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Jay-Z & Beyonce Top Forbes List For Highest Paid Music Couples

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Though he earned almost half as much in 2011 as he did in 2010, Jay-Z and wife Beyonce have scored the No. 2 spot on Forbes Magazine’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples list, making them the highest-earning husband and wife in music.

The superstar couple brought home $72 million from May 2010 to May 2011, a figure which was almost equally split between the two, due to her fashion line with Dereon and endorsement deals with L’Oreal, DirecTV, General Mills and his 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal and stakes in the New Jersey Nets, 40/40 Clubs and advertising firm Translation.

No music couple came remotely close to Jay and Beyonce, who were only narrowly beat out for the No. 1 overall slot by NFL star Tom Brady and supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, with combined earnings of $76 million, most of which was brought in by Bundchen, who could likely become the world’s first supermodel billionaire.

Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt came in at a distant third on the Forbes list, with a combined $50 million income.

In related news, Jay-Z was also recently crowned Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash King once again, and attempted to break the world record for bottle-popping, spending a reported $250,000 on bubbly at his ‘Watch the Throne’ record release party in Miami on Sunday (Aug. 14).

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