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Jay Z and Beyoncé have topped Forbes magazine’s World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Couples list in 2013.
Beyoncé and Jay Z – who also owns record label Roc Nation – took the crown for the second year running having earned a staggering $95 million together in the financial year June 2012 to June 2013.
The figures in the list show that the couple’s tours, businesses and endorsement deals saw them rack up $17 million more than last year.
Jay Z’s collaborative effort with Kanye West, Watch The Throne, spurned a platinum selling album and a world tour which earned $1.4 million a night.
Meanwhile, Beyoncé – who took a year hiatus after giving birth to Blue Ivy in January 2012 – earned $2 million a night for her current The Mrs. Carter Show world tour.
Beyoncé and Jay Z earned $15 million more than Gisele Bundchen and her footballer husband Tom Brady who came in second place with combined earnings of $80 million.
Jay Z and Beyoncé have topped Forbes magazine’s World’s Highest Paid Celebrity Couples list in 2013
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen out-earned her partner by $4 million as her line of flip-flops with Brazilian label Grendene – in which she owns shares – helped double her wages from last year.
Meanwhile Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt earned a hefty $50 million despite the fact they do not own any large businesses.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt pulled in the majority of their income from film fees while Brad earned a reported $7 million for his Chanel no.5 advert last year.
Ashton Kutcher and girlfriend Mila Kunis came in fourth place, while the fifth spot was taken by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
While Kanye West had earned his half mainly through his Watch The Throne tour, Kim Kardashian earns an estimated $10 million a year through filming Keeping Up With The Kardashians and her various spin-off ventures.
Noticeably absent from the list was Victoria and David Beckham.
Top 5 Highest-Earning Celebrity Couples 2013:
1. Beyoncé and Jay Z, $95 million
2. Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, $80 million
3. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, $50 million
4. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, $35 million
5. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, $30 million
Forbes magazine reveals that Angelina Jolie pocketed a cool $33 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
That figure is $13 million more than her earnings last year, giving Angelina Jolie, 38, the top spot above a wealth of talent on Forbes annual list of Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actresses.
Angelina Jolie’s achievement is made even more impressive considering she hasn’t been seen on the cinema screen for three years, since her critical flop The Tourist in 2010.
Instead Angelina Jolie has been concentrating on her directing and writing career with her film In The Land of Blood and Honey debuting in 2011.
Next summer will see Angelina Jolie return to her acting roots with comeback flick Maleficent, for which she will pocket $15 million.
Angelina Jolie managed to pull in $9 million more than the second actress on the list, The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer Lawrence, 22, may have only been paid $1 million for her first turn as Katniss Everdeen, but thanks to a massive box office total of $690 million for the first film, she’s set to get a substantial pay rise for the next movie in the franchise, Catching Fire.
Last year’s queen bee Kristen Stewart has suffered the effects of her huge franchise The Twilight Saga coming to an end, as she could only manage third spot in the 2012/2013 list.
Last year Kristen Stewart, 23, banked $34.5 million thanks to Bella Swan, but a year later could only rake in $22 million.
Forbes magazine reveals that Angelina Jolie pocketed a cool $33 million between June 2012 and June 2013
Jennifer Aniston is also riding high in Forbes list, taking fourth spot with $20 million in earnings whilst The Amazing Spider-Man star Emma Stone squeezes into the top five with an estimated $16 million.
Heading up the second half is Prometheus star Charlize Theron with $15 million, with Sandra Bullock and Natalie Portman just behind, both with $14 million banked.
Mila Kunis has also entered the list this year with a tidy $11 million thanks to breaking out into big budget movies like.
Finally Julia Roberts proves that she can still pull in a major pay check despite her lack of starring roles in recent years. Her only 2012 offering was the role of The Queen in Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White, but that hasn’t stopped her entered the list with $11 million in estimated earnings.
Major names to fall off the Forbes list include last year’s entrants Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Meryl Streep.
Forbes Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actresses 2012/2013:
1. Angelina Jolie, $33 million
2. Jennifer Lawrence, $26 million
3. Kristen Stewart, $22 million
4. Jennifer Aniston, $20 million
5. Emma Stone, $16 million
6. Charlize Theron, $15 million
7. Sandra Bullock, $14 million
8. Natalie Portman, $14 million
9. Mila Kunis, $11 million
10. Julia Roberts, $11 million
According to Forbes magazine, Lady Gaga is the top earning celebrity under 30 years old.
Lady Gaga made an estimated $80 million in the last 12 months, despite cancelling part of her tour to have hip surgery.
Last year she was ranked at number four, while Taylor Swift, who topped the poll in 2012, has dropped to third place with $55 million.
Justin Bieber is in second place again this year with $58 million.
The Forbes website claims that Lady Gaga would have earned even more had she not had to cancel part of her world tour in February.
