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After finishing third in both 2007 and 2008, Diddy has moved up to second place in the 2009 Forbes list of the top earners in hip-hop.

Diddy's $30 million dollars in estimated income was a $5 million dollar drop from 2008 (though still $2 million dollars higher than 2007), but the list as a whole saw a 40% reduction. This was thanks in large part due to 50 Cent's one time Vitamin Water buyout, which was part of the 2008 figure.

Diddy finishes behind only Jay-Z at $35 million and ahead of Kanye West, 50 Cent, Akon, Lil' Wayne, Timbaland, Pharrell, T-Pain and others.