Jay-Z Tops Hip-hop Rich List

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August 10, 2011 | 11:20am EST

Jay-Z has seen off Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Kanye West to top a list to find hip-hop’s highest earner.
The rap superstar was ranked top of the chart, which was compiled by Forbes magazine, after earning $37 million in 2010.

Runner-up Combs earned $35 million last year, while Jay-Z’s The Throne collaborator West took third place with an annual sum of $16 million.

According to Forbes editors, Jay-Z’s staggering income was thanks to the success of his worldwide Blueprint 3 tour and other business ventures.

Hip-hop stars Lil Wayne, Birdman, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Akon and Ludacris also snagged spots on the top 10.