News: Jay Z & Beyoncé Topple Their Competition Atop "Highest-Earning Celebrity Couples" List

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 8:32PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap mogul Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter don't only run the music world but have the entertainment industry looking up at them after landing atop the annual "Highest-Earning Celebrity Couples" list.

According to reports, Young Hov and Bey have brought in nearly $100 million over the course of a year.

Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles are so much more than just the first couple of hip-hop: They're a combination of two of the savviest businesspeople in entertainment. They made more than any other celebrity couple this year with an estimated $95 million in earnings between June 2012 and June 2013. Both are musicians at the top of their games, with multiple hits under their belts. Jay Z's recent Watch the Throne album went platinum and launched a world tour that brought in $1.4 million per night in America. Knowles, who took a short break when her daughter Blue Ivy was born in January last year, was back with a vengeance this year with her Mrs. Carter world tour, which grossed an average $2 million per night. (Forbes)

Their cash empire also managed to place them ahead of NFL and Hollywood celebrity couples.

Bey and Jay earned $15 million more than the No. 2 couple on our list: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. Like Jay Z and Knowles, Brady and Bundchen have used their fame to build bigger businesses around themselves. We estimate the couple earned a combined $80 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt rank third with a combined $50 million in estimated earnings. Unlike the other top couples on our list, they don't have larger businesses built around their fame -- the vast majority of their money comes from their film pay. Pitt did earn an estimated $7 million from his Channel No. 5 commercial last year, but only because it's so rare to land Pitt as a spokesperson. (Forbes)

Recently, Jay ranked in the top three of Celebrity Net Worth's "20 Richest Rappers Alive Today" list.

#20 Rick Ross - Net Worth $25 Million #19 Tie between T-Pain and T.I - Net Worth $30 Million #18 Nelly - Net Worth $55 Million #17 Busta Rhymes - Net Worth $60 Million #16 Ludacris - Net Worth $65 Million #15 Beastie Boys - Net Worth $75 Million Each #14 Timbaland - Net Worth $75 Million #13 Pharrell Williams - Net Worth $77.5 Million #12 Tie between LL Cool J and Akon - Net Worth $80 Million #11 Kanye West - Net Worth $90 Million #10 Lil Wayne - Net Worth $95 Million #9 Ice Cube - Net Worth $100 Million #8 Snoop Dogg - Net Worth $110 Million #7 Birdman - Net Worth $115 Million #6 Eminem - Net Worth $120 Million #5 50 Cent - Net Worth $250 Million #4 Dr. Dre - Net Worth $260 Million #3 Master P - Net Worth $350 Million #2 Jay-Z - Net Worth $475 Million #1 Diddy - Net Worth $500 Million (Celebrity Net Worth)

No stranger to lists, Beyoncé received the title "Most Beautiful Woman" by People Magazine last year.

At 30, PEOPLE's 2012 World's Most Beautiful Woman has many accomplishments on her résumé, including being a 16-time Grammy winner, an actress and a style and beauty icon. But none is more important than her newest role: playing mom to daughter Blue Ivy, whom she and husband of four years, Jay-Z, welcomed in January. "I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth," she says. "I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a sense of purpose on this earth." (People)

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