News: Jay-Z & Beyonce Run The World, Named Most Powerful Music Couple

Sunday, Aug 21, 2011 10:17AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning artists Jay-Z and Beyonce continue to make headlines as of late, this time for earning the right to call themselves music's most powerful couple.

Based on estimates by financial publication Forbes, Hov and Bey's money-generating abilities land them atop their competition.

Music's most powerful couple, Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z hauled in some $72 million over the past year, making them No. 2 on our list. The Houston-born R&B diva pulled in $35 million, thanks mostly to business-focused deals such as a clothing line with Dereon and endorsement deals with L'Oreal, DirecTV, General Mills and others. As for Jay-Z, his earnings come from the 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal that he signed in 2008 and the cash he collects as a shareholder in New Jersey Nets, 40/40 Club chain and ad firm Translation. (Forbes)

According to the renowned publication's breakdown, Bey is largely responsible for their estimated wealth.

The R&B/hip-hop duo raked in $72 million between May 2010 and May 2011, with Beyoncé netting $35 million thanks to her Deréon apparel line and her endorsement deals with DirectTV, General Mills, L'Oreal and others. Meanwhile, Jigga's earnings mostly came from his 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal, his 40/40 restaurant chain and his partial ownerships of the New Jersey Nets basketball team and ad firm Translation. Beyoncé earned a few more coins this week alone, as she finished out her residency of '4 Intimate Nights With Beyonce' concerts on Friday (Aug. 19) at New York's Roseland Ballroom. (Pop Crush)

Outside of music, Forbes also named a most powerful sports and movies couple.

Keeping company with other top couples, the Brooklyn bomber and the Houston born southern belle have emerged as the music industry's top earning couple, according to a story from Forbes that listed the richest celebrity couples. Coming in at #1 were New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and his top model wife Giselle Bundchen, earning a combined $76 million. Jay-Z and Beyoncé ranked second after raking in $72 million - just shy of the top spot. Hollywood fixtures and tabloid magazine targets Brad Pitt and his better half Angelina Jolie came in third earning $50 million. (RapFix)

Last month, Beyonce opened up about her love for Jay.

"[Did I visit my husband during my vacation?] I did. I went on tour with him and I got to see the shows from the audience, which was something that I don't get a chance to do. I was really, really inspired," Beyonce said. "I've always been a Jay-Z groupie." ("The View")

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