Diddy, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre top Forbes hip hop rich list

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Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs, released his last album in 2010

Diddy is the wealthiest rap star in the world, according to a list put together by US business magazine Forbes.

The rapper has a personal fortune estimated at $550 million (£345m) with stakes in a vodka company, several clothing lines and a record label.

Jay-Z comes second and is said to be worth $460m (£288m).

Former NWA rapper and Eminem producer Dr. Dre is third in the Forbes list with a personal fortune estimated at $260m (£163m).

Most of that money has been made through the company he set up with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine in 2008, Beats Electronics.

Mobile phone producer HTC bought a 51% stake in the firm for $300m (£188m) last August.

Making up the remaining two places in the top five are Birdman and 50 Cent worth $125m (£78m) and $110m (£69m) respectively.