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(Sean “Diddy” Combs ranks #1 as hip-hop’s wealthiest artist according to Forbes)

Can you guess who made Forbes Wealthiest Hip-Hop artist list this year? If you said Jay-Z, you’re right but Jigga isn’t number one, P Diddy is. With a fortune of $475 million, fueled by his interests in Sean John clothing, Bad Boy Worldwide record label and, most significantly, his Diageo joint-venture vodka brand Ciroc, Diddy beats  Jay-Z. Find out how much Jay-Z is worth after the break.

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2. Sean Carter 

Worth: $450 million

Fast Facts: Beyonce’s husband sold Rocawear clothing label for $204 million in 2007 and signed a 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal in 2008. Holds stakes in New Jersey Nets, 40/40 Club chain, ad firm Translation, other businesses. Lyrical boasts appear accurate: “I’m like really half a billie . . . you got baby money.” 

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3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young

Worth: $125 million

Fast Facts: Superproducer/rapper helped launch careers of Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent. Expanded wealth with Aftermath record label, Beats headphones and HP laptop line. Likens himself to world’s first billionaire: “Young black Rockefeller … gettin’ money like a bank teller.”

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4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams

Worth: $100 million

Fast Facts: Cofounded Cash Money Records with brother Ronald and inked $30 million distribution deal with Universal in 1998. The affiliated Young Money lineup now includes rappers Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Birdman’s Lyrical boasts (“Richer than the richest!”) are simply not true.

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5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

Worth: $100 million

Fast Facts: Received nine figures for Vitaminwater stake in 2007 and spent freely on cars, renovations to a mansion formerly owned by Mike Tyson. 50’s cash, however, comes from catalog, acting gigs and 50 Cent-themed videogames, books, clothes and headphones. Future billionaire? Told Forbes in 2008: “It’s probably going to take me 10 years.” 

Source: Forbes.com

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