Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles have topped Forbes magazine’s World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Couples list for the year 2012. The power pair are estimated to have made 78 million dollars together in the financial year ending May 1, moving them from second place in last year’s list, behind Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, to first. According to Forbes, Beyonce earned more in the last year than her husband, amassing 40 million dollars from sponsorship deals, sales of her ‘4’ album and royalties from her back catalogue, the Daily Mail reported. The figure is particularly impressive, as she also took time off to have the couple’s first baby, daughter Blue Ivy, who was born in January. News Desk
The rapper made an estimated 38 million dollars from his ‘Watch the Throne’ album and tour with Kanye West, continuing sales of his Decoded book as well as his many business interests, which include a nightclub and Roc Nation record label, management and music publishing company.
Third on the list were fashion designer Victoria and soccer player David Beckham who are worth 54 million dollars.
In fourth place are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who banked an estimated 45 million dollars. The couple is engaged and starring in movies that make loads of money. Brad’s Oscar nominations for Moneyball helped as well.
On the fifth spot were Will and Jada Pinkett Smith who raked in an estimated 40 million dollars. The couple’s recent films Men In Black 3 and Madagascar 3 respectively have been a major reason.
Relegated to second on the list were supermodel Gisele Bundchen and NFL player Tom Brady, who brought in an estimated 72 million dollars, from her lucrative modelling deals and his four-year, 72-million-dollar contract extension with the New England Patriots. He has also made a foray into modelling, signing contracts with Under Armour and UGG Boots.