Dr Dre named the richest man in hip hop

Dr. Dre has been named as the richest hip hop artist in the world. The rapper, producer and founder of the popular Beats by Dre headphones and speaker line has topped Forbes' Cash Kings 2012: Hip Hop list, with pre-tax earnings of $110 million. Dre beat Diddy into second place, earning less than half of Dre's total in the past year and raking in just $45 million. Jay-Z came in third place, earning $38 million and his The Throne partner Kanye West wasn't far behind, with $35 million.

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Dr. Dre has been named as the richest hip hop artist in the world.

The rapper, producer and founder of the popular Beats by Dre headphones and speaker line has topped Forbes’ Cash Kings 2012: Hip Hop list, with pre-tax earnings of $110 million.

Dre beat Diddy into second place, earning less than half of Dre’s total in the past year and raking in just $45 million. Jay-Z came in third place, earning $38 million and his The Throne partner Kanye West wasn’t far behind, with $35 million.

The only woman in the list is Nicki Minaj, who was placed above Eminem at Number Eight, with earnings of $15.5 million. See below for the full Top 20.

The Forbes’ Cash Kings 2012: Hip Hop list is:

1. Dr. Dre — $110 million
2. Diddy — $45 million
3. Jay-Z — $38 million
4. Kanye West — $35 million
5. Lil Wayne — $27 million
6. Drake — $20.5 million
7. Bryan “Birdman” Williams — $20 million
8. Nicki Minaj — $15.5 million
9. Eminem — $15 million
10. Ludacris — $12 million
11. Pitbull — $9.5 million
12. Rick Ross — $9 million (tie)
12. Wiz Khalifa — $9 million (tie)
14. Snoop Lion — $8.5 million
15. 50 Cent — $7.5 million
16. Swizz Beatz — $7 million (tie)
16. Pharrell Williams — $7 million (tie)
16. Young Jeezy — $7 million (tie)
19. Mac Miller — $6.5 million
20. Akon — $6 million (tie)
20. Timbaland — $6 million (tie)
20. Tech N9ne — $6 million (tie)

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