Forbes finance writer Zack O’Malley has started a new hip-hop rivalry. He recently named Jay-Z, Diddy, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, and Bryan “Birdman” Williams as the closest rappers to becoming the industry’s first hip-hop billionaire then posed the question, who will make it first?

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The five men are the richest rappers right now. Diddy is closest to claiming the title with an estimated worth of $500 million. Next up is Jay-Z, who’s worth $450 million, then Dr. Dre, worth $250 million, and Birdman who’s net worth comes in at about $110 million. Despite recent headline making deals Fiddy is in last place with a net worth of $100 million, which is astounding in it’s own right, but still makes him least likely to beat the rest.

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Birdman has already responded, claiming that Young Money Cash Money will claim the throne.

“We strong and growing every day as a brand and fast. Within the next few years we will be billionaires,” he said in an email to Greenburg.

Who do you think will be the hip-hop community’s first billionaire?


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