P. Diddy Is Forbes' 2017 Richest Hip-Hop Star

The Bad Boy Records founder leads Forbes' list of biggest-earning hip-hop stars for two consecutive years.

AceShowbiz - %cP. Diddy% remains the biggest money maker in hip-hop industry. The rapper topped Forbes' list of highest-paid hip-hop artists in 2016 with an estimated $62 million and now he secures the top spot again with a whopping $130 million.

Diddy pocketed $70 million from selling a portion of his Sean Jean clothing company alone. His other income came from his lucrative deals with Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila and Aquahydrate water. He also launched Bad Boy Records reunion tour.

"I've always understood that if I give the customers my best and service them differently, whether music, clothing or vodka, I'll get a return on my hard work," explained the hip-hop mogul who got his first job at age 12 delivering newspapers.

%cDrake% rises a couple of spots from No. 4 to No. 2, forcing %cJay-Z% to give up his second position. The Canadian rhymer previously raked in $38.5 million but now manages to collect $94 million, thanks to his new music, world tour and massive deal with Apple and Sprint.

Jay-Z settles at No. 3 with $42 million, pushing %cDr. Dre% down to the fourth spot with $34.5 million. Rounding up the top 10 in a respective order are %cChance the Rapper%, %cKendrick Lamar%, %cWiz Khalifa%, %cPitbull%, %cDJ Khaled% and %cFuture%.

%cNicki Minaj% is the only female rapper making into the top 20. The femcee sits at No. 16 with an estimated $16 million. She hasn't released a new album since 2014's "The Pinkprint", but she has been featured in a number of songs and singles by other artists. She also signed a deal with modelling agency Wihelmina Models.

The rest of the top 20 are filled by the likes of %cKanye West%, %cBirdman%, %cJ. Cole%, %cSwizz Beatz%, %cSnoop Dogg%, %cLil Wayne%, %cMacklemore% & %cRyan Lewis%, %cRick Ross% and %cLil Yachty%.

  1. %cP. Diddy% - $130 million
  2. %cDrake% - $94 million
  3. %cJay-Z% - $42 million
  4. %cDr. Dre% - $34.5 million
  5. %cChance the Rapper% - $33 million
  6. %cKendrick Lamar% - $30 million
  7. %cWiz Khalifa% - $28 million
  8. %cPitbull% - $27 million
  9. %cDJ Khaled% - $24 million
  10. %cFuture% - $23 million
  11. %cKanye West% - $22 million
  12. %cBirdman% - $20 million
  13. %cJ. Cole% - $19 million
  14. %cSwizz Beatz% - $17 million
  15. %cSnoop Dogg% - $16.5 million
  16. %cNicki Minaj% - $16 million
  17. %cLil Wayne% - $15.5 million
  18. %cMacklemore% & %cRyan Lewis% - $11.5 million
  19. %cRick Ross% - $11.5 million (tie)
  20. %cLil Yachty% - $11 million

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