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Jay-Z tops Forbes' 'Cash Kings' rich list with $37m

Jay-Z has been named by Forbes magazine as the world's wealthiest hip hop star. 

The '99 Problems' rapper was placed at No.1 in Forbes' "Top 20 Cash Kings" list after earning a staggering $37 million (£22m) over the past 12 months, between May 2010 and May 2011. 

Following closely behind was Diddy with $35 million (£21m) and in third place was Jay-Z's current collaborator Kanye West, who raked in $16 million (£10m) over the last year. 

Meanwhile, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Snoop Dogg were confirmed in joint sixth place after racking up personal fortunes of $14 million apiece. The full list, in order of rank, is as follows:

1. Jay-Z - $37 million (£22m)
2. Diddy - $35 million (£21m)
3. Kanye West - $16 million (£10m)
4. Lil Wayne - $15 million (£9.2m)
5. Birdman - $15 million
6. Dr. Dre - $14 million (£8.6m)
7. Snoop Dogg - $14 million
8. Eminem - $14 million
9. Akon - $13 million (£7.9m)
10. Ludacris - $12 million (£7.3m)
11. Wiz Khalifa - $11 million (£6.7m)
12. Drake - $11 million
13. Pharrell Williams - $10 million (£6.1m)
14. Timbaland - $7 million (£4.3m)
15. Swizz Beatz - $6.5 million (£3.9m)
16. Nicki Minaj - $6.5 million
17. Rick Ross - $6 million (£3.6m)
18. 50 Cent - $6 million
19. Pitbull - $6 million
20. T-Pain - $5 million (£3m)
21. B.o.B - $5 million

Check out Jay-Z and Kanye's new track, 'Niggas In Paris', from 'Watch The Throne' here:

 

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