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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' Hip-Hop Earners List

Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' Hip-Hop Earners List

Jay-Z, step aside; Dr. Dre is hip-hop's newest cash cow. The Doctor has topped Forbes' list of hip-hop's 20 biggest earners, released earlier today. The achievement comes just over a week since he was ranked No. 5 on the magazine's highest-paid celebrities list.

The legendary West Coast producer/MC pulled in a whopping $110 million this past year; a large portion of that thanks to his mega successful Beats by Dre headphone line, which sold 51% of its stake to HTC for $300 million last August.

Fellow high rankers, Diddy and Jay-Z, who sit at No. 2 and 3 respectively, also laughed their way to the bank this year with ventures outside of music. Diddy earned $45 million, thanks mostly to his shares in Ciroc vodka, while Hov's earnings totalled $38 million, helped by ownership stakes in various brands such as the Brooklyn Nets, Carol's Daughter and Duracell.

Kanye West ($35 million), Lil Wayne ($27 million) and Drake ($20.5 million) all earned placement on the list, too. You can view the full lineup, and their earnings, below.

Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2012:

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. Birdman - $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)

13. Wiz Khalifa - $9 million (tie)

14. Snoop Dogg - $8 million

15. 50 Cent - $7.5 million

16. Swizz Beatz - $7 million (tie)

17. Pharrell - $7 million (tie)

18. Young Jeezy - $7 million (tie)

19. Mac Miller - $6.5 million (tie)

20. Akon - $6 million

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