Jay-Z & Beyonce Are The Highest-Earning Celebrity Couple
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.
Then there are their other interests. Jay-Z is a part owner of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the Brooklyn Nets play. He sold his stake in the team and now has to dump his share in the arena, too, because he’s started his own sports agency: Roc Nation Sports, which represents star athletes like Kevin Durant and Victor Cruz. Knowles has a fragrance collection and a clothing line called House of Deron. Blue Ivy could soon join the family business. She’s already been on one of her Dad’s songs and her parents have petitioned to trademark her name for the right to use it on anything from baby clothes to toys.
Bey and Jay earned $15 million more than the No. 2 couple on the list: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.
To compile the list Forbes talked to managers, agents, producers and other in-the-know folks to come up with estimates for each celebrity’s entertainment-related earnings. The research was done for our Celebrity 100 list, which measures earning between June 2012 and June 2013. We did not subtract for taxes, agent fees or other expenses related to being a celebrity.