According to XConnect:
FORBES NAMES THE TOP 20 MONEY MAKERS IN HIP HOP
We already celebs make a ton of money, but how much are they actually making and who’s taking home the most money when it comes down to hip hop’s biggest names? Thanks to Forbes, now we know. It’s probably no surprise that Jay-Z came out on top pulling down $37 million over the LAST YEAR. Diddy came in next with $35 million and Kanye followed him with $16 million. Just to be clear, this isn’t their net worth, just what they took in for one year, between May of last year and this past May. Rounding out the list of the top 20 money makers in hip hop are Lil Wayne and Birdman, Eminem, Snoop, Dr. Dre, Akon, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz Beats, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Pitbull, T-Pain, and B.o.B.
Forbes figured out their earnings by a mix of record sales, touring, downloads, films, merchandise sales, endorsements, and books.