Forbes Releases "Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists of 2018" List

Jay-Z Takes Forbes' Top Spot After Diddy's Three-Year Reign

In 2017, Diddy beat out Jay-Z with his worth at $820 million.

According to Forbes, Jigga is close to $1 billion in overall wealth while Diddy's $825 million and music icon Dr. Dre's $770 million keep them right behind him. In fact, the top three earners were no surprise.

Since Forbes began ranking the richest hip-hop artists in 2011, the top spots have alternated between Sean "Diddy" Combs and Dr. Dre. Hova leapfrogging the Bad Boy founder can be credited to the growth of Armand de Brignac champagne and D'Ussé cognac, as well as his TIDAL music streaming service and Roc Nation. However, Forbes' recently released their "Hip Hop's Wealthiest Artists 2018" and Hov has finally topped the list. Somehow a year later Jay managed to go from a cool $810 million to his $900 million spot. Meanwhile, Diddy increased his fortune this year, just not enough to outstrip Jay. The magazine claims this had to do with "tepid trends" in the vodka and cable TV sectors, affecting his holdings in Ciroc and Revolt - however, his DeLeón tequila seems to be picking up steam.

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This is JAY-Z's first time topping the list.

Dr. Dre sits in third with $770 million Dollars to his name, with the publication noting that he'll receive Apple stock this summer worth over $100 million thanks to the tech giant buying out his Beats headphone line back in 2014.

Drake and Eminem rounded out the latest top five, tied with an estimated $100 million fortune each.

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