Sean 'Diddy' Combs tops Forbes' list of wealthiest hip-hop artists

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“It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” Sean “Diddy” Combs proclaimed in 1997 on his debut album, back when he was known as Puff Daddy. He rapped about wanting to be a “shot-caller,” and, well, now he definitely has enough Benjamins to call the shots.

Today Forbes reported who the world’s five wealthiest hip-hop artists are, and Combs topped the list with an estimated net worth of $580 million. The rapper-actor-producer-entrepreneur also was number one on the list last year, when his net worth was a reported $550 million.

Forbes reports that a good chuck of his wealth comes from non-musical ventures, like his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka brand, which supplies the rapper with eight-figure annual payouts.

Read on to see who else rounds out the list:

1. Sean “Diddy” Combs — estimated net worth: $580 million
2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter — $475 million
3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young — $350 million
4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams — $150 million
5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson — $125 million

These artists fell in the same five spots on the list as last year. All of their net worths have increased, Dr. Dre by the most — by $90 million. Forbes credits his investment in Beats Electronics headphones for his increasing wealth. But perhaps that 2012 Tupac hologram stunt helped him out a bit too?

The list is just one of Forbes regular tallies of celebrity wealth. The business magazine recently announced the highest-grossing onscreen couples, 2012’s top grossing actors, 2012’s highest-earning female musicians, and the most overpaid actors.

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