The Forbes Five: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists 2014

Forbes once again gives us a list of the wealthiest artists in Hip-Hop and it has quite a few familiar faces.

This year, the top-five list of wealthiest hip-hop artists known as the “Forbes Five” includes Diddy ($700 million), Dr. Dre ($550 million), Jay Z ($500 million – see more about Jay Z and Made in America in 2 cities here), Birdman ($160 million), and 50 Cent at number five ($140 million).

Back in 2007, Sean “Diddy” Combs teamed with Jay Z and 50 Cent to create a song titled “I Get Money: Forbes 1-2-3 Billion Dollar Remix.” Less than a decade later, it looks like this was quite a premonition as these rappers are closing in on ten-figure fortunes.

Forbes calculates each rapper’s wealth using the same standards they use for calculating the wealth of the world’s billionaires and each fortune is “estimated.” The methodology for determing estimated wealth includes examining “past earnings,” the value of “current holdings,” “financial documents,” and speak to “analysts, attorneys, managers, other industry players, and even some of the moguls themselves.” You can check out the article here.