Jay-Z & Beyoncé Are Top Moneymakers

Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Hard works pays off. Mr. and Mrs. Carter, better known as Jay-Z and Beyoncé, are Hollywood’s top-earning couple for the second year in a row.

According to Forbes, hip-hop’s first couple earned a combined $122 million between June 2008 and June 2009, putting them at No. 1 on the magazine’s Top-Earning Hollywood Couples list.

Jay and Bey both contributed significantly to their joint earnings, but the Mrs. pulled in more money than her husband during the time period, bringing in $87 million to his $35 million. They also topped last year’s list with $162 million, roughly half coming from each star.

Aside from performing in sold-out arenas, both artists have lucrative endorsement deals and business ventures. Beyoncé is a spokesperson for American Express, L’Oréal, and Nintendo, while her husband has attached his name to brands such as Budweiser, HP, and Activision.

Following in a distant second is Harrison Ford and his girlfriend, Calista Flockhart, who earned a combined $69 million, $53 million less than Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Other high-profile couples who made the list include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and David and Victoria Beckham.



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16 Comments

  1. Baron

    That’s incredible. Good for them!

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  2. G-O-L_Star

    Even if Bey takes this year of she will top next year list too. Y’all favorite stars need to come harder, B is showing them hows done.

    Even if Bey takes time off, your favorite singer won’t get her shine. Because they are just not top notch divas and superstars!

    Get your money up Bichezzzzzzz!

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    D Reply:

    @G-O-L_Star, the fact that you are thinking of other singers in this post proves that clearly they will get the shine they are suppose to get in due time. bey been hustling for 15 years offcourse you can’t compare that to relatively newcomers some of who are already millionaires regardless

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  3. Mr. Sappleton

    i’m happy they doing it big, but come on. they won’t even miss $1 million. can i see that money? i got loans… hahaha. na. congrats though.

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  4. Carl

    WOOO! GO JAY Z AND HIS WIFE PAYOLA!!!

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  5. SwaggerAreUs

    They deserve it…they work tremendously harder than anyone in the industry and they act like they want it…Proud to be fans of both artist…Let’s do it again in 2010!

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    Joyams Reply:

    @SwaggerAreUs, I love them both but come on, no one on earth deserve 122 millions…

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    LadySheamus Reply:

    @Joyams, If they work to earn it, they do.

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  6. will

    Beyonce made 87 million and her music videos still look low budget, what is up with that. The only video she had that was high budget was Video Phone the rest looked like they were on a recession budget. How u make that much money and cant make half decent music videos can someone please answer that question for me?

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  7. HMM

    Will that’s a good question. But you know she’s money hungry, like her father. Since she made $87 million she needs to donate to some charities. Angelina made less and each year she donates 1-2 million to various charities.

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    drtash Reply:

    @HMM, yeah but then the moment she gives to charity, the first thing y’all will say is “oh she’s trying to do it for publicity coz she’s such a media ho”. Either way she can’t win. At the end of the day it’s her money, she can do what she wants with it.

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  8. part

    y do u care wat they do with their money. u didnt work 4 it so u dont get say “she should give it to charity”……if she want to b greedy wit it fine she worked for it….n she does give it charity..thats a way celebrity pay taxes shit hole….. how would u feel if i said u should give ur check to ur child….dont like do ya u work hard 4 it do wat u want!!!!!!!!

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  9. Catie

    That’s insane!

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  10. BeyonceSTAN

    Go Queeen Bey and and King JAY !!!

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  11. wendy

    There r a lot of Beyonce ass lickers in the world. So u can’t say anything about the “Carters”. I think Bee is money hungry. I don’t think Jay Z is but she is 4 sure and why. It’s not like she game from a poor childhood so she has to hustle. I am pretty sure if she would never became famous the Knowles would b alright. They were a upper middle class family. You ask why her videos r low budget, well look @ her bank account. That’s why they were # 1 on the list. She doesn’t need 2 spend money on her videos as long as ya’ll keep buying her BS music.

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  12. wendy

    I meant to say came not game sorry

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