Forbes Ranks Beyonce And Jay-Z, Highest Paid Celebrity Couple


In its annual list of highest paid stars in the world, Forbes ranks Beyonce and husband, Jay Z as this year’s highest-paid celebrity couple, raking in a regal $107.5 million over the past year.

On the annual ranking of the world’s top-earning superstars, Queen B comes in at the No. 34 spot with $54 million, while Jay-Z is ranked No.36 with a $53.5 million tally, beating last year’s top-earning couple—Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris.

The celebrity couple both got a boost from Beyoncé’s sixth No. 1 album, Lemonade, which debuted exclusively on Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service (his wife and several other Celebrity 100 members are co-owners). But Beyoncé edged her husband in annual earnings by playing 19 shows during our June-to-June scoring period, easily topping Jay Z’s grand total of two.

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Though Jay Z didn’t tour over the past year, he was plenty busy behind the scenes with other projects. He continues to make millions on his Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac and entertainment company, Roc Nation. The multifaceted organization includes a record label, artist management and a sports agency that represents the likes of Kevin Durant and Robinson Cano.

Jay Z didn’t release an album during our scoring period, either. In fact, he hasn’t put out a solo record in three years.

The only other couple on this year’s Celeb 100: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. The former’s Deflategate fiasco didn’t flatten his earnings—he led the NFL in merchandise sales in 2015 and signed a contract extension in March with a $28 million signing bonus—en route to a $44 million total payday and the No. 54 spot on the list.

Bundchen claimed the No. 99 slot, boosted by fragrance and beauty deals with Chanel and Carolina Herrera, as well as her own lines of lingerie and skin care. Though her $30.5 million total is the lowest of any member of either top-earning couple, she made the list for the sixteenth time, easily more than Brady (5), Beyoncé (9) or Jay Z (10).

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The FORBES Celebrity 100 list measures pretax earnings for front-of-camera celebrities across the globe; It does not deduct for fees paid to agents, managers or lawyers. The numbers are determined by gathering data from the likes of Nielsen, Pollstar and BoxOfficeMojo, as well as from interviews with industry insiders and some of the stars themselves.