Forbes has released its list of the wealthiest hip-hop artists. See who made the top five and check back to get the rest of the list when it is published on May 5.
5. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson -- $140 million
50 Cent is a successful rapper, but actually owes most of his fortune to his $100 million haul from the sale of VitaminWater in 2007.
4. Bryan "Birdman" Williams -- $160 million
Birdman cofounded Cash Money Records two decades ago with his brother Ronald "Slim" Williams.
3. Shawn "Jay Z" Carter -- $520 million
Jay Z's $204 million Rocawear sale in 2007 and his $150 million pact with Live Nation in 2008 are the foundations of his fortune.
2. Andre "Dr. Dre" Young -- $550 million
The California-bred producer's fortune has been fueled by the runaway success of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, which he cofounded with record executive Jimmy Iovine in 2008.
1. Sean "Diddy" Combs -- $700 million
Diddy has made most of his fortune from non-musical ventures. His newly-launched Revolt TV provides him with a majority equity stake that could one day make him hip-hop’s first billionaire.
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