The hip-hop industry isn’t just about music; it’s a powerhouse of business acumen and diverse investments. Sheer popularity doesn’t neccessarily translate to enormous wealth, but those that understanding more than just the business, but business itself, have literally grown themselves money trees.

In recent years, The wealth of these rap moguls has reached staggering heights. Here’s a look at the top 10 richest rappers right now.

10. Snoop Dogg – US$160 million

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 13: Snoop Dogg performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Snoop Dogg has diversified his portfolio with appearances in films, a marijuana delivery service, and even a cooking show with Martha Stewart. His journey from a 1992 debut to a business mogul is truly remarkable.

9. Lil Wayne – US$170 million

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Starting at age 12, Lil Wayne‘s wealth stems not just from his music but also from ventures like his fashion label Trukfit, a cannabis brand, and his sports agency Young Money Sports.

8. Pharrell Williams – US$250 million

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Pharrell is a shining example of brand diversification. Apart from music, he’s delved into high fashion, collaborating with Louis Vuitton, Nike, and Chanel, and has also ventured into jewelry design.

7. Eminem – US$250 million

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USA – Music – Grammy Award winning American rapper Eminem performs in support of his album ‘Recovery’ on the ‘Home and Home’ tour at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Eminem‘s fame isn’t limited to his music; his business ventures like the Sirius XM channel Shade 45, a memoir, and even a restaurant add to his substantial wealth.

6. Drake – US$250 million

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Drake, the “Champagne Papi,” has expanded his horizons with deals like a US$19 million contract with Apple Music, his whiskey brand Virginia Black, and a music label, Ovo Sound.

5. Kanye West – US$400 million

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JUNE 3: Rapper Kanye West performs onstage during the Hot 97 Summer Jam presented by Boost Mobile at Giants Stadium June 3, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

His music career, coupled with his successful Yeezy clothing line and partnerships with Adidas, Balenciaga, and Gap, have amassed a significant fortune despite his tumultuous personal life.

4. Berner – US$410 million

Gilbert “Berner” Milam isn’t just a hip-hop artist; he’s the CEO of the billion-dollar cannabis company Cookies, a fortune boosted by California’s marijuana legalization.

3. Dr Dre – US$500 million

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The iconic producer and former N.W.A member struck gold with the sale of Beats Electronics and Beats Music to Apple, alongside his successful record company Aftermath Entertainment.

2. Diddy – US$850 million

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has a diverse portfolio, including his alcohol firm Diageo, fashion line Sean John, and media company Revolt TV, securing his position as a hip-hop mogul.

1. Jay Z – US$2.5 billion

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Topping the list, Jay-Z is not just a rap icon but a business titan. His empire spans Roc-A-Fella Records, Roc Nation, Rocawear, and significant investments in companies like Uber and Savage X Fenty, not to mention his impressive art collection.

Whilst some are just a bit lucky, most of shown that the key to longevity in the hip-hop world is not just musical talent, but also an eye for business and milking their profiles for all that it’s worth!