Women in the music industry face their fair share of hardships and exclusion, but there’s one music power couple who appears to have flipped the script. Forbes recently released its “World’s Most Powerful Celebrities” list, and it revealed that Beyoncé made almost double the money Jay Z did over last year. While Jigga was no slouch either (he pulled in $60 million last year, good enough for the No. 6 slot), Beyoncé topped the list, raking in roughly $115 million.
Most of these earnings came from her Mrs. Carter World Tour, where she made an average of $2.4 million at each show. In late 2013, she also surprised the world with the release of her album Beyoncé without warning and whipped up a social media firestorm in the process. The former Destiny’s Child front woman also has lucrative endorsement deals with companies like Pepsi and H&M, her own clothing line, and a number of popular fragrances.
To Jay Z's credit, he also brought in millions from a successful tour and album. The Brooklyn mogul’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail sold over 2 million copies in the last year, and his many business ventures brought in big bucks, as well. He's also the owner/founder of Roc Nation, which manages artists like J. Cole, Rihanna, and Rita Ora. That means together, Mr. and Mrs. Carter earned roughly $175 million last year. With their worldwide On the Run Tour projected to be one of the most successful ever and more music in the works, it’s possible that the couple may soar even higher next year.
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