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Henry Adaso

Jay-Z Tops Forbes' 2009 Richest Rappers List

By July 9, 2009

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Jay-Z has dethroned last year's Hip-Hop Cash King, 50 Cent, to snag the title for the 2nd time. According to Forbes, the Brooklyn hip-hop mogul raked in a whopping $35 million between June 2008 and June 2009.

Forbes' 2009 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list is remarkably identical to the 2008 lineup. Diddy comes it at #2 with $30 million. Kanye West checks in at #3 with $25 million. 50 Cent and Akon round up the Top 5 with $20 million apiece.

Check out the list in its entirety:
Forbes' 2009 Hip-Hop Cash Kings
  1. Jay-Z - 35 Million
  2. Diddy - 30 Million
  3. Kanye West - 25 Million
  4. 50 Cent - 20 Million
  5. Akon - 20 Million
  6. Lil Wayne - 18 Million
  7. Timbaland - 17 Million
  8. Pharrell - 16 Million
  9. T-Pain - 15 Million
  10. Eminem - 14 Million
  11. Dr.Dre - 13 Million
  12. Snoop Dogg - 11 Million
  13. Ludacris - 10 Million
  14. Common - 8 Million
  15. Will.I.Am - 8 Million
  16. T.I. - 8 Million
  17. Swizz Beatz - 8 Million
  18. Andre 3000 - 7 Million
  19. Big Boi- 7 Million
  20. Flo-Rida - 6 Million
  21. Rick Ross - 6 Million
  22. The Game - 6 Million
  23. Young Jeezy- 6 Million
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July 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm
(1) jajaja says:

ok, so this must be a halftime list, and we all know that 2009 isnt over…
50′s album has not droped yet

July 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm
(2) james says:

Neither has Jay’s… and Blueprint 3 is about to be sick.

July 10, 2009 at 4:23 pm
(3) E Z says:

Blueprint 3 is gonna b bananas I dnt think Curtis has enuff 2 make anotha classic album Jay gonna keep the top spot til ’10

July 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm
(4) Ikke says:

Blueprintł will go so much harder then BISD

July 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm
(5) Charles West says:

Brother, brother, brother please have about.com step their game up by adding a sharing link or something! If I didn’t have a shareaholic I couldn’t share this credit great use of information.

(I’ll forward your request to About. — Henry)

July 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm
(6) Seun says:

Court!!!Just watch out for my man WEZZY.His gonna be top soon…so just watch.as for 50 cent.There nothing for him no more.thumps up Jay..

July 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm
(7) Djay23 says:

Weezy probally on the #1 spot if u count dat illegal kula.ya dig

July 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm
(8) Djay23 says:

Mula I mean. Stoopid I pod touch always changin words

July 17, 2009 at 10:07 am
(9) DANISSIMO says:


July 19, 2009 at 5:16 am
(10) EDWIN KIBUCHI says:

From 150 million to 20 million I guess fiddy this time round is crying all da way 2 da abyss

July 19, 2009 at 10:52 pm
(11) Djay23 says:

R u dumb bih 50 is rich as hell and it’s only been 7 mths he gone make dat mula wit bisd. I give u da business so button up ur shirt straight. Dis verse need a burial but don’t cry 4me I ain’t no mutha freakin mario

July 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm
(12) ak says:

look out for my nigga tip

August 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm
(13) shadapaga says:

Jay-z owns companies i dont think his album drop will influence much more, he will probobly sell 8 million at best.

August 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm
(14) james says:

jigga wack

August 12, 2009 at 11:19 am
(15) tive says:

its clear 50is not constant thats not a true hustler his a 1hit wonder.

August 13, 2009 at 9:33 pm
(16) Peace!!! says:

We just gonna see what happens.50 cent right now has over 440 million dollars,so he’s doing good for someone who only been out for far less years then Jay,so get ur facts.

Anyways I wanna see who comes out on top.

August 21, 2009 at 6:24 am
(17) philips09 says:

hay man … my man LIL WAYNE is the first if u count that s***t very well …cos his ivestment is eaning much more and his album never stop ……..

August 24, 2009 at 10:46 am
(18) black says:

its ain’t over till its over!! watch out for fiddy

September 1, 2009 at 9:34 am
(19) omilagetbode says:

50cent will come back soon promise dat 2 everybody

September 3, 2009 at 2:01 am
(20) cure says:

si u all knw how jay z iz repppin brooklyn…

September 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm
(21) chamillionaire says:

no plies lol mr.plenty money

September 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm
(22) J money says:

Man if this was about selling records lil Wayne murks everybody on that list, he is the RAPPER EATTER let’s get serious!!! All those cats above him got most of there money threw endorsements ya dig now that’s somethen to think about!!!

September 20, 2009 at 2:39 am
(23) Rob says:

Wow, reading these comments is like a bad after school special. Number 1, Lil Wayne is garbage. All that “SIZZZZZZZURP” has gone to his dingy little head. Jay has pushed 26 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE…and that was BEFORE the blueprint 3. Lil wayne comparable? I think not. He’s whats hot right now, thats all he’ll ever be. His music doesnt make sense, and in 2 years nobody will remember him. DEATH TO AUTO TUNE. thank you.

