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Beyonce, Jay-Z Named Highest Paid Celebrity Couple in 2012

USMagazine, Friday, August 10, 2012, 7:15am (PDT)
  • Power couple, indeed!

    It's no secret that Beyonce and Jay-Z are a famous force to be reckoned with, and according to this year's Forbes' "Highest Paid Celebrity Couples" list, the duo is smiling all the way to the bank.

    Having earned a whopping $78 million combined, new parents Beyonce, 30, and Jay-Z, 42, who have been married for four years, are at the top of 2012's Hollywood money-making pyramid. Right on their tails, however, is 2011's richest couple: Tom Brady, 35, and Gisele Bundchen, 32, who brought in $72 million together.

    PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay's romance

    Among the hip-hop pair's highlights between May 1, 2011, and May 1, 2012: welcoming their first daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 7, Bey's "Live at Roseland" DVD release and her post-baby concert debut four months after giving birth and Jay-Z's uber-successful "Watch the Throne" album release and world tour with collaborator, Kanye West.

    PHOTOS: Beyonce's baby bump style

    As far as which breadwinner brings in more dough? It's neck and neck. As reported by Forbes' Celebrity 100 list earlier this year, Beyonce is worth $40 million while her husband can boast $38 million. (They're listed as #16 and #38, respectively.)

    PHOTOS: Beyonce's sexy post-baby style

    Rounding out Forbes' top five richest couples of 2012: David and Victoria Beckham ($54 million), Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ($45 million) and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith ($40 million).

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