The world’s highest-paid celebrity may be boxer Floyd Mayweather, but handful of Hip Hop artists have also made their way onto Forbes‘ list of The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities.
The list, which was released earlier this week, takes into consideration pretax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018 for celebrities around the globe.
Among the Hip Hop artists bringing in the most bank are JAY-Z, who is ranked at #25 with $76.5 million and Sean “Diddy” Combs, who landed at #32 with $64 million. Beyoncé also hit the list at #35 with $60 million.
Compton MC Kendrick Lamar isn’t too far behind and slides in at #37 with $58 million.
Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Forbes’ senior editor of media & entertainment, spoke on the impact social media has had on celebrity earnings in the past year.
“Forbes has been publishing the Celebrity 100 for 20 years, but there’s never been a more lucrative time to be famous than now, with 11 superstars earning $100 million or more over the past year,” Greenburg said. “Entertainers have found all sorts of new ways to monetize their audiences, especially with the help of social media—one need look no further than The Rock and Kylie Jenner, both in our top five.”
Other notables on Forbes’ The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities list include:
The Weeknd — #39 — $57 million
Drake — #53 — $47 million
Will Smith — #71 — $42 million
Rihanna — #84 — $37.5 million
J. Cole — #93 — $35.5 million
Dr. Dre — #98 — $35 million
Nas — #98 — $35 million
Source: Hip Hop DX (Danielle Harling)
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