Forbes Releases Top 20 Hip-Hop Earners List Of 2012

Dr. Dre Forbes Releases Top 20 Hip Hop Earners List Of 2012

After making an appearance on Forbes’ top paid celebrities list, Dr. Dre comes in first on the top earners list in hip-hop as well. That comes from HTC purchasing 51% of his coveted Beats By Dre brand, of course. Jay-Z and Diddy also touch down in the top three, using their business savvy to pull them to the top of the list yet again. I’d also like to bring attention to Mac Miller, who pulled in a whopping $6.5 million. A rather incredible feat for an independent artist. Apparently Forbes thinks Pitbull is a hip-hop artist, too. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think. [via]

1. Dr. Dre: $110 million
2. Diddy: $45 million
3. Jay-Z: $38 million
4. Kanye West: $35 milliom
5. Lil Wayne: $27 million
6 Drake: $20.5 milliom
7. Birdman: $20 million
8. Nicki Mianj: $15.5 million
9. Eminem: $15 million
10. Ludacris: $12 million
11. Pitbull: $9.5 million
12. Rick Ross: $9 million (tie)
13. Wiz Khalifa: $9 million (tie)
14. Snoop Dogg: $8 million
15. 50 Cent: $7.5 million
16. Swizz Beatz: $7 million (tie)
17. Pharrell: $7 million (tie)
18. Young Jeezy: $7 million (tie)
19. Mac Miller: $6.5 million (tie)
20. Akon: $6 million