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    All About the Benjamins: Jay-Z, Diddy, Dr. Dre and Kanye West Are Hip-Hop's Biggest Earners

    Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Tony Barson/WireImage

    It's a rough economy, but the hip-hop industry is doing quite well—especially its leaders!

    According rankings recently released by Forbes, hip-hop's top 20 earners pulled in $415 million in total last year. Leading the pack? Dr. Dre, Diddy, Jay-Z and Kanye West.

    Dre brought in $110 million in pretax earnings, due in large part to his successful Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Diddy, famous for helming an empire, pulled in $45 million, mostly thanks to a share in profits from Ciroc vodka.

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    Jay-Z brought in $38 million, most of which came from his investments in cosmetics company Carol's Daughter, advertising firm Translation and the Brooklyn Nets.

    It was Kanye's Watch the Throne album and tour that helped him rake in $35 million last year.

    And while Drake, Cash Money cofounder Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Eminem and Ludacris also made the top 10, it wasn't a total boys' club. Nicki Minaj (No. 8) earned $15.5 million last year thanks to her album sales, touring and endorsements

    You go, girl! Hope everyone on this list celebrates with some fancy new bling.

    These faces look like how Diddy might react to this news

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