Top 10 Richest Hip-hop Artists in the World
1. Name: Andre Romelle Young
A.K.A: Dr. Dre
Net Worth: US$790 million
Sideline Business: Co-founder of extremely valuable headphones company, Beats Electronics
Philanthropy: With business partner Jimmy Iovine, Young donated $70 million to establish The Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation at the University of Southern California.
2. Name: Sean John Combs
A.K.A: Puff Daddy, Diddy, Puffy
Net Worth: US$630 million
Sideline Business: Owns cable TV Network Revolt, owns lifestyle fashion brand Sean John, stakeholder in Ciroc Vodka
Philanthropy: He donated $250,000 to the Howard University's School of Business, he ran the New York City Marathon, raising $2 million for New York's public schools, children suffering from HIV and AIDS, and his own charity to promote social programs. Puff Daddy is on the board of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, a nonprofit organization for education advocacy and youth empowerment.
3. Name: Shawn Corey Carter
Net Worth: US$500 million
Age: 44 Sideline Business: Owns sports bar chain 40/40 Club, is an investor in Israeli wireless tech company Duracell Powermat and a stakeholder in fragrance firm Perfumania.
Philanthropy: Jay-Z is a prominent philanthropist and owns the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund which has awarded scholarships worth $1.1 million to 750 students. He also pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross' relief effort post Hurricane Katrina; $5,000 each to six schools in New York and New Jersey, $5,000 to The 100 Mile Man Foundation and supports many other community and educational charities.
4. Name: Curtis James Jackson III
A.K.A: 50 Cent
Net Worth: US$240 million
Sideline Business: Owns G-Unit Clothing, has released several PlayStation games and has appeared in films including the semi-autobiographical movie Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
Philanthropy: Is the founder of the G-Unity Foundation and supports Shriners Hospital for Children, the New York Restoration Project and Life BEAT.
5. Name: Bryan Williams
Net Worth: US$230 million
Sideline Business: Has signed a publishing venture, Cash Money Content, with Simon & Schuster to produce books, he claimed to have purchased an oil rig (though this was reportedly disproven) and has a clothing line called YMCMB (Young Money Cash Money Billionaires)
Philanthropy: Reportedly pledged to donate US$50,000 to Swizz Beatz' school charity last year after some pressure.
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