPPER ONLY IN AMERICA *Drake voice*

  • http://Www.rapradar.com Aj

    Fuck Gayz where is bizzy bone fine ass at!

  • yesken

    @ converse….. so in your opinion in order to qualify as a rapper you need to be from the hood and broke??
    how fuckin stupid is that? we are in 2011 my friend…hip hop has evolved since the 80′s

  • CapricornReligion

    @No name

    Co-Sign 100%….

    It’s all bout Information in this New Era

  • James Allen

    An other reason for haterz to hate. Jay-Z told them on H.A.M.

    #TakeCare Bitches

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/staticspot static

    i can only imagine what eminem would be like if he whored himself out and sold his soul.

  • still best rite now!!

    wow…Wiz Khalifa made 11 milli last year??? and niggas claim Curren$y eatin independent? haha

  • watchthethrone

    lol yall hating on curtis but yall bloggers didnt even see 20,000 this year smh

  • Musiq Stylz

    Hip hop has become more concerned about an artists finances…no wonder these Forbes’ list are done every 6 months with the same artists listed with a sprinkle or two with some new “hot for the moment” artists added. The so-called hip hop fans don’t even care about the quality of music…as long as they are able to brag about
    their favorite artist’ cash flow.

  • Neo

    why are some guys here talking about drake???

    ok if you wanna talk about drake…

    yo drake i got ONE word for ya: HITLER!!!

    i hope you just screamed your jewish ass off

  • dumb dumb

    I can’t believe people still buy into these forbes list.

  • Gadfly

    Jay-Z-37 Million.
    Kanye-16 million.

    Drake + Birdshit + Wayne= 41 Million

    Watch the Throne.

  • http://Rapradar Aj

    Haaaaaaa. Chicago clownin jay and kanye. Im listenin to the radio and woman said how wtt was expected to sale 400k the first week. Then she asked the dj or somebody what he thought about it. This nigga said, not from me, they talkin about who smokin cigars with Castro and stuff. Then they both said No sirrrrr not me in *Rick Ross voice *. And whoever used my name to say that bizzy bone thing is gay.

  • yesken

    @gadfly drake birdman and wayne still ade 41 mill more than your hating ass!!!!

  • GOD

    i want to see this white imperialistic racist crackers families how are they rich it’s must be some astronomical large numbers. this numbers ain’t shit to them. don’t let them fool you!

  • Elitist

    Niggas can’t understand WTT. Those putting in work in the universities and white collar jobs on the up and up understand and respect it because we have futures.

  • blackghost

    watch the throne suck balls officer ricky made the same as 50 and 50 did nothing this year ross all over the place with his music

  • Gadfly

    A. Learn to spell
    B. I work at a NYC IB. I’m on my way.

  • s i x

    EMINEM FACEBOOK FRIENDS: 45.064.553 (and counting)

    JAY-Z FACEBOOK FRIENDS: 9.676.189

    “MEN LIE, WOMEN LIE, NUMBERS DONT” right jay-z? LOL

  • Converse

    @yeskeen
    ^

    Umm? did I say that? can you read dumbie? Anyway signup 4 your membership http://Www.ConverseStans.com

  • Jake

    This is fake Marshall aka Eminem has more money then Gayz!! fuck this shit!

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  • http://Rapradar Aj

    @ Jake, get outta here you fuckin CRACKER. Dumb white boy.

  • Sean don

    @Gadfly Youre a idiot! If Jay didnt dab in other business he wouldnt be at the top.Music wise wise he would be #15 or lower hahaha

  • BAD BYTCH

    NIKKI MADE 6 MILLI.. HATERS MAD

  • Tru Talk

    These numbers all seem fucked up as hell….. 50 and Nicki had to have made way more then 6…. thats for damn sure

  • Really Tho?

    I knew this just from listening to Watch The Throne!

  • LW
  • http://rt-now.com rob

    swaggin on em

  • Jake

    @Aj Why you mad nigger i will hang you dirty no dad prick! Eminem killing you nigger at your own game hahahaha!

  • GOD

    eminem is overrated because he’s white even he myself it admitted in some of his songs.

  • s i x

    yo Aj we all know youre a little white girl

    stop hidin stop lyin

  • mac DIESEL

    @ Converse

    HA!!!! LEAVE RICKY AND HIS TITTIES ALONE!!!!

    ….LOL!!!! CATCH ME ON TWITTER @mac DIESEL76

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Loaded

    its all good but remember being the richest doesnt make you the nicest.

  • YMCMB

    Damn we running the rap game! Wayne,Birdman,Drake and Nick! DAMN catch up weak sucker! CIV and Take Care same year?!! DAMN! We the business 100 million!

  • Craig

    50 Cent and Rick Ross tied at 6 million

  • http://www.basedbible.com Errol Games

    Was Soulja Boy on the list?

  • Aj

    Where my penis?

  • Aj

    Where the gay mens at?

  • Logan

    This is based of contracts.
    All these artists made money off concerts.

  • Aj

    Eminem is the goat i will suck his toes if ask. Im gay and a stupid nigger.

