Monday, September 23, 2013
Beyoncé and Jay Z top highest-earning celebrity couple list
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With estimated earnings of $95 million, pop singer Beyoncé and her rapper husband Jay-Z are the highest-earning celebrity couple for the second consecutive year, Forbes magazine said on Thursday.
Beyoncé's "Mrs. Carter" tour and Jay-Z's million-selling "Watch the Throne" album and world tour, both a collaboration with rapper Kanyé West, pushed the musical couple ahead of model Gisele Bundchen and her football-player husband Tom Brady, who pulled in $80 million and retained the No. 2 position.
Acting couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, with $50 million, jumped up one spot from last year to third place. The earnings were based on the period from June 2012 to June 2013.
Forbes said Beyoncé, 32, earned $11 million more than her husband due her successful world tour, which grossed an average of about $2 million per show.
Jay-Z's latest top-selling album "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail" was released on the 4th of July and was not eligible to count toward his earnings.
In addition to their musical earnings, Jay-Z, 43, sold his stake in the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and has started his own sports agency. Beyoncé upped her takings with a clothing line and fragrances.
Former co-stars on the TV comedy "That '70s Show" Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis came in fourth with $35 million, followed by new parents, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and West, who collectively earned $30 million.
Forbes compiled the list by talking to agents, producers, managers and other informed people. Fees and taxes were not subtracted from the estimates.
The list can be found at