Beyoncé, Jay-Z top Forbes highest-earning celebrity couple list

New York – With estimated earnings of $95 million (R921 million), pop singer Beyoncé and her rapper husband Jay-Z are the highest-earning celebrity couple for the second consecutive year, Forbes magazine has said.

Beyonce’s Mrs Carter tour and Jay-Z’s million-selling Watch the Throne album and world tour, both a collaboration with rapper Kanye West, pushed the musical couple ahead of model Gisele Bundchen and her football player husband Tom Brady, who pulled in $80 million and retained the No 2 position.

Acting couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, with $50 million, jumped up one spot from last year to third place. The earnings were based on the period from June 2012 to June 2013.

Forbes said Beyoncé (32) earned $11 million more than her husband because of her successful world tour, which grossed an average of about $2 million per show.

Jay-Z’s latest top-selling album Magna Carta … Holy Grail was released on July 4 and was not eligible to count towards his earnings.

In addition to their musical earnings, Jay-Z (43) sold his stake in the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and has started his own sports agency.

Beyoncé upped her takings with a clothing line and fragrances.

Former co-stars on the TV comedy That ’70s Show Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis came in fourth with $35 million, followed by new parents, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and West, who collectively earned $30 million.

Forbes compiled the list by talking to agents, producers, managers and other informed people. Fees and taxes were not subtracted from the estimates.

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