LONDON: Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles have topped Forbes magazine’s World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Couples list for the year 2012.
The power pair are estimated to have made $ 78 million together in the financial year ending May 1, moving them from second place in last year’s list, behind Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, to first.
According to Forbes, Beyonce earned more in the last year than her husband, amassing $ 40 million from sponsorship deals, sales of her 4 album and royalties from her back catalogue.
The figure is particularly impressive, as she also took time off to have the couple’s first baby, daughter Blue Ivy, who was born in January.
The rapper made an estimated $ 38 million from his Watch the Throne album and tour with Kanye West, continuing sales of his Decoded book as well as
his many business interests.
Relegated to second on the list were supermodel Bundchen and NFL player Brady, who brought in an estimated $ 72 million — from Bundchen’s lucrative modelling deals and his four-year, 72-million-dollar contract extension with the New England