Beyonce and Jay-Z top Forbes' highest-paid celeb couples list

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia play during the Men's Final on Day Fifteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Al Bello

Jay-Z and Beyonce watch the Men's Final on Day Fifteen of the 2011 U.S. Open at on Sept. 12, 2011, in Queens, N.Y.
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(CBS News) Beyonce and Jay-Z have earned the top spot on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid celebrity couples.

The duo came in ahead of last year's winners, model Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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According to Forbes, Beyonce's album "4," which was released last summer and went platinum in the U.S., along with endorsement deals, earned her $40 million between May 1, 2011, and May 1, 2012.

Jay-Z released a collaboration album with friend Kanye West, "Watch the Throne," which earned the hip-hop mogul millions along with the money from their subsequent tour and his other ventures, bringing the couple's annual income to $78 million, Forbes reports.

Bundchen and Brady earned the second-place spot on the list with a combined income of $72 million, according to the magazine.

Other couples who round out the top five: David and Victoria Beckham; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.


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