September 21, 2009 at 8:29 pm
(24) lanita says:

what about gucci and oj juice

September 23, 2009 at 9:40 am
(25) buamest says:

i think bird man should be on the list

October 1, 2009 at 12:18 am
(26) OMONBMAN says:

I think J-ZAY what it. He is the biggest boy

October 3, 2009 at 6:03 pm
(27) JoeMups says:

Oh please, fiddy is doing well financially, Jizza is the the big boy no doubt BP3 is hot, watch out Em is tyt, and ‘s gettn’ even mo tyt..

October 10, 2009 at 1:28 am
(28) canucme says:

50 is gonna be good he made 20 mil doing free mix tapes … BISD is coming he will top the list…this is half time…lol

October 16, 2009 at 8:29 pm
(29) Casino says:

Glad to see sumbody’s makin oney cause I’m not. Good job though.

November 4, 2009 at 7:46 am
(30) ibz says:

yeah nowthat’s wat wat ey kol comption thez boyz r ambitious

November 11, 2009 at 7:24 am
(31) seun banks says:

in cash its Jay-Z but net worth its 50

November 12, 2009 at 11:48 am
(32) david says:

Jay Z is really worth the positon he is and I strongly believe he will retain the position for the time being

December 7, 2009 at 3:12 am
(33) madmax says:

if yall really think jeezy only gettin 6 mil a year u killin yaselves he do that in a week let alone a year

December 7, 2009 at 3:14 am
(34) madmax says:

n wat jeezy say to gucci he buy out his contract nigga with his tennis shoe money …jeezy said he still got 92 93 94 money ya lame ass niggas jus gettn 50 a show money….and he get a new whip every month thats like 500,000 a month jus on cars niggas get ya mind right

December 9, 2009 at 2:49 am
(35) soulz says:

i hussle hard i hussle music, i hussle had in any hussle had in any hussle dat u keep. dats ma man man jay bro. fathert of all husslerz. no body iz gonna move him.

December 9, 2009 at 8:39 am
(36) T.Mone says:

Y’all know jiggas d man…But i can’t seem to stop felin fitty,he might com up again though…U neva cn tell

December 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm
(37) sally says:

what 50cent do with all his money

December 14, 2009 at 11:16 am
(38) Kevinryhmes says:

My man 50 wit 150 last year almost doubled Jay and he ain’t done yet. Am sure he’s still counting something big, so U BETTER WATCH PEOPLE, 50 WOULD BE EXPLODING COME 2010.The money making machine is under repair.

December 19, 2009 at 7:45 pm
(39) D-loc says:

My boy J killin it ! 50′s good but not JayZ good ya dig !

December 21, 2009 at 1:45 am
(40) Manuela says:

Yeah! Jay-Z is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!! Surely, he’s a cash making machine. I’m wit ya D-loc 50Cent is good but Jay is even better. Rule this game Jay!

January 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm
(41) Troublemaker says:

Yea Jay Z is the ultimate hustler. come on they all follow the Blueprint. Stop sayin lil Wayne he ain’t gettin at the kinda money hova and fithy gettin at.

January 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(42) belloperro says:


1. Master P – $661 Million

2. 50 Cent – $480 Million

3. P.Diddy $380 Million

4. Jay-Z $360 Million

5. Russell Simmons, $325 Million

January 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm
(43) Jonathan says:

1. Master P – $661 Million

2. 50 Cent – $480 Million

3. P.Diddy $380 Million

4. Jay-Z $360 Million

5. Russell Simmons, $325 Million

January 31, 2010 at 2:11 am
(44) Gid says:


February 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm
(45) vicky says:

i thot master p was broke????????????? i’d give Diddy the money king,cos for over 12-14yrs he’s been top 3.every other comes and goes….

February 18, 2010 at 8:47 am
(46) fala says:

weezy is da boss

February 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(47) Dennol says:

Fifty is the best rapper.His magic sound can tell.

March 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(48) scott d robinson says:

50 is a snich and has no true loyalty to the street or rap game he was and is a walkin diss he turned on his crew and most of his closest friends from 150 mil to twenty mil the word says a fool and his money are soon departed once word get out that you dont have heart you done sorry fifty but you will never attain the wealth you once had live up to your name and your net worth they go 2-gether LOL!!!!!

March 8, 2010 at 5:13 am
(49) Prokabz says:

Jay z gotta an empire state of mind no one can defeat him big up jigger u rock dawg

March 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm
(50) Streetd says:

I thinking game he gonna make a lot of money with red album ft dr dre they back

March 15, 2010 at 6:52 am
(51) Base says:

why has 50 cent drop down so much? and why is he 4 and Akon 5 when all of them have the same money. Jay-Z is the grand but Wizy is the Boss? what about Birdman?

