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Beyonce, Jay-Z Top Forbes’ ‘World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples’ List

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In the one-year period beginning May 1, 2011, no superstar sweethearts earned more money than Jay-Z and Beyonce, reports. With a combined income of $78 million, Jay and Bey top this year’s World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples list, moving up one place from last year.

Beyonce reportedly edged out her husband, making $40 million to his $38 million. That’s an impressive sum, considering the singer took off a good chunk of the year to give birth to the pair’s first child, Blue Ivy Carter. Luckily, she earns mad bank through royalties and endorsements, and her last album went platinum in the United States. No wonder she can afford to splurge on private jets.

Jay, meanwhile, cashed in on his Watch the Throne album and tour, and he’s also profited heavily from numerous business ventures, among them the ad agency Translation.

Next on the list are model Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who pulled in $72 million. From there, it’s a pretty big falloff to third-place finishers Victoria and David Beckham, who only kicked enough soccer balls and sold enough clothing to earn $54 million.

Rounding out the list are perennial Hollywood “it” couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ($45 million) and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith ($40 million).

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