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Jay-Z and Cognac: How booze made him world's richest rapper

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Jay-Z's taste for a French brandy is one of the main reasons he's now the richest rapper for the first time.Once something lost in the back of your parents' booze cupboard, Cognac has seen its value rise.Over the last few years Jay-Z has heavily invested in the drink, which is often seen in hip-hop videos, and it's worked out well for him.Around the world people are drinking more of the stuff - with more than a 10% growth in a year.And brandy is not the only tipple Jay and Bey like the taste of.
They have investments in the Armand de Brignac Champagne, which has also seen rising global sales.The combination of hip-hop and the alcohol business is not a new thing.P. Diddy's investments in Diageo's Ciroc vodka have made him a fortune in the last five years.
Cognac bottles are often a feature of a Jay-Z after-party
Jay-Z released his latest album 4:44 in 2017.He saw his net worth jump from $810m to $900m (
Sean Combs has pushed his booze investments pretty blatantly in videos
Dre's extra-curricular investments are not in booze though.Headphones brand Beats has pushed up his bank account massively in the last three years.Eminem is in joint fourth with Canadian musician Drake - the only non-US rapper on the list.
Hip-hop's wealthiest: The top five
1. Jay-Z - $900m (?655m)
2. P. Diddy - $825m (?600m)
3. Dr. Dre - $770m (?560m)
=4. Eminem - $100m (?655m)
=4. Drake - $100m (?655m)
Lil' Wayne wearing Beats by Dre
Forbes produced the list by looking at past earnings and financial documents, valuing current holdings, and talking to analysts, lawyers, managers and other industry experts.Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here.
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