Jay-Z, Beyonce Named Top-Earning Couple
Jay-Z and Beyonce earned $122 million together between June 2008 and June 2009, more than any other couple -- married or unmarried -- in entertainment.
The listmakers at Forbes are at it again, this time determining Hollywood's top-earning couple.
Beyonce and Jay-Z beat out the competition not only by churning out hit songs but also by attaching their names to Budweiser, American Express and a host of other brands. In this relationship, the wife out-earned the husband, $87 million-$35 million.
In a distant second place, with a combined $69 million, was Harrison Ford and girlfriend Calista Flockhart, most of that coming courtesy of Ford's $65 million paycheck for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
Partners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are third with a combined $55 million, thanks to "Wanted," starring Jolie, and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," starring Pitt.
Rounding out the top five are married couples Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith ($48 million) and David and Victoria Beckham ($46 million).
Soon-to-be "American Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia de Rossi of the ABC show "Better Off Ted" are next with $36 million. They're followed by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson at $35.5 million.
Other couples on the top 15 list at Forbes.com include Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.
Forbes used interviews with agents, managers, producers and lawyers to determine how much money the couples earned.