It's good to be the king (and queen): Jay Z and Beyoncé are the top-earning power couple

By Ray Rahman
September 27, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Jay Gatsby’s got nothing on Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles: The pair have the honor of being the world’s highest-earning celebrity couple, Forbes announced on Sept. 19. The power spouses pulled in an absurd $95 million in the year between June 2012 and June 2013. To put that in perspective, they made more than R.I.P.D., Jobs, and the Oogieloves movie combined. Their total earnings handily beat out the next couple on the list, NFL star Tom Brady and model Gisele Bündchen ($80 million), not to mention the GDP of several island nations. Not bad for two artists who didn’t drop any albums in that time period. (If anything, releasing music may be the least likely way to make money these days.) So how’d they do it? The real question is, How didn’t they do it? The couple’s revenue streams included world tours, festivals, perfume, clothing, and even a sports team. And their bounty’s bound to get bigger: Jay’s Samsung deal helped his summer album Magna Carta…Holy Grail go double platinum, and Bey’s Mrs. Carter tour has no end in sight. Plus, in just a few short years, Blue Ivy will be old enough to start a lemonade stand.

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