Published Jul 13, 2009After his recent $5 million Def Jam contract buy-out it's hard to believe that Jay-Z still holds the top spot as richest hip-hop artist. Still, according to Forbes, Hova is still the richest in the game, earning a whopping $35 million a year, both from music and from his various other business projects, like his new Roc Nation label under Sony Music, on which he will release The Blueprint 3 on September 11.
Following Jay-Z on the list are the usual suspects like Sean "Diddy" Combs, who earns $30 million a year, Kanye West with $25 million and 50 Cent with $20 million.
To bolster extreme jealousy within us all, it was also recently announced that Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce Knowles is the top paid celebrity under the age of 30, according to Forbes, earning an insane $87 million annually.
Um, we think it's safe to say that B and Jay have earned the title of "power couple."
Here's Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings of 2009:
1. Jay-Z - $35 million
2. Sean 'Diddy' Combs - $30 million
3. Kanye West - $25 million
4. 50 Cent - $20 million
5. Akon - $20million
6. Lil Wayne - $18 million
7. Timbaland - $17 million
8. Pharrell Williams - $16 million
9. T-Pain - $15 million
10. Eminem - $14 million