This article originally appeared on RapGlobal.com
Once upon a time, success was measured by your ability to hunt and start a fire. No hunting? No fire? No food, no warmth.
Nowadays, success is more commonly measure by the size of your rims and the girth of your golden chain. At least, success in the rap game is measured that way.
What’s the true measure of success? Is it just being happy, and doing what you love with your free time? Is it leaving a legacy of helping others? Does being rich necessarily mean having a lot of money, or does it mean you have great relationships, hobbies that you love, and a certain joie to vive? For the purpose of this article, we’re going to use net worth as our barometer for richess, so join us as we take a look at the…
Now, not all of these folks earned their money just through rap, but that’s okay – if they went on to own successful businesses or endorsements, or however else they earned their money – as long as they’re known as a rapper – they’re eligible for this list. Got beef? Let us know in the comments area at the end of this article.
5. 50 Cent with $250 Million.
4. Dr. Dre with $260 Million.
3. Master P with $350 Million.
2. Jay-Z with $475 Million.
1. P. Diddy with $500 Million.
Everyone on this list has been a rapper, but also parlayed the popularity and resources they achieved through their rap careers into successful business ventures, some related to music and some in completely different fields (Like Vitamin Water, for example.)
2015 Update: Dr. Dre has shot to the top of this list by selling his Beats by Dre headphone company to Apple. He's now a billionaire! Not bad for consumer headphones. You guys will care more about these studio headphones.
People have also been asking about PartyNextDoor's net worth. He's coming in around $850,000. Not even remotely on the chart. There's a lot of pop star's bragging about their cash, and while just under a million is nothing to sneeze at, these youngsters have a long climb to the top if they want to match the veterans in the game.