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Young Money Cash Money Billionaires at Mekka February 17

Did you know that Young Money Cash Money Billionaire boss Lil Wayne isn't actually a billionaire?

Well, homie, it's true. Despite squashing his $5.6-million beef with the IRS, slanging 1.92 million copies of Tha Carter IV in this totally shitty economy, ranking among Billboard's Top Artists for the past three years, scoring a multimillion-dollar book deal for his prison memoir, and needing to be constantly "wiped... down cuz [he's] filthy rich," Weezy still hasn't stuffed a billion bucks into his portable bank, i.e., the rolling suitcase that houses his infamous freezer bags full of motherfuckin' money bricks.

As a matter of fact, America's foremost biweekly chronicle of the wealthy, Forbes (AKA "The Capitalist Tool"), has estimated Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.'s net worth to be less than $100 million. So needless to say, the Young Money maniac isn't a realistic candidate for the international Black Billionaires Club, which counts only four individuals — Nigerian magnate Aliko Dangote ($13.8 billion), African Rainbow Minerals oligarch Patrice Motsepe ($3.3 billion), American TV empress Oprah Winfrey ($2.7 billion), and Globacom chairman Mike Adenuga ($2 billion) — among its certified membership.

He didn't even make the 2011 list of Hip-Hop's Five Wealthiest Artists. But does it matter? The YMCMB philosophy isn't really about being a billionaire. It's about thinking like a billionaire. In Weezy's words, "I'm lookin' in the mirror and I see a dollar sign."

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