The top 5 richest hip-hop artists in the world -- in one chart

Jay-z diddyAri Perilstein/GettyDiddy and Jay-Z in 2017.

Sean “Diddy” Combs remains the richest artist in the world of hip-hop, according to Forbes’ 2017 ranking of rap artists by their total fortune.

On the strength of his lucrative Cîroc Vodka partnership and other ventures, Diddy’s $US820 million approximate net worth leads Tidal mogul Jay-Z by $US10 million and Beats Electronics founder Dr. Dre by $US80 million.

As Forbes notes, Jay-Z’s fortune grew 30% since last year, following a $US200 million investment in Tidal from Sprint earlier this year. The streaming service, which Jay-Z purchased for $US56 million in 2015, is now valued at $US600 million.

In 2016’s ranking, Jay-Z was in third place with $US610 million, trailing Dr. Dre by $US100 million and Diddy by $US140 million.

Check out our chart of the top 5 richest hip-hop artists below:

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