Beyoncé and Jay-Z are not only the undisputed first couple of hip-hop, but they are also the world’s highest-paid celebrity couple, according to Forbes.
The music moguls rose to the top of the ranks after getting beat out by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen back in 2011.
This year, despite Beyoncé’s seemingly lower profile in the music world, she still managed to rack in $40 million thanks to her many ventures in and out of music, including her 2011 album 4. As for Hova, well, Forbes notes he brought in slightly less with an income of $38 million thanks to his Watch the Throne album and tour with Kanye West, as well as his own enterprises outside of music.
While their combined $78 million makes them the couple to beat, last year’s #1 couple Gisele and Tom are following close at #2 with $72 million in a combined salary. They’ve earned their keep on the list through modeling gigs (for both partners) and his contract with the Patriots, which runs through 2014. Read the rest of this entry »