Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter started out selling hand-to-hand on the corners near Marcy Projects in Brooklyn and now he’s chasing a billion dollars. As the second top earner, Jay is closer than he’s ever been to that billy after releasing his book, continuing his fashion, music and restaurant ventures and also being a minority owner in the New Jersey Nets.

Being number two on this list puts him at a reported $450 million, which gives the silver medal somewhat of a silver lining. So who’s number one?

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