Forbes has released its annual wealthiest hip-hop artists list and the entrants in the top five aren’t much different than last year, although there is a change at the top.
While Diddy came in first in 2017 ahead of Jay-Z, Hov now sits in first, upping his net worth from $810 million to $900 million thanks to the rising value of his Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Usse cognac. On top of that, the 4:44 rapper also has a nine-figure ownership stake in Roc Nation and Tidal.
Although Jay may be in the No. 1 spot, Diddy isn’t too far behind, increasing his net worth to $825 million. The hip-hop mogul’s net worth saw a slight increase of $5 million which may be due to tepid trends in the vodka and cable television world, but he is seeing growth in his ventures with DeLeon tequila and Diageo
Dr. Dre keeps his No. 3 spot but saw a big increase from $740 million to $770 million. The legendary producer could also leapfrog into first place next year when he receives a chunk of Apple stock that could be worth over $100 million.
As for the fourth and fifth spots, there’s a major drop for Eminem and Drake who come in tied with $100 million. Drizzy was actually fifth on the list last year, behind Birdman with $90 million.
If Jay-Z continues the kind of growth he saw from last year to this year, the Brooklyn artist could become hip-hop’s first billionaire.