  • Weezy f f baby and the f f is for fucking faggot!

    WHERE IS NY NIGGA GAME?
    LMAO

  • Weezy f f baby and the f f is for fucking faggot!

    YMCMB: DAMN YOU GUYS REALLY HAS SOME MONEY. YOU GUYS CAN USE IT ON WHATEVER YOU WANT, BUT HERE IS MY ADVISE.
    MAYBE START WITH PAYING ALL THOSE PRODUCERS WHO STILL HASN’T GOT MONEY FOR BEATS LITTLE WAYNE USED?

    THAT FAGGOT NIGGA SAYS PRODUCERS DON’T SEND HIM GOOD BEAT. LMAO!
    NIGGA THEY DON’T SEND CUZ YOU DON’T PAY THEM!

  • Weezy F F Baby, And The F F Is For Fucking Faggot!!

    AND WHERE IS LIL B AT?

  • http://Www.rapradar.com YMCMB

    ^

    Your name only make him more famous! Good publicity and bad! Why pay when you can get it for free batty boi ha! We the business 100 million dollar$$$

  • mike

    This forbes list is the reason why I do Free Download…They doing just fine..Then they gonna charge a grip for concert tickets…Recession is Real.

  • So Icy Boi

    fuck i’m fresh outta jail and my nigga gooch still on T O P wearing a camel mask yea that’s wassup!!! BURRR

  • http://Rapradar Aj

    @ Jake, eminem is a white trash punk you fuckin CRACKER. He is not killin shit. When get a flow better than Cassidy let me know. Fuck cracker. Ewww, we got birdshit on the line. Bitch. I’ll lynch yo pale skin ass. And that other nigga can eat a dick you pussy. Most White people are so fuckin stupid.

  • blaqscorpio

    lol, HOV!

  • god forgive i dont

    this is from may 2010 – may 2011

    DUMB ASS NIGGAS
    …. niggas on here talking like they made a million smh

  • god forgive i dont

    Jay-Z $37 mil
    Diddy $35 mil
    Kanye $16 mil
    Lil Wayne $15 mil
    Birdman $15mil
    Eminem $14 mil
    Snoop $14 mil
    Dr. Dre $14 mil
    AKon $13 mil
    Ludacris $12 mil
    Wiz Khalifa $11 mil
    Drake $11 mil
    Pharrell $10 mil
    Timbaland $7 mil
    Swizz Beats $6.5 mil
    Nicki Minaj $6.5 mil
    Rick Ross $6 mil
    50 Cent $6 mil
    Pitbull $6 mil
    T Pain $5 mil
    BOB $5 mil

  • http://Rapradar Aj

    @Jake is a stupid cracker just like the rest of his people. Every female in yo family is good for gettin fucked because thats all white girls are good for. Being sluts. Dont come on here with bullshit boy. Tell your sister Becky I said whats good with that pussy. And tell yo birdshit mammy Susie I said how is that head game. :)

  • Soulja Boy

    Cash Kings: Methodology
    The Hip-Hop Cash Kings charts pretax earnings for all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap. The estimates include income from record sales, touring, digital downloads, films, merchandise sales, endorsements, books and other entertainment ventures; management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated for the period from May 2010 to May 2011 and based on data from Pollstar, Nielsen SoundScan, the Recording Industry Association of America, and individual record labels, as well as interviews with numerous lawyers, media buyers, managers and many of the artists themselves.For more on the business of hip-hop, check out Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office.

    :) Just educated guesses…. :( they didn’t count the dirty money

  • Warren Buffett

    Baby Money

  • Bill Gates

    fuck steve jobs… he isn’t on my level yo

  • Steve Jobs

    fuck you faggot! that’s why my products are shitting on that crappy bullshit you have

  • Jay-Z

    Niggas watching the throne, very happy to be
    Power to the people, when you see me, see you

    It’s a celebration of black excellence
    Black tie, black Maybachs
    Black excellence, opulence, decadence
    Tuxes next to the president, I’m present

    FUCK WARREN BUFFETT
    FUCK BILL GATES
    FUCK STEVE JOBS
    :) HEY OPRAH

  • Hip-Hop Fiend

    Yea Jay-Z rich and all that but the nigga ain’t wealthy he still has to get distubution fron Sony if he was a real buisness man he would of at least by now cut the middle man out and got his own distubution like Russell simmons did with Def Jam when he owned it. When getting paper like Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Mark Zuckerburg then we can talk. He not even in their inner circle they wouldn’t even invite his ass to brunch with that chump change. Let’s see him own his own pro team not just a piece of the it. Michael Jordan laughing at his money..

  • Jay-Z

    niggas hating on me

  • Jay-Z

    really nigga?

  • Jay-Z

    why niggas hatin on me

  • Soulja Boy

    $55 Million Swag

  • Whowantwhat

    It’s a fact that the Forbes list is not 100% accurate. Typical idiots believe everything they read!

  • ColoradoKnight

    Love it!

  • Where’s you millions?

    success breeds envy

  • Crabs

    black on black hate

  • Jayceon Red

    the forbes magazine is run by zionists! zionists support killing children, spreading lies, stealing money and lands! Better watch out who you trust!

