“We talkin’ money, what you talkin’ ’bout.” Forbes breaks down this year’s Cash Kings list which is topped by none other than Dr. Dre Young. Check in after the break to see how the top 5 made the list. Crazy to think that Dre and Diddy topped the list and they haven’t even put a quality album out in forever.
Mr. Ambition himself takes a seat with Forbes’s Zach O’Malley to discuss what drives him in this rap game. Folarin opens up about his road to success and wanting to be heard, opposed to simply making money. Check out the interview after the break and hear about how Wale plans on capitalizing on his position, moving forward, and more.
As a featured person on the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, the 19-year-old rapper reveals the secrets behind his rapid rise, the inspiration for his music videos, and why he doesn’t want to sign with a major record label any time soon.
Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has had quite a career thus far. Since debuting in 1996 with hip-hop classic Reasonable Doubt, he has sold over 50 million records worldwide. He’s parlayed his musical success into lucrative businesses in the realms of fashion, cuisine and advertising (for more, check out my new Jay-Z book, which hits stores next week). Last year he earned $63 million, tops among hip-hop artists for the third time in four years.
But when it comes to net worth, Jay-Z is number two. The top spot goes to Sean “Diddy” Combs, who tops our accounting of rap’s richest 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. Jay-Z ranks a close second, with $450 million.