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In what should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody, Jay Z and Beyonce are the world’s highest-paid celebrity couple for the past year. According to Forbes, Queen B and Hov wear the crown after raking in a combined $107.5 million in just 12 months.
The power couple pursued a variety of business opportunities over the past year. Most glaringly, Beyonce dropped her wildly successful Lemonade album, which no doubt contributed greatly to the $107.5 million before taxes. Bey’s ensuing Formation World Tour, which included concerts across the globe, added much, much more to Beyonce’s income.
Meanwhile, aside from a few guest features, Hov’s focus was away from hip-hop. From TIDAL, to D’USSE, to Roc Nation (and Roc Nation Sports), Jay Z had his hands full without having to drop any music whatsoever. Other money-makers for the world’s richest celebrity couple included Bey’s launch of Blue Ivy’s clothing line and Jay’s work with Armand de Brignac champagne.
Jay and Bey are nearly identical in terms of individual annual earnings. The Brooklyn-born MC made $53.5 million this past year, while the Houston-born singer made $54 million.
The most interesting part? They’re set up to make even more next year if they set their minds to it. There have been rumors of an upcoming joint album, which would surely set the music world ablaze and allow for sold-out stadiums across the nation and around the world. Cha-ching.