Akon Looks Up To World’s Richest Man



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.

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Career Moves: 50 Cent Tops Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

Fobres has released it’s Hip-Hop Cash Kings list  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 “50 Cent” Jackson: $150 million
2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter: $82 million
3. Sean “Diddy” Combs: $35 million
4. Kanye West: $30 million
5. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley: $22 million
6. Pharrell Williams: $20 million
7. Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean: $17 million
8. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus: $16 million
9. André “Dr. Dre” Young: $15 million
10. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges: $14 million
11. Clifford “T.I.” Harris: $13 million
11. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter: $13 million
12. Marshall “Eminem” Mathers: $12 million
12. Lonnie “Common” Lynn Jr.: $12 million
12. Aliaune “Akon” Thiam: $12 million
13. Jermaine Dupri: $11 million
13. Jonathan “Lil Jon” Smith: $11 million
14. OutKast: $10 million
14. Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki: $10 million
14. Jayceon “The Game” Taylor: $10 million