The Top-Earning Rappers Of The Past Decade

By on September 30, 2016 in ArticlesEntertainment

Where were you in 2007? What were you listening to? If it was hip-hop and rap, you're going to love this list. If it wasn't, well, you will be absolutely astounded at how much money these 10 artists have made over the past decade. From albums to touring to merchandise to lucrative endorsement deals, these hip-hop impresarios are bonafide cash kings.

The 10 highest-earning rappers of the past decade amassed a stunning combined $4.5 billion. That's an average of about $22.5 million per rapper, per year. Dr. Dre, the highest-earning rapper of the past year, thanks to the $3 billion sale of Beats to Apple, earned one fifth of the total cumulative earnings. Jay-Z is the second highest earner and when you combine his net worth with his wife Beyoncé's net worth, you get a more than billion net worth. Talk about a power couple!

Endorsement deals pay off big for rappers. Alcohol, soft drinks, sneakers, and clothing lines all bring in extra money for everyone from Diddy to Lil' Wayne. One rapper who doesn't rely on endorsements is Eminem. He is one of the few acts who still makes the bulk of his money from music via his extensive catalog of live shows.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

50 Cent makes the list, despite his 2015 bankruptcy. Fortunately he earned enough in the nine years prior to that to make the list of the top earners.

Let's take a look at the top 10 earning rappers of the past 10 years:

#10) Snoop Dogg

Earnings: $124 million

Net Worth: $135 million

#9) Eminem

Earnings: $151 million

Net Worth: $190 million

#8) Lil' Wayne

Earnings: $161 million

Net Worth: $150 million

#7) Drake

Earnings: $163 million

Net Worth: $85 million

#6) Pharrell Williams

Earnings: $165.5 million

Net Worth: $150 million

#5) Kanye West

Earnings: $224.5 million

Net Worth: $145 million

#4) 50 Cent

Earnings: $238.5

Net Worth: $15 million

#3) Diddy

Earnings: $435 million

Net Worth: $760 million

#2) Jay-Z

Earnings: $501.5 million

Net Worth: $700 million

#1) Dr. Dre

Earnings: $923 million

Net Worth: $830 million

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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