Dr Dre named the richest man in hip-hop

Diddy and Jay-Z made up the Top Three highest earning rappers list

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)