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Jay-Z Is Officially The First Hip-Hop Billionaire

Jay-Z is the first hip-hop artist to become a billionaire, according to the new cover story in Forbes.

Jay's net worth is officially in the 3-comma club, according to a new Forbes report that totaled all of his income from multiple business ventures and subtracted

"a healthy amount to account for a superstar lifestyle."

When it's all said and done, here's a breakdown of the value of the empire he's created:

  • $310 million for Armand de Brignac champagne

  • $220 mil in cash and investments, including a $70 million stake in Uber

  •  $100 mil for D'Usse cognac

  •  $100 mil for Tidal

  •  $75 mil for Roc Nation

  •  $75 mil for his music catalog

  •  $70 mil art collection

  •  $50 mil in real estate

Add it up ... and that's a cool billion. Needless to say, this doesn't include the net worth of his other half, Beyonce. The couple has been worth more than a billion combined for quite some time now.

Of course, Jay's claim as the first hip-hop billionaire could be contested by one Dr. Dre, who said he'd accomplished the feat way back in 2014 after his $3.2 billion deal with Apple.

Forbes said Dre jumped the gun though, and was only worth $800 million at the time.



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