March 21, 2010 at 12:43 am
(52) dumbili quincy says:

like base said Jay-z is the grand weezy is not only the boss he is the king and no other is rapper not 2 talk of kanye that bastard he is too fool of himself any ways weezy is still coming to top the chart and am solidly behind him.peace out [weezy junior say so].

March 24, 2010 at 12:39 am
(53) Big Pon says:

there all niggas anyway talking about how much money they have. They all can smoke my plus sized rod. (call me big pappa)

March 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(54) Golden Child says:

Rappers really aren’t wealthy, they are rich. Rap money is new money. These guys could blow through their entire fortunes in a matter of months. Scott Storch blew through over 70 million dollars in less than six months. You could hit the lottery jackpot and be richer than a lot of these fools. All these coons and buffoons on TV singing negro spirituals, performing in modern minstrel shows and bouncing balls around wooden floors and astroturf aren’t the richest people in the country. Don’t believe the hype.

Wealth is different because wealth is old money that has been amassed over generations. I’ve met billionaires in real life and they are modest, low-key people who are not on TV. I met an old man who sold his family business for over 6 billion dollars when he was young. He told me his family had been in the country since 1790 making money. That type of old money doesn’t just disappear. That guy has always been rich and he never had to work a day in his life.

April 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm
(55) the great one says:

common is the G.O.A.T.

April 30, 2010 at 8:16 am
(56) Rocky Jigga says:

Well i believe and hope that great 50 gonna make big money again,because he has been on top before,and now nobody knows his plans,my friend 50 is not a fool so i wanna tell those who are using that word to stop,because he gonna be on top soon.Peace.

May 18, 2010 at 2:11 am
(57) Majin leader says:

Eminem would be the richest here if he didnt dissapear for 4 years.

he was richest in 2006.

May 26, 2010 at 3:21 am
(58) Brian says:

Eminem will get back to the number 1 spot he was out of he game for a while and is still on the top ten so he will be back on top

August 1, 2010 at 8:54 am
(59) Big Ru says:

Jay my kill them individually, but Dre’s camp is racking in all the cash. Dre, 50, Eminem, Snoop and The Game. Jay can’t touch Dre.

August 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(60) piratosabri says:

Damn, Jay-Z is so busy making doe that he cant work on his rhymes anymore.Wen did u really hear a good HOV album?
4 me that was bak in 2003 with “The Black Album” nearly 7 years.Being 1 of my fav rapper it’s sad 2 see the poor lyrical albums he’s been dropping lately.

September 11, 2010 at 5:45 am
(61) Edgar Mussabo Oliveira Fernando says:

Jay is nd will always b on top of da chart, he got enought left to spit out for the next couple of years, hate it or luv it…. HE BE “DA MAN”

September 11, 2010 at 6:36 am
(62) Edgar M. O. Fernando says:

Honestly speakin i dnt get y’all, Jay’s bn in the game 4 yrs, done it all, prvd he can be as hard as a Rock,as Mean and as Accurate as MJ(both M.Jackson may his soul rest in peace and M.Jordan), as Rich as any other rapper in the game can be, sold out Recrds, sld out Madison Square Garden, and got DA Hottest Chick in the game wearin his Chain…..

Cant deny him, y would u want 2 u need him….

WHAT MORE CAN HE SAY (am sorry)?

October 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm
(63) raymond4love5g@Yahoo(GH) says:

AKON ::::no body is talking about Akon whiles he is on the same possition with Fitty ,the are all having the same money on board but why is fitty before Akon …Akon you making Africa proud ,keep the fire burning ..you will soon be on the first spot with Block ,..keep the fire burning ..

March 21, 2011 at 12:13 am
(64) james says:

kanye west is not a rapper. hes a joke. and so is jayz going by all his new stuff.

April 4, 2011 at 12:27 am
(65) ELDOGG says:

Who says there is no money in rap. These guys got all of it. That’s the problem. Nothing for the solo artists.

May 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm
(66) black child says:

I get extremely annoyed when blak superstars are not given the credit they deserve. They are refered to as ‘coons’ on stage singing ‘negro rituals’….God forsake these arrogant muzungus “white snakes”….
Respect the hustle…yes it is a given; that wealth is not the same as being rich…and old money since ’1790′ is the thing to be. Old money is all based on exploitation and trickery….amassed in most cases through the explotation of the same ‘coons’…and their heritage; raping them of their civil and humane rights to progress as a people. Now whites seen blacks on the come up through ‘negro rituals’ sung on TV; and they wanna claim that…..this is insignificant. White America is deluded…..slowly but surely the reign of power and money will return to where it rightfully belongs (not a bunch aloef lazy wine drinkers/ riding on water boards)…. Wealth is not necesarily the real issue ( besides what really can you do with $6bn? …apart frm being from finance wars to feed repulsive and filthy desires to dominate other peoples land…and promote homosexual ‘low-key’ global business..an intrinsic part of this TRUE wealth being claimed…..as they say eat a d*ck….

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