News: Jay-Z & Beyonce Listed On "World's Most Powerful" Celebrities Top 100

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 11:05AM

Written by Biz Jones

Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce Knowles have both earned spots on Forbes' list of the World's Most Powerful Celebrities.

The married couple earned individual positions within Top 20 showing their earned income over the past year.

1. Oprah Winfrey, $315 million. TV Rank 1, Press Rank 5, Web Rank 5, Social Rank 11. 2. Beyonce Knowles, $87 million, TV Rank 9, Press Rank 13, Web Rank 2, Social Rank 15 ... 14. Kobe Bryant, $48 million, TV Rank 22, Press Rank 16, Web Rank 21, Social Rank 22. 15. Jay-Z, $63 million, TV Rank 45, Press Rank 29, Web Rank 23, Social Rank 26. (Forbes)

In January, they earned the right to be called the highest-earning couple in Hollywood.

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 marked 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)

Jay's marriage to Beyonce in 2008 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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