Beyoncé & Jay Z Are Officially A Billion-Dollar Couple
Per FORBES' list of America's Wealthiest Self-Made Women--released today--Beyoncé, 35, has amassed a personal fortune of $350 million. The total for Jay Z, 47, has soared to $810 million per last week's ranking of hip-hop's richest acts (he trails No. 1 Diddy by just $10 million). That brings the couple to a combined net worth of $1.16 billion and counting.
So how, exactly, did they pull it off? Ask Beyoncé, and the answer is straightforward: "I'm never satisfied," she once told FORBES. "I’ve never met anyone that works harder than me in my industry.”
Beyoncé and husband Jay Z also waded into the national debate during the 2016 presidential election, performing at a Hillary Clinton event in Ohio last November and offering vocal support. Taking on a more political tone didn't tamp down the Knowles-Carters' financial prospects; on the contrary, they seem to be only increasing in stature--both in terms of influence and wealth.
Though Jay Z hasn't been hitting the road as hard as his wife of late, that should change this summer with a slate of huge festival dates in the wake of a new ten-year, $200 million deal signed with Live Nation last week.
"This renewed partnership is a testament to our longstanding relationship and the talented individuals at Live Nation," Jay Z said in a statement. "For the next ten years, we will continue redefining the live event landscape."
Beyoncé and Jay Z have earned plenty of cash separately, and though the bulk of the couple's wealth is tied up in his companies--Roc Nation, Armand de Brignac and others--there is plenty of synergy as well.
The Knowles-Carters both hold significant equity in Tidal, the streaming service Jay Z purchased for $56 million two years ago. The value of their stakes soared when Sprint invested a reported $200 million for a 33% of the company--valuing Tidal at $600 million and helping launch Beyoncé and Jay Z into ten-figure territory.
That should come as good news to Blue Ivy--and her pending siblings.