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Beyonce & Jay-Z: Top-Earning Couple

Beyonce & Jay-Z: Top-Earning Couple

Beyonce and Jay-Z once again top this year’s list of Top-Earning Celeb Couples with combined earnings of $122 million, according to Forbes. (Apparently we’re in a recession because they raked in $162 million last year — down $40 million!)

Beyonce and Jay-Z made the big bucks with their hit songs, fashion lines and endorsement deals (Budweiser, American Express). B out-earned J this year $87 million-$35 million.

Harrison Ford and girlfriend Calista Flockhart rank second thanks to Harrison‘s $65 million paycheck for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Check out the full list:

1) Jay-Z & Beyonce Knowles – $122 million
2) Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart – $69 million
3) Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie -$55 million
4) Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith – $48 million
5) David & Victoria Beckham – $46 million
6) Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi – $36 million
7) Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson – $35.5 million
8) Jim Carrey & Jenny McCarthy – $34 million
9) Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes – $33.5 million
10) Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow – $33 million
11) Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick – $29 million
12) Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – $28 million
13) Eva Longoria & Tony Parker – $22 million
14) Katherine Heigl & Josh Kelley – $20 million
15) Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban – $17 million

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  • tom

    Is Josh Kelley a celebrity?

  • Bara

    I wonder HOW MUCH these rich earners will donate
    to the needy in Haiti?

    or buy that latest diamond watch?
    Brad & Angie are the 2 rich mega stars I can think of that
    are completely selfless & are there to help the world in need.
    The world, not just NOLA.

    take note rich earners & walk the talk for once!

  • yo sista

    how come beyawnce made all that money when her tour only made 46 million Worldwide?

  • wait

    Jim Carrey & Jenny McCarthy and Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart aren’t married.

  • Lillianne

    Yeah, I’m farther down that list somewhere. I made over $30,000 last year. WooHoo me!

  • Priscila

    ” I wonder HOW MUCH these rich earners will donate
    to the needy in Haiti?

    or buy that latest diamond watch?
    Brad & Angie are the 2 rich mega stars I can think of that
    are completely selfless & are there to help the world in need.
    The world, not just NOLA.

    take note rich earners & walk the talk for once!”

    GOOD POINT! Beyonce and Jay-Z seems like two selfish people.

    HAITI really needs help now, but I dunno Beyonce even watch the news….

  • ashley

    what about tom and gisele??they should be around 6TH!!!!!

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  • fly

    @yo sista:

    because you didn’t count jay-z money, both their album sales, other events… you dumb ho.

  • happy girl

    I hope ALL of Hollywood donates to Haiti. Devastating.

  • mimi

    I don’t recall Aneglina giving charities around $20 million, as she claimed to give a third to charity.
    In fact, why are they still holding the 20 million they made out of their children (photos and interviews) that they promised to donate to charities?
    Only a fraction of that chunk of money actually ended up in charities.

  • Ciara

    Well that’s an unflattering photo.

  • hi

    Because they don’t flaunt it everywhere?
    They can donate how much they want.
    How much of the money you earn do you donate?
    Oh ok.

    It’s a more flattering picture than any picture you take, Flopiara.

  • wendy

    Well the top 5 does not surprise me at all, these are all major celebs making money left and right with deals, and what not. Posh & Becks make an absurd amount though, its just because of their status, they get all the deals, its insane.

  • jayzfan

    go jay and bey u guys are the best

  • kitty

    uhhhm… no wonder out country is shit… – do they really need 20 million a picture??????????????????or whatever 10 milion a song????????????????? our priorities are completely shit in this country.. that disgusts me. we have so many homeless families and people that need help and Jay Z talk about the CRAPyankees and gets 50 million whatever.. i bet if there was an earthquake in Turks and Caicos they ALL would help!

  • ivanka

    yay! glad to know the annoying brangelina didnt win

  • Plus

    @mimi: these figures are pre-tax. that means these ppl only keep 2/3 of it in their pockets. how do you know if they’re holding on to the ##? The ## went to their foundation, and the foundation will determine how the ## should be distributed.

