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Forbes Magazine has compiled a list of the top five earners who happen to be hip-hop entrepreneurs that double as performers. The list was made in the same fashion that their top billionaire list was done.

It valued current holdings, past earnings, financial documents and they consulted with analysts, attorneys, managers and other industry insiders to bring you the five rappers that are making the most.

Check out the five wealthiest in Hip-Hop below.

Over a decade later, platinum albums, movie roles and a nine-figure cashout from his investment in Vitamin Water have placed Fifty in fifth place on the list.

At a tie with 50, is Bryan “Birdman” Williams or “Baby,” the co-founder of Cash Money Records. The label that began in the mid-90’s….Young Money is a subsidiary of Cash Money and before the checks go to Drake, Nicki Minaj and the rest of the roster, Baby gets his. Bryan is worth around 100 million dollars which seems pretty adult to most of us.

Dr. Dre, born Andre Young will always be a top earner since his proteges and signees are bound to have banner years once in a while. Detox is scheduled for release this spring which should increase this year’s bankroll but right now he sits at $125 million as number three on the list.

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter started out selling hand-to-hand on the corners near Marcy Projects in Brooklyn and now he’s chasing a billion dollars. As the second top earner, Jay is closer than he’s ever been to that billy after releasing his book, continuing his fashion, music and restaurant ventures and also being a minority owner in the New Jersey Nets. Being number two on this list puts him at a reported $450 million, which gives the silver medal somewhat of a silver lining……and ummm #1?????

Sean “Diddy” Combs has personified the word “mogul” jumping into every facet of entertainment possible during his career. At $475 million, Diddy’s clothing line, label, television productions and now his partnership in the vodka, Ciroc have put him at the top spot on the hip-hop dollar list. aka…. BALLIN!!!!!!