  • HOUSE NIGGA #1

    OMG OMG OMG OMG

    I HATE SEEING PEOPLE WITH MY SKIN COLOR BE SUCCESSFUL

    FUCK THEM

  • House Nigga #2

    fuck jay-z he broke
    bill gates is rich

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  • Don Imus

    All black rappers talk about they got money and how they in the hood? smh… thats the dumist shit I ever heard if you got money WHY U IN THE HOOD? Yall don’t even have 40 acers and a mule!

  • http://Rapradar Don Imus

    I sound dumb.

  • http://twitter.com/jayoconn jayoconn

    didnt 50 get $200 mil for some movie project?

  • Lupe

    First picture was a line up now I’m on the forbes

  • Empire

    @Hip Hop Fiend

    Actually, Jay Z and Michael Jordan are both worth around 500 million. But between Jay and Beyonce, there’s over a billion in that household, while Jordan is still at half. So no, Jordan is not laughing at all.

  • King Mathers

    Em gets paid for doing nothing while Gay-z still hustling. gay got his shit in 100 different things, em puts out a solo album and sells 6 mil in a down economy. em > gay-z

  • Negrito

    Wow comparing Facebook fan page #`s. Dudes find any reason 2 hate Jigga my nigga.

  • http://Rapradar Aj

    Hard in da Paint shits on every song on Watch the thong.

  • GOD

    Stop comparing this white trash to GOD HOV!

  • Hip-Hop Fiend

    @Empire what u mean household nigga this ain’t couples forbes and they don’t even live in the same house but fuck that Michael Jordan is well over 500 million he is a brand an will continue to grow. Every thing Jay-Z is part of is run through distributed and manufactered through bigger ventures, Roc Nation (Sony), New Jersey Net (mostley owned by some Russsian nigga), S. Carters (Reebok) etc… Michael Jordan is true owner Jordan was run through Nike now he owns it, he owned part of Charlotte Bobcats now he has full ownership. Beyonce even make more than Hov

  • The NIGGER

    @Negrito, jigga got much money but eminem more fans (in fact, his fan site is #1 on facebook) so whats more important?

  • Empire

    lmao fool, every source you check will tell you the exact same things that I did. See I, personally, don’t just talk out of my ass, I deal with facts. Check yours, bitch.

  • Empire

    Oh and by the way, the reason why I referenced Beyonce (and I would have thought it was obvious) is because a lifestyle is influenced by the family’s wealth, not an individual’s. Similar to the way your mommy’s money boosts your McDonalds lifetyle.

  • 12reps

    fuck a gay z

  • spoken word

    i see my homie ricky rozay charting annually now, i can see him making much more next year with the big moves hes making, i love it, hes an inspiration to me

  • James

    ^

    COP? FUCK GAYZ!

  • 215AllDay

    @ s i x – I actually just laughed out loud.

  • WestCoast

    Eminem doesn’t tour as much as many rappers and his outside business interests are limited, but music alone was enough to blast him back into the upper reaches of the list this year. His album Recovery sold 5.7 million copies worldwide and earned 10 Gramm nominations. Normally non-commercial,

  • biggar

    “Last year I made 100 million dollars flat” Lil Wayne. Huh? BBM confused face

  • http://livemusicgeek.wordpress.com livemusicgeek

    Love to see Black people making progress

  • KINGPIN OG

    What you eat don’t make me shit. “I was taught back on my block, that you don’t ride on nobody’s jock, for anything they do, fuck him and his crew. Unless, you were getting paid too.
    I ain’t saying this to diss each and every fan. Women you can ride, but man be a man. “

  • TheCool

    Ya’ll comparing Em and Jay are fools. They’re the biggest faces in the game, and while your broke asses are sitting on the internet talking shit about this white or black race shit, they’re making millions.

    Yeh, Em would’ve made more if he would have toured for Recovery/made other business deals. And Hov does get alot of that paper from other business deals.

    But those saying Jay wouldn’t make as much without his other connects, gotta check your facts. Jigga sells out arenas just like Shady, and BP3 sold 615k the first week.

    The point is, Jay, Em, and Ye are the 3 artists that are ALWAYS guaranteed to sell. Hate Em cuz he’s white, or hate Jigga cuz he’s richer then you’ll ever be, they’re both talented and been making moves for years.

  • Martin

    Yeah, that’s last year’s issue on the picture…

  • http://www.damnairfresh.com Damn Air Freshener

    Jay Z did that, you gotta respect the hustle.

  • cece

    lol he only out selled bey cuz she was breaking. 2011-2012 bey has an movie called “star is born”, new album, perfume, clothing line, parkwood ent, and etc.

  • KingPito3

    jay-z watz good,im from brooklyn,U dont know me but i really need to get in contact with you its really important,its about your music and me no gas..if you get into a ps3 system den add me as a friend ..thiz is my screen name bed-stuy718..i would give you a phone number but i dont want any other nigga to call me..thanks ..I OWE IT ALL TO THE CRIB

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  • John

    Fuck Gayz! Wayne>