Dr Dre named hip-hop's highest earner

2012-09-06 14:43
Los Angeles - Dr Dre has been named hip hop's highest earner.

The rap mogul may still not have released his long-awaited Detox album but he made an estimated $110m last year, largely thanks to his Beats by Dr Dre headphone collection, which saw him earn $100m when HTC bought a 51% stake in the company for $300m.

P Diddy was ranked second on the list with $45m, with a huge percentage of his income coming from his share of profits for Diageo's Ciroc vodka, while third-placed Jay-Z brought in more than half of his $38m through business deals including ownership stakes in cosmetics company Carol's Daughter, the Brooklyn Nets and a joint venture with Duracell.

Former Def Jam President Kevin Liles - who now manages a number of hip-hop artists - says it is typical for his acts to make a lot of their money from endorsements.

He said: "We've received a lot of income based around endorsements.

"A lot of brands are saying, 'Hey, there's a value proposition, instead of this freewheeling spending ... I have some guaranteed curators and travel agents that can help me reach the consumer in a better way.' "

Kanye West and Lil Wayne rounded out the top five on Forbes' annual list, earning $35m and $27m respectively.

Forbes looked at income from touring, record sales, publishing, films, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures from May 2011 to May 2012 to compile the list.

Forbes magazine's highest earning hip-hop stars top 10:

1. Dr Dre, $110m
2. P Diddy, $45m
3. Jay-Z, $38m
4. Kanye West, $35m
5. Lil Wayne, $27m
6. Drake, $20.5m
7. Birdman, $20m
8. Nicki Minaj, $15.5m
9. Eminem, $15m
10. Ludacris, $12m


  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-06 15:38

    Lucky he chose Music over Medicine

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-06 16:15

    wat bwt sa rappers m sure they survive on grants

  • sakkiem - 2012-09-06 16:17

    Wat hpnd to 50c

      pule.lepitla - 2012-09-06 21:27

      He's number 15 but trust me next year he'll be back with a bang due to SK energy drinks!

  • bongani.ndlovu.96 - 2012-09-06 21:31

    still Dre rules Hip Hop i'n not suprised coz he still perfect those beats.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-09-06 22:01

    Nicki is doing her thing.

  • Masixole Riovendo-rio Matshaya - 2012-09-14 12:00

    SA'can rappers don't get that much coverage and exposure as Americans, they don't know how to be musician, a rapper, they only know how to imitate it, ya have to leave like a rapper to get there, so what ya asking almost irrelevant compared to the Amens rappers, yet they are in hip-hop but there guys survives through other mean man, music just for cigarats and airtime , they are poor, they don't have platform, Amu, Verb, Tumi, should build it,

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