  • danny

    my favorite couple in the world did it again (second year in a row) WOW

  • missy

    Beyonce made all that money and had to perform for the Libyan terrorist Hannibal Khadafy on New Years Eve?

    Mariah performed for the terrorist the year before

    Whats the deal with blacks and democrats and all their dictator, terrorist pals.

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    @Bara: ..why would they donate anything?!? neither of them is from haiti. how much will you be donating?!!?
    @Priscila: Jay-Z is so selfish he got honored by the united nations for his ‘Water for Life Campaign’. he went to Africa to bring clean water to the poor and starving in countries such as Angola. what a selfish person.

  • In The Know

    What the public is unaware of is how much it cost to make this revenue.
    It most certainly is not NET. But Forbes does NOT tell the public this.

  • Ms.Lady Cat

    it is sad to say but this couple has all da money in da world,and buy wat ever dey want dey have everyhting we can only imagen but ders one thing dey dont have,childrens dats da most wealthiest feeling in da world,no if ands and buts about it.dats being rich!!!!he is 40 and she is almost 30 it’s about time….u guys r getting older!!!!

  • appena

    i dont get it. why harrison ford and calista flockhart made all that money?
    from what??does anybody know?

  • mimi

    Nobody forced Angelina to lie and claim she donates a thrid of her income.
    Once she claimed to do that- she should back it up with actual action.
    Not to mention she claimed she will donate all the money (=100%) she made of her children and their photos and interviews about them to charity, and why so many years after they were born, that money is still not donated and under her control?

  • lakers fan in boston

    ive always liked them together
    theyve soon what a powerful couple they r
    on to the next 1!

  • ghvchg

    powerful isnt the best word todescribe thesetwo, morelike rich selfish celeb with dumb fans.

  • firemenfriends

    I hope they get pregnant

  • lalalove

    @I n F a m o u s l y C o o l:
    He has all right to!! Them, us, we…the public are the ones that put him on that list! The least he can do is give back. And he very rarely does. They are a slefish couple! They very rarely do charity work. And when they do, they dont take the money from their pockets, they put on a SHOW! Brad and Angie are making significantly less and they do SO MUCH!

    They are going to die and leave the money, they might as well give it to someone…impoverished families preferable.

  • Liz

    wat about Tom and Gisele
    Tom made 14mil from the Pats alone not including sponsorships and Gisele made 35mil=49mil

  • GoBack

    the only thing I hate more than jay z is that it took an earthquake for us to help haiti

  • yo sista

    @fly: hannneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy don’t be calling me no name!!!!! i ain’t no ho you beyawnce stan!!!! she sucks, she fake, she a copycat, she a swagger jacker everybody knows it but you deluded stans!

  • yo sista

    @ghvchg: A M E N

  • =Logan=



  • equestrianlovematch

    Is she preggers?

  • lizzie

    @mimi: How do we know how much was donated from where and to where? Please cite your sources, so we can all be as knowledgeable as you. To all of you that are judging what was donated and what wasn’t….1st of all, what percentage of your net income did you donate last year? and 2nd…where is your proof that these people did not donate? Its a sad day when people cannot give out of the goodness of their hearts without publicizing their good deeds. Shame on you haters!

  • Heather

    Yeah, Beyonce donates a lot of money. But she rarely tries to seek publicity for it. Her Survivor Foundation was building homes for Katrina Survivors a year or two before Brad Pitt’s foundation. A lot of times the media chooses who they want to spotlight for their charitable actions.

  • Heather

    Beyonce performed for Muatsim Gaddafi, not Hannibal. Muatsim has never been associated with any terrorism. Hannibal for that matter hasn’t either although he’s gotten into other trouble. But that’s like saying Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen are the same people, just because they’re brothers. In fact, George Bush made Libya an ally in 2006.

  • Beth

    Beyonce is fabulous. Her and Jay are a terrific couple.

  • Tonya

    @ yo sista

    What’s been reported about Beyonce’s tour is that she made $57 million in 57 dates. She’s going to do close to 100 dates. You do the math.

  • Dr NYC

    I’m so happy for them!