1. Diddy – $735 Million!
Sean John Combs is a man of many talents and many names. Known to most as P. Diddy, he also goes by Puff Daddy and Diddy. He was born in Harlem in November of 1969. His father was murdered when Sean was only two years old and his mother worked three jobs to give both her children a good life. Sean has a son with high school girlfriend, Misa Hylton-Brim and one son and twin daughters with longtime time girlfriend Kim Porter, as well as a daughter with Sarah Chapman.
P. Diddy is a man of many accomplishments, including music producer, rapper and fashion maven. His mother made sure he had a great education, that started with Montessori and ended with Howard University. He then moved on to an internship with Uptown records. His annual earnings from his many ventures have ranged from 15-40 million dollars throughout most of this decade.
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2. Dr. Dre – $700 Million
Andrew Romelle Young was born on February 18, 1965 in Compton, California. Young’s father was a member of a R&B singing group, The Romells. The parents divorced in 1972. His mother remarried and had three children. She would marry again after Young started junior high. One of the children from the third union would be Warren Griffin III. Not necessarily an “A” student, Young focused less on school and more on a social life.
In the mid-1980s, Young met aspiring rapper Antoine Carraby. A fascination with hip-hop inspired Young to become a DJ. He took the stage name Dr. J, after basketball legend Julius Erving, before deciding he liked Dr. Dre better. As a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, he became part of the electro-hop scene. He soon teamed with Carraby, who by now went by DJ Yella. They became a duo, working in radio.
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3. Jay Z – $550 Million
Rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z was born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1969. He grew up in Marcy Houses housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. He is married to Beyonce Knowles, and they have one daughter, Blue Ivy. They live in a penthouse apartment in Manhattan.
Jay Z became known for his hip-hop music, and has released 12 albums that have sold 50 million copies worldwide. He has won 17 Grammy Awards and was number one on MTV’s list of Greatest MC’s of all time. However, most of his wealth comes from his business dealings. He is a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella records and the Rocawear clothing line. He founded Roc Nation in a $150 million deal with Live Nation, and sold Rocawear for $204 million. He owned a stake in the Brooklyn Nets NBA team, which he recently sold in order to sign NBA players with his new sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, founded in April 2013. Since its founding, Roc Nation Sports has already signed top level talent like baseball player Robinson Cano, basketball player Kevin Durant, and WNBA player Skylar Diggins.
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4. 50 Cent – $155 Million
50 Cent is an American rapper and actor whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III. He was born on July 6, 1975 in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York. 50 Cent has one child, Marquise Jackson, who was born on October 13, 1997. Marquise’s mother is Shaniqua Tompkins, who was 50 Cent’s girlfriend at that time. 50 Cent credits his son for inspiring his career and providing motivation to pursue life in a different direction.
50 Cent began his rap career in 1999 after signing with Columbia Records. In 2002, he caught the ear of rap star Eminem, who flew 50 Cent from New York to Los Angeles to meet Dr. Dre. 50 Cent signed a $1 million record deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment (a subsidiary of Interscope Records), and his commercial debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” was released in February of 2003. The album was a smash success and sold over 872,000 copies in the first four days. 50 Cent was granted his own record label by Interscope in 2003 called G-Unit Records
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5. Birdman – $150 Million
Bryan “Baby” Williams, better known as “Birdman”, is the founder and current CEO of Cash Money Records. Born on February 15th, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Birdman started Cash Money Records with his brother Ronald “Slim” Williams in 1991. The record label is currently a subsidiary of Universal Music Group and hosts some of the world’s most popular hip hop acts such as Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, and Drake. Birdman has two children; Bryan Williams Jr., born on February 26, 1997 and Bria Williams born on March 4, 1998.
Birdman has reached multi-platinum successes as a producer, helping launch the careers for some of Hip Hop’s leading artists like Mystikal, Lil Wayne, Juvenile. His song, “#1 Stunna” was nominated for two grammies back in 2000 when he was with producer Mannie Fresh as a part of the rap duo, Big Tymers. Birdman continues to be one of the most influential hip hop producers and entrepreneurs in the industry. Since his breakup from the Big Tymers duo, Birdman has successfully managed to capitalize off the talent of his protege, Lil Wayne and subsequently help establish YMCMB, Young Money Cash Money Billionaires which features leading acts such as Nicki Minaj and Drake.