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It pays to be Beyonce and Jay-Z. Literally.
The power couple (and new parents) earned a combined total of $78 million from May 2011 to May 2012 making them Forbes Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple of 2012.
Though Beyonce put the brakes on her whirlwind schedule in 2011 to welcome into the world her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, the mommy still raked in dough during her maternity leave. According to Forbes, Beyonce pulled in large sums from her old hits, and that’s on top of the money she’s made from her platinum-selling album 4.
Between May 1, 2011 and May 1, 2012, Forbes reports that Beyonce earned $40 million, thanks in part to her non-musical ventures, including a fragrance collection.
As for Jay-Z, he made millions as part of The Throne, which sold out arenas on a global tour. He stacked slightly less dough than his wife, with Jay earning $38 million between May 1, 2011 and May 1, 2012. Some of his money came from non-musical enterprises, including cosmetics company Carol’s Daughter and ad firm Translation, according to Forbes.
The highly-paid pair were the runners up last year, but they bumped 2011′s winners model Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the number two spot this time. That couple brought in 72 million this year.
In third place, David and Victoria Beckham raked in 54 million dollars with his soccer earnings and her fashion empire.
The only unmarried couple on the list, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, took the fourth place spot with a combined total of 45 million dollars.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith wrapped up the top five, earning $40 million dollars last year.
Something tells us Bey and Jay will be number one on this list for many years to come.
What do you think of this list? Are you surprised Beyonce and Jay Z topped it?
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Representing for the black girls in the entertainment industry, Rihanna is one of the highest paid celebrities under 30.
The 24-year-old popstar sealed the number 3 spot on the Forbes’ list released today. MTV reports:
Though she recently filed suit against her former accountants, Rihanna reportedly raked in $53 million, much of it as a result of her 85-show world tour and sales from the Talk That Talk album. She also gets paid via endorsement deals with Vita Coco coconut water and Nivea lotion and took in millions more through her Reb’l Fleur fragrance.
“Talk that Talk” is Rihanna’s sixth album and was released in November of last year. As of June 2012, the album has sold nearly a million copies in the United States as well as hundreds of thousands of copies around the world.
This list, dominated by women, includes the celebrities’ income from May of 2011 to May of 2012. Justin Beiber, the only male in the top 5, is in the 2nd spot for taking home $55 million dollars in that time-frame. Taylor Swift is the number one highest paid celeb under 30 with $57 million. Despite declining album sales across the industry, Forbes says Taylor can be counted on to sell at least 4 million copies of every album. She also reportedly brought in about $1 million per sold-out concert and she has a lucrative deal with CoverGirl makeup. Lady Gaga is in 4th place with $52 million and Katy Perry rounded out the top five taking home $45 million.
MTV lists the rest of the top 10: Adele ($35 million), Kristen Stewart ($34.5 million), Lil Wayne ($27 million), Taylor Lautner ($26.5 million) and Robert Pattinson ($26.5 million).
Clearly, it pays to be a female in the music industry.
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In Forbes’ annual most powerful celebrity list, the business publication aggregates earnings, social rank, and press rank, among other things, to determine which of Hollywood’s glitterati wields the most influence in pop culture. Well, we stripped it down to the basics: how much money did each earn. Better yet, we compiled how much money did the top African-American celebrities earn. And the results are interesting to say the least. We’re not sure how Usher managed to make SO much money, even considering that he had a successful album out in the past year, but we’re guessing his stake in Justin Bieber pushed him up more than a few notches.
In the annual Forbes’ list of top celebrity earners, there were no surprises. You could probably guess who took the top spot but we’ll just let you see for yourself. A combination of endorsement deals and ownership business models put these following four African-American celebs amongst the top 20 celebrity earners of 2010.
4. Beyonce Knowles
Estimated earnings: $87 million
Ever the breadwinner, Beyonce continues to outdo her peers in the income bracket and ranks as the top-earning musician on the list above Lady Gaga and Brittney Spears. The fact that she tours so much is a big determinant of her large earnings. She also has her uber-successful perfume line, her fashion line House of Dereon, and endorsement deals with Loreal and DIRECTV to boost her earnings.