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Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Diddy & Drake are World’s Highest Paid Hip Hop Acts of 2014




They started from the bottom and now they are here!

Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Drake, and Diddy are the world’s highest paid hip hop acts of 2014, according to Forbes.

Dre has earned a whopping $620 million. Even though he hasn’t released an album in a while, he is the highest paid act due to Apple’s $3 billion purchase of his “Beats by Dre” product line.

Jigga and Diddy come in second with earnings of $60 million. With $33 million, Drizzy is the third highest earning Hip Hop act.

Nicki Minaj earned $14 million, making her the 11th highest paid Hip Hop act, and the only female rapper on the top 20 list.

See the full top 20 list below:

1. Dr. Dre – $620 million
2. Jay Z (tie) – $60 million
2. Diddy (tie) – $60 million
4. Drake – $33million
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $32 million
6. Kanye West: $30 million
7. Birdman: $24 million
8. Lil Wayne: $23 million
9. Pharrell Williams: $22 million
10. Eminem: $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj: $14 million
12. Wiz Khalifa: $13 million
13. Pitbull: $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg: $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar: $9 million
16. Ludacris: $8 million (tie)
16. Tech N9ne: $8 million (tie)
16. Swizz Beatz: $8 million (tie)
16. 50 Cent: $8 million (tie)
20. Rick Ross: $7 million (tie)
20. J. Cole: $7 million (tie)
20. DJ Khaled: $7 million (tie)
20. Lil Jon: $7 million (tie)
20. Mac Miller: $7 million (tie)

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  1. lumdy

    September 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

    am so happy fordr dre, he doent sing no more,yet makes millions of his proto type headsets. cool i think….

  2. Dede 1 day

    September 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Wow the gap between the first and second is massive. That said Aliko Dangote can buy all of them. Can’t believe none of them has $1billion. And yet they talk about money all the time. Ok but what do I know?

    • Anon

      September 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

      After paying all his bank loans right? LOL!

    • I_I

      September 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Just so you know, this is how much they made in 2014 . . .
      + They didn’t get rich through sabotaging a country’s economy.

    • Ijeoma

      September 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Earnings don’t equate total worth. This is how much they’ve made thus far this year.

  3. AAA Events & Design

    September 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Noted. Visit..

  4. Robin Hood

    September 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

    @Dede1 day,……. you are an example of the ill with Nigeria. You reduce everything to Naira and Kobo.
    The list was created for statistical purposes and to celebrate honest wealth creation in the hip hop/African American sphere and as the typical shallow minded Nigerian, you are busy calculating another man’s money like those jobless folks at news stands (Free Readers Association) calculating and converting earning of footballers in Europe from Pounds to Naira aimlessly.
    Why would you compare a billionaire whose source of wealth is mainly from a monopolistic business grip with hard working competing hip hop millionaires striving to be billionaires……….. Naija we have a long way to go to erase this money worship mentality…,. and yet we most times sell ourselves cheap and short

  5. lumdy

    September 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

    oshey, nice one dr dre of happy for used to be puff dre runs the game..

  6. bruno

    September 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

    The Husband to our QUEEN is No 2, I’m happy. #jaybeyblue.

  7. Gistyinka Blog

    September 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

    In Dr .Dre i trust..

  8. ada

    September 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    they didnt destroy in terms of naira and kobo. but what about the minds of the youths destroyed everyday by thier music. Mscheww.

  9. jess

    September 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    ada ada if u want your mind destroyed e no concern us……pretender.

  10. jo

    September 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Body painters or self mutilators, please note the top dogs have not defaced their bodies

  11. Idomagirl

    September 26, 2014 at 6:22 am

    See my baby Drake. 🙂

  12. AFKAO

    September 27, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Kai, no Naija artist for this list 🙂
    On a more serious note, see the difference between #1 and 2. You have to be creative and think outside the box to make things work. Folks, it’s not all that negative & controversial stuff that gets people true wealth.

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