Diddy Tops Forbes Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists List Thanks To Ciroc

If you’re shocked that Diddy is at the top of the heap of Forbes’ Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists list in 2013, you can blame it on the alcohol … Ciroc to be exact.
According to Forbes, Diddy has an estimated net worth of $580 million and the bulk of his revenue comes from his deal with premium vodka brand Ciroc. His sponsorship deal with the liquor brand entitles Mr. Take That to “eight-figure annual payouts and a nine-figure windfall if the brand is ever sold.”

Hot damn. Forget the music business, Diddy is raking it in with the moonshine business!

Coming in right behind Diddy is Mr. Beyonce, Jay-Z. The rapper has an estimated net worth of $475 million and the bulk of his wealth comes from various business ventures, such as the Brooklyn Nets, Roc Nation and Carol’s Daughter.

And Jay-Z’s personal brand has never been better, as he has scored sponsorships with Duracell, Budweiser and Bacardi. You can probably bet that he’ll rake it in big with his stadium tour with Justin Timberlake this summer too.

Dr. Dre, worth $350 million, comes in at number three thanks to his highly successful “Beats By Drea” line of headphones, and YMCMB CEO Birdman, worth $150 million, followed at number four.

Dr. Dre is still supposedly at work on his ‘Detox’ album, which looks like it’s about to be released in Neveruary, but who needs a solo career when you can make bank like Dre selling headphones?

Last but not least in the top 5 list of Forbes’ Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists is Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. His music career has been comatose for the past few years, but he’s apparently still hideously wealthy thanks to his payout from Vitamin Water. Forbes estimated his net worth as being $125 million.
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