The Bad Boy Records boss banked $62 million (£46.5 million) in the year from June, 2015, thanks largely to his lucrative endorsement deal with Ciroc vodka, while he also boosted his earnings from his other non-musical projects, including his Revolt TV cable network.

He easily leads the 2016 pack, ahead of Jay Z in second place with $53.5 million (£40 million). Beyonce's husband raked in the bulk of his cash from his Roc Nation entertainment and management label, which encompasses both music and sports divisions, as well as his involvement in beverage brands D'Usse cognac and Armand de Brignac champagne.

Dr. Dre is at three with $41 million (£30.7 million), while Drake scores fourth place with $38.5 million (£28.9 million) and Wiz Khalifa rounds out the new top five with $24 million (£18 million).

Nicki Minaj is the only woman to feature on the rap countdown at six with $20.5 million (£15.4 million), beating the likes of Pitbull, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, who complete the top 10.

Other notable entries on the highest-paid rap survey include A$AP Rocky, Eminem, Rick Ross, and producers DJ Khaled and Swizz Beatz.

The top 20, polled by Forbes experts, collectively earned more than $450 million (£337 million) over the past year - the third highest total in the 10-year history of the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.