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It’s safe to say Beyoncé hasn’t been clipping coupons during this economic recession.
Forbes' annual report on Hollywood’s Top-Earning Couples places the singer and her rapper-business mogul husband, Jay-Z, firmly at the top of the list. From June 2008 to June 2009, the dynamic duo earned a combined $122 million! Beyoncé brought home most of the bacon with approximately $87 million, while Jay-Z, who co-created (and later sold) clothing brand Rocawear, and is a co-owner of the New Jersey Nets NBA team and upscale sports bar 40/40, wasn’t too shabby as an earner, either (his haul: a cool $35 million).
The next couple on the list is a bit of a surprise: Harrison Ford and girlfriend Calista Flockhart earned a combined $69 million. Ford raked in an estimated $65 million for resurrecting his signature role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Flockhart earned the rest from her work on the ABC’s Brothers & Sisters.
Third place? None other than Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The power couple earned a total of $55 million, split about evenly. According to Forbes, Pitt had one of the biggest hits of his career with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Jolie has “embraced her inner action hero” by shooting 2008’s Wanted and the upcoming film Salt.
The mind simply boggles at the thought of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s $122 million whopper revenue. But the twosome may be feeling the economy’s pinch after all, if you check what they made the previous year (June 2007 to June 2008). On that edition of Forbes’ wealthiest celeb couples list, they also placed first -- but with combined income of $162 million. So in just a year their income actually dropped about $40 million. An economic downturn for sure, but somehow, we’re certain Beyoncé and Jay-Z will manage to scrape by.
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