Earning $130 million in the past 12 months, Combs edged out Beyoncé for the top spot on Forbes’ list of 2017’s highest-paid entertainers. Forbes credits his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka, and selling one-third of his Sean John clothing line, estimated at $70 million, for not just cracking the list, but taking the No. 1 slot.
Combs has topped Forbes’ annual ranking of the top five wealthiest hip-hop artists six years in a row.
And even with taking a break from touring to welcome her twins, Beyoncé jumped from No. 34 last year to No. 2 this year, thanks to her Formation World Tour, which grossed a quarter of a billion dollars, and the release of her visual album “Lemonade.”
Author J.K. Rowling ($95 million), Drake ($94 million), and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 million) round out the top five.