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Although we’re not even halfway through 2012 Forbes have weighed in on raps wealthiest players with Diddy rounding out the list with a cool $550 million. Certainly not a figure to be laughed at. Following Puff is Jay-Z with an estimated $460 million, Dr Dre with $270, Birdman at $125 million and 50 Cent rounds it out clocking in at $100 million.

It has to be said that most if not all have made most of their money off businesses such as headphones, clothing and energy drinks rather than music explicitly bar Birdman whose wealth is based off his extensive and successful roster on Cash Money and subsidiary label Young Money. You can read at Forbes a more complete breakdown on how they made their fortunes here.