Power couples: Jay-Z, Beyonce richest

LONDON: Superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles have topped a new poll as Hollywood’s richest couple — with combined earnings for 2008 of $162 million. The Crazy In Love stars, who wed in April, have amassed a fortune in the year from 1 June 2007 to 2008.

Rapper Jay-Z earned $82 million from his recent $150 million 10-year deal with concert promoter Live Nation, while wife Knowles has brought in $80 million from her various ventures in fashion, film and music.

Their 2008 fortune sets them far apart from Hollywood’s other power couples — Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are in second place in the Forbes magazine poll with $85 million, while Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie could only manage fifth place with $34 million.

The top 10 of Hollywood’s Top Earning Couples is as follows — Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles ($162 million), Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith ($85 million), David and Victoria Beckham ($58 million), Tim MCGraw and Faith Hill ($35 million), Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ($34 million), Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann ($30 million), Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani ($28 million), Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman ($25 million), Tony Parker and Eva Longoria Parker ($22.5 million), and Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart ($22 million).