Akon likes to learn from the best.
Akon has a few role models and they have two things in common: they’re over 50 and they’ve got lots of money.
I love [Donald] Trump and [Russell] Simmons, Akon reveals in the Summer 2009 issue of Rap-Up. But there’s one mogul that stands above the rest. My idol is Warren Buffett.
Akon admires the 78-year-old billionaire because he’s the richest man in the world. [Buffett lost the title to Bill Gates this year.] The two had the chance to meet and actually perform together at a show in Los Angeles with Buffett’s son Peter last October.
The Beautiful singer made sure not to leave the man holding the No. 1 spot off his list. Bill Gates too! With the Bill [& Melinda] Gates Foundation and all the incredible stuff they’ve done on the foundation side, I try to model my foundation, Konfidence, after that, he says. I always admire people like that, who actually make a lot of money and give the money back.
Pick up the new issue of Rap-Up to read the full story.
Akon has teamed up with Maranello for the launch of their V8 watch collection. Akon is a partner of Swiss watch manufacturer.
Fobres has released it’s Hip-Hop Cash Kings listÂ today and taking the lead is Hip-Hop Mogul 50 cent making an extravagant $150 million this year. 50 has ventured out into a variety of business his portfolio includes the G-Unit clothing line and record label, films, video games and a couple of platinum albums. 50 is also in the works with forming a partnership with South African billionaire Partice Motsepte.
Here’s the rest of the list.
1. Curtis â€œ50 Centâ€ Jackson: $150 million
2. Shawn â€œJay-Zâ€ Carter: $82 million
3. Sean â€œDiddyâ€ Combs: $35 million
4. Kanye West: $30 million
5. Timothy â€œTimbalandâ€ Mosley: $22 million
6. Pharrell Williams: $20 million
7. Kasseem â€œSwizz Beatzâ€ Dean: $17 million
8. Calvin â€œSnoop Doggâ€ Broadus: $16 million
9. AndrÃ© â€œDr. Dreâ€ Young: $15 million
10. Christopher â€œLudacrisâ€ Bridges: $14 million
11. Clifford â€œT.I.â€ Harris: $13 million
11. Dwayne â€œLil Wayneâ€ Carter: $13 million
12. Marshall â€œEminemâ€ Mathers: $12 million
12. Lonnie â€œCommonâ€ Lynn Jr.: $12 million
12. Aliaune â€œAkonâ€ Thiam: $12 million
13. Jermaine Dupri: $11 million
13. Jonathan â€œLil Jonâ€ Smith: $11 million
14. OutKast: $10 million
14. Hakeem â€œChamillionaireâ€ Seriki: $10 million
14. Jayceon â€œThe Gameâ€ Taylor: $10 million