For the second consecutive year, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been named Forbes’ top-earning couple in entertainment. The duo combined to earn $122 million between July 2008 and July 2009, beating out Hollywood power pairs like Brangelina, the Beckhams and TomKat. While Jigga carried the financial weight in their relationship by a narrow margin on the Forbes’ inaugural list last year, Beyoncé easily out-earned her husband this time around, grossing $87 million to Jay-Z’s $35 million. On last year’s list, when Jay-Z’s 360 deal with Live Nation was factored in, the pair earned $162 million, with Jay pulling in $82 million.
Combined, Jay-Z and Beyoncé nearly doubled the amount earned by Forbes’ Number Two couple, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, who Forbes reports made $67 million thanks largely to Ford’s $65 million paycheck for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie came in third, while a pair of technically semi-retired music artists and their respective partners, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith and Victoria and David Beckham, came in fourth and fifth.
Other music-related couples to make the list include Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, who combined for $33 million, new Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi with $36 million and “the Jay-Z and Beyoncé of country music,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
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