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Nicki Minaj is the only Woman on Forbes’ List of “Hip Hop Cash Kings 2015” | Diddy Tops List




Forbes just released its 2015 list of the world’s highest paid hip hop stars and once again Nicki Minaj is the only woman on the list.

She landed the number 9 spot with $21 million from touring and endorsements.

Topping the list this year was P.Diddy, who made an estimated $60 million between June 2014 and June 2015 according to Forbes’ calculations, from investments outside of music, such as his TV network Revolt and Ciroc vodka.

Jay Z was in second place with an estimated $56 million from business ventures in music, sports and lifestyle. Forbes states that his 22 shows with wife, Beyoncé, helped boost his earnings too.

According to Forbes “To formulate the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, we consider pretax income from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business ventures. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2014 to June 2015 and based on data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, the RIAA and from interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and a handful of the artists themselves.”

See the full list below.

  1. Diddy- $60 million
  2. Jay-Z – $56 million
  3. Drake – $39 million
  4. Dr. Dre – $33 million
  5. Pharrell Williams – $32 million
  6. Eminem – $31 million
  7. Kanye West – $22 million
  8. Wiz Khalifa – $21.5 million
  9. Nicki Minaj – $21 million
  10. Birdman – $18 million

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  1. Ibinabo

    September 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

    King Nicki!

  2. jasmine

    September 23, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Pharrell? Eminem? Wow!!! I’m surprised. See where Kanye is? Na wa o

    • charles

      September 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Under Kim K’s armpit, taking selfies while his mates are hustling hard to still remain relevant.

    • ATL's finest

      September 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Hahhaa @ Charles U’re BAD ??????

  3. foot fetishist

    September 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Erm…didn’t Dr. Dre just sell of his beats company to Apple ? or was that more than a year ago ?

    • Dr dre

      September 23, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Apple ripped him off, his lawyer tried to warn him, dre is clearly on driven by passion no time for money wahala

    • X

      September 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Dre is worth $700mill! And the sale to apple was a little more than a year ago

  4. nikky

    September 23, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Drake is number 3, Nicki Minaj is number 9 and Meek Mill is no where to be found.

  5. SLA

    September 23, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    that happened last year, Dr Dre topped the list then

  6. Gracee

    September 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Wow,congratulations to her and wizkhalifa? Wow.
    What is happening to lil wayne?

  7. Puzzles

    September 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Some Nigerian musicians and actors need to learn from P.Diddy.

  8. jess

    September 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Boss B–ch

  9. LePrince

    September 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Go Diddy!
    Jay Z stays in the top 3.
    Dr. Dre will top next year with movie, album and apple. To late to include this year.
    Go Nikki! Drake works hard.

  10. mabel

    September 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Making money from singing nonsense. God help us.

  11. zee

    September 23, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    And nicki made more money dan meek and birdman!!! Go girl???

  12. Aso Oke

    September 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    ” Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?”

    • Makioba

      September 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Heheheheheee ??? wicked you…..

  13. ATL's finest

    September 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    This list is messed up cuz something ain’t right.. No Lil’ Wizzy, ( only Minaj from young money) Diddy #1 huh??? Please someone remind me of what he’s done lately. Anyways my T.I is still d KING Of SOUTH & Hip-HOP

  14. Minajworld

    April 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Pharrel is not a rapper lol

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