Jay-Z tops hip-hop rich list

Nicki Minaj is the only female artist in the Top 20

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Jay-Z has topped Forbes magazine’s Hip-Hop Cash Kings rich list for the fourth year in a row.

The co-creator of the new 'Watch The Throne' album earned a stonking $37 million (£22.7 million) last year, whilst his fellow Throne man Kayne West was in third place – behind Diddy – with earnings of $16 million (£9.8 million) over the past 12 months.

Just one woman made the Top 20 list of the highest earners in hip-hop, Nicki Minaj, who has pulled in $6.5 million (£3.9 million) in the past year.

Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2011 are:

1. Jay-Z: $37 million
2. Diddy: $35 million
3. Kanye West: $16 million
4. Lil Wayne: $15 million
4. Bryan "Birdman" Williams: $15 million
6. Eminem: $14 million
6. Snoop Dogg: $14 million
6. Dr. Dre: $14 million
9. Akon: $13 million
10. Ludacris: $12 million
11. Wiz Khalifa: $11 million
11. Drake: $11 million
13: Pharrell Williams: $10 million
14. Timbaland: $7 million
15. Swizz Beatz: $6.5 million
15. Nicki Minaj: $6.5 million
17. Rick Ross: $6 million
17. 50 Cent: $6 million
17. Pitbull: $6 million
20. T-Pain: $5 million
20. B.o.B: $5 million




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