BEYONCÉ KNOWLES and Jay-Z are reported to be the music industry’s first billionaire couple.
Beyoncé’s current world tour and recent collaborations with Pepsi and H&M have pushed the couples’ earnings over the billion dollar mark. According to tabloid reports, the singer will make approximately $116 million (£75 million) from The Mrs Carter Show, while her H&M earnings are also thought to be in the millions.
Throughout her career, the 31-year-old has worked as an ambassador for brands including L’Oreal and Tommy Hilfiger; enjoyed a successful acting career – starring in films such as Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records and The Fighting Temptations; won 17 Grammy Awards and sold over 75 million records worldwide, including her work with Destiny’s Child. Most recently, she joined Gucci’s Chime for Change campaign, helping to raise funds and awareness of women’s issues worldwide.
Likewise, Jay-Z has earned great money from being co-founder of Roc Nation; co-owner of the 40/40 nightclub; co-creator of fashion label Rocawear; former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and through his shares in the Brooklyn Nets basketball. The rapper has also sold approximately 50 million albums worldwide.
The couple were married in 2008 and gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter last year. They were named the highest paid celebrity couple of 2012 by Forbes.