Forbes upcoming issue has their annual Cash Kings of Hip Hop list, and to nobody’s surprise Mr. Carter came in at the top.  Raking in $37 million in 2011 alone, and the commercial success of WTT not even accounted for, that is serious income. Jay’s closest competitor is Diddy, who brought in $35 million last year. Rounding out the top 5 is Rocafella compatriot and tour companion Kanye West, and YMCMB figureheads Lil Wayne and Birdman.

The List can be found in it’s entirety here:

1. Jay-Z: $37 million
2. Diddy: $35 million
3. Kanye West: $16 million
4. Lil Wayne (tie): $15 million
4. Birdman (tie): $15 million
6. Eminem (tie): $14 million
6. Dr. Dre (tie): $14 million
6. Snoop Dogg (tie): $14 million
9. Akon: $13 million
10. Ludacris: $12 million
11. Wiz Khalifa (tie): $11 million
11. Drake (tie): $11 million
13. Pharrell Williams: $10 million
14. Timbaland: $7 million
15. Swizz Beatz (tie): $6.5 million
15. Nicki Minaj (tie): $6.5 million
17. Rick Ross (tie): $6 million
17. 50 Cent (tie): $6 million
17. Pitbull (tie): $6 million
20. T-Pain (tie): $5 million
20. B.o.B (tie): $5 million

(via Forbes)