Rappers Kanye, Drake, Jay Z & Beyoncé make Forbes‘ 2019 list of ‘Highest Paid Celebrities’. Musicians seem to be having a field day in Forbes‘ new list of the highest paid celebrities in the world. The biggest names in the game seem to have gotten all that’s due them.
Also, Hip Hop artists dominate the list raking in millions in pretax earnings. As expected, big names in the game including Kanye West, Jay Z, Drake and Diddy (who barely even raps these days) make the list. A lot of these earnings are not entirely from music, some of these artists rake in cash from business ventures, endorsements, etc.
Topping the list of Hip Hop’s biggest payouts is Black American rapper, Kanye West. He appears 3rd on the list with earnings of $150 million, two spots behind arch enemy, Taylor Swift (1st with $185m) and a spot behind sister in-law Kylie (2nd $170m).
Kanye’s earnings come mostly from his partnership with Adidas which earned big time. Next year would definitely be bigger for Kanye whose Yeezy brandy (which he owns) is expected to top $1.5 bn in sales this year.
2nd on Hip Hop’s list is Billionaire, Jay Z who ties wife Beyoncé with earnings of $81 million and both appear at no. 20 on the list. Jay Z and Beyoncé‘s earnings come from their joint “On The Run II” tour.
Jay Z also earns from his stakes in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’USSÉ cognac. He has also invested in Uber, as well as owning Tidal and Roc Nation. Beyoncé also earns from her Netflix Special ‘Homecoming‘ and live album.
Drake appears 25th on the list with earnings of $75 million from his ‘Scorpion‘ album and the ‘Aubrey and the Three Migos‘ Tour.
Other artists who appear on the list are Rihanna (No. 36 / $62m), Bruno Mars (No. 54, $51.5m), Ariana Grande (No. 62 / $48m), Jennifer Lopez (No. 76 / $43m) and The Weeknd (No. 87, $40m).
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan and Celine Dion also appear on the list.