News: Beyonce & Jay-Z Earned $122 Mil, Become Highest-Earning Couple

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 10:15AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z have earned the right to be called the highest-earning couple in Hollywood after pulling in over $122 million.

According to reports, their income ranges from 2008 to 2009.

Music duo Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles earned $122 million between June 2008 and June 2009, landing them atop the publication's annual Top-Earning Couples list in Hollywood for the second year in a row. The couple married quietly in 2008 and are responsible for everything from music ("Single Ladies" and "Empire State of Mind") to clothing lines, worldwide tours, and product endorsements (like American Express and Budweiser). (Entertainment Weekly)

This also marks their second straight year of earning the top spot.

Last year, Beyonce out-earned Jay-Z - bringing in $87m (£53.6m) to his $35m (£21.6m) - helped by chart hits like Singles Ladies and starring in film Obsessed. The couple also topped last year's list with earnings of $162m (£99.8m). (BBC News)

Celebrities couples like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith also topped the chart.

In a distant second place, with a combined $69 million, was Harrison Ford and girlfriend Calista Flockhart, most of that coming courtesy of Ford's $65 million paycheck for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Partners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are third with a combined $55 million, thanks to "Wanted," starring Jolie, and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," starring Pitt. Rounding out the top five are married couples Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith ($48 million) and David and Victoria Beckham ($46 million). (Billboard)

Jay's marriage to Beyonce has been met with praise and ridicule in the hip-hop community.

"There's not another artist in New York City that generates more interest than 50 Cent," 50 said in an interview. "If we go international, Jay-Z is Beyonce's husband. He became more popular and relevant based on the work that Matthew [Knowles] made Beyonce do." (BET)

Check out Jay-Z speaking on Beyonce down below:

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