Forbes “Cash Kings” Top 20 Earners in Hip-Hop 2012

Forbes is back again with its list of the 20 top earners in Hip-Hop for 2012. The list appropriately named, “Cash Kings,” does not leave us with many surprises. The kings of Hip-Hop are still on top and in control with the only real rookie raking in the dough, being the young Pittsburgh native Mac Miller. The top earner, Dr. Dre, who brought in $110 million did not make the cake through music though. $100 million of that comes from the Beats By Dre headphone empire that he has created! And the number two spot—taken by P Diddy—made the majority of his dough through his Ciroc Vodka.

View Full List Below:
1. Dr. Dre: $110 million
2. Diddy: $45 million
3. Jay-Z: $38 million
4. Kanye West: $35 million
5. Lil Wayne: $27 million
6 Drake: $20.5 million
7. Birdman: $20 million
8. Nicki Mianj: $15.5 million
9. Eminem: $15 million
10. Ludacris: $12 million
11. Pitbull: $9.5 million
12. Rick Ross: $9 million (tie)
13. Wiz Khalifa: $9 million (tie)
14. Snoop Dogg: $8 million
15. 50 Cent: $7.5 million
16. Swizz Beatz: $7 million (tie)
17. Pharrell: $7 million (tie)
18. Young Jeezy: $7 million (tie)
19. Mac Miller: $6.5 million (tie)
20. Akon: $6 million

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