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Sean "Diddy" Combs is the world's highest-paid celebrity, according to Forbes

William E. Ketchum III

 // Jun 14, 2017

REVOLT TV Chairman Sean "Diddy" Combs isn't only the wealthiest person in hip-hop - he's the highest-paid celebrity in the world.

Forbes released its 2017 list of the world's highest-paid celebrities, and Combs topped the list with a staggering $130 million in earnings over the past year. He hit the road for the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour (that will be chronicled in the upcoming documentary Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story, due on Apple Music on Sunday, June 25), he continued his partnership with Diageo's Ciroc vodka, and he sold one-third of his Sean John clothing company for an estimated $70 million.

Topping the list is a come-up, even for Diddy: despite being no. 1 on the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, HipHopDX reports he was listed at no. 23 on last year's list, with earnings of $62 million in 2016. Forbes also notes that he was on the cover of the magazine's debut Celebrity 100 issue nearly 20 years ago.

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Beyoncé was no. 2 on the list, earning $105 million from the likes of her Formation World Tour (which grossed a quarter of a billion dollars), her chart-topping album Lemonade, and her ownership stake in the Tidal streaming service, which increased value after a $200 million investment from Sprint. Drake was no. 4 with $94 million as a rap/pop music juggernaut, along with endorsements with Apple, Sprint and Nike.

The Weekend may be the most surprising acts on the list, landing at no. 6 with $92 million. He reportedly had 5.5 billion streams in the past two years, and made more than $1.1 million per stop on his Starboy: Legend of the Fall World Tour. LeBron James rounds out the top 10 with $86 million. The four-time MVP won an NBA title last year; earned $31 million from the Cavs; continued to eat from huge endorsements from Intel, Verizon, Nike, Coca-Cola, Beats By Dre and Kia Motor; and earn from his production company SpringHill Entertainment and his part in an investment group in Blaze Pizza.

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