Forbes magazine has ranked Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles on top of their World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Couples list for the year 2012. The power pair are estimated to have made $78 million together in the financial year, moving them from second place in last year’s list, behind Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, to first.
According to Forbes, Beyonce earned more in the last year than her husband, amassing $40 million from sponsorship deals, sales of her ‘4’ album and royalties from her back catalog.
The rapper made an estimated $38 million from his ‘Watch the Throne’ album and tour with Kanye West, continuing sales of his Decoded book as well as his many business interests, which include a nightclub and Roc Nation record label, management and music publishing company.
2nd on the list were supermodel Gisele and NFL player Tom, who brought in an estimated $72 million, from her lucrative modelling deals and his 4 year, $72 million contract extension with the New England Patriots.
3rd on the list were fashion designer Victoria and soccer player David Beckham who are worth $54 million.
In 4th place are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who banked an estimated $45 million, and 5th were Will and Jada Pinkett Smith who raked in an estimated $40 million.