has named Jay-Z
the world’s highest paid celebrity couple of 2012 after they grossed a combined $78 million
last year. B earned $40 million, while Hov tallied $38 million
, largely in part to the Watch the Throne
album and tour he did with Kanye West
, in addition to all his business ventures.
In being named the highest paid celeb couple, Jigga and B took the title from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
and supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen
, who were the top-grossing celebrity couple last year. They came close to repeating as Forbes top couple after taking home $72 million, just six million less than the music power couple.
Soccer superstar and global icon David Beckham
and wife Posh Spice Victoria Beckham
grossed a combined $54 million to come in at No. 3, while Brad Pitt
and Angelina Jolie
pocketed a combined $45 mil for the fourth spot. Will Smith
and Jada Pinkett Smith
were ranked fifth for the $40 million they earned.