After all, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter may be famous for being a rapper, but he also is part owner of the New Jersey Nets, started The 40/40 Club--a restaurant and lounge with locations across the globe--and owns Roc-A-Fella Records and clothing company Rocawear, among other ventures.

Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, is worth a whole lot more than two bits.

Big C, 33, is a former rapper based in Memphis, Tennessee and president of Game Time Athletics, which manages rappers, including Frasier Boy, who wrote the Oscar-winning song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp."

But that wasn't the case when Big C was in his 20s, working as a manager at Pizza Hut or even later when he was flipping houses, but barely staying afloat.

The public, however, wasn't lining up to buy his albums.

But when his own music didn't take him anywhere, Big C began working on a couple tours with hip hop and R artists, like Bow Wow and Mario.

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