She recently announced her next album, Artpop, would be released in November with a single due out on August 19.
To make the list, Forbes magazine estimated the entertainment-related income of celebrities between June 2012 and June 2013 by talking to agents, managers, producers and executives.
Lady Gaga is the top earning celebrity under 30 years old
The other artists in the top five are Calvin Harris with $46 million and Rihanna, who earned $43 million.
Adele, who made the list for the first time last year, was ranked number eight making an estimated $25 million.
Earlier this year Adele won an Oscar for the James Bond theme Skyfall.
Star of The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence, is the highest entry on the list not to work in the music industry.
Jennifer Lawrence placed at number seven, with earnings of $26 million.
Completing the top 10 are Twilight co-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner who both made $22 million.
Top 10 earning celebrities under 30
- Lady Gaga – $80 million
- Justin Bieber – $58 million
- Taylor Swift – $55 million
- Calvin Harris – $46 million
- Rihanna – $43 million
- Katy Perry – $39 million
- Jennifer Lawrence – $26 million
- Adele – $25 million
- Kristen Stewart – $22 million
- Taylor Lautner – $22 million
Oprah Winfrey is back on top of Forbes‘ list of the world’s most powerful celebrities – Forbes’ Celebrity 100 – after a two-year stint in the runner-up seat.
Oprah Winfrey, 59, knocked Jennifer Lopez off the spot and into number 12, but still shares the top ten winners’ enclosure arena with a multitude of women.
There are six girls in the plum positions – and the only man to make it into the top five is film director Steven Spielberg, who, coming third, is sandwiched between Lady Gaga in second and Beyonce in fourth.
Madonna comes fifth and Taylor Swift makes her top 10 debut at number six in the annual Top 100 compiled by Forbes magazine, which is based on income over a 12-month period and fame, as defined by a media presence across all platforms, as well as social media power.
Writer E.L. James is newcomer to the list at number 42, proving that celebrities with clout can come from anywhere. E.L. James has sold 70 million copies of her books and earned an estimated $77 million in the last 12 months.
Oprah Winfrey is back on top of Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful celebrities
Forbes calculated celebrity’s earnings on income from tours, books, contracts, endorsements, movies and residuals and each star was given a marketability score, created by California market research firm E-Poll.
The magazine credits Oprah Winfrey’s $77 million earnings between June 2012 and June 2013 – as well as her prominence on TV, on social media and in the press – for her placing.
Forbes writer Dorothy Pomerantz said: “She still wields an enormous amount of power, which is really what we look for in our fame matrix.
“She is taking this cable network and turning it around just through the sheer force of her will, her connections and her ability.”
Oprah Winfrey, who has topped the list on four previous occasions, is one of three celebrities who have featured on the prestigious list every year since its inception in 1999, along with radio DJ Howard Stern and director Steven Spielberg.
But she wasn’t the highest earning star over the last year. Madonna earned $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
Last year’s number one, Jennifer Lopez – who topped the chart thanks to her public profile and earnings of $52 million – drops to 12 on this year’s countdown.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga, despite being forced to cancel numerous dates on her moneymaking Born This Way Ball tour due to hip surgery earlier this year, earned $80 million from the global jaunt.
Forbes also cites the 27-year-old star’s devoted fan following on social media for her lofty ranking.
Dorothy Pomerantz said: “She is still a huge force in pop music. Even when she is not playing, people are talking about her and speculating about her.”
Forbes also deciphered how often individual stars appeared in the media and used Starcount – a Singapore-based company that studies celebrity’s presence on 11 different social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to assess popularity and influence.
Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has accused Forbes magazine of understating his wealth.
In Forbes 2013 list of the world’s richest people, the magazine estimated Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s net worth at $20 billion, putting him in 26th place.
According to reports, the prince estimates his net worth to be $29.6 billionn, which would put him in the top 10.
Forbes said it had examined the prince’s wealth “deeply” following claims he had exaggerated his fortune.
In an article published on its website, Forbes also said that the prince often went to great lengths to affect his ranking and had complained in previous years about the valuation Forbes had put on his wealth.
“Of the 1,426 billionaires on our list, not one – not even the vainglorious Donald Trump – goes to greater measure to try to affect his or her ranking,” Forbes magazine claimed.
Citing former associates of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, the magazine said his ranking was very important to the prince.
“This is how he wants the world to judge his success or his stature,” an anonymous source was quoted as saying.
The list, published on Monday, saw Mexico’s Carlos Slim retain the top slot for the fourth straight year with a net worth of $73 billion.
The 10th spot on the list went to Bernard Arnault and family of the luxury goods group LVMH, with a net worth of $29 billion.
Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has accused Forbes magazine of understating his wealth
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s office claimed Forbes used flawed valuation methods that were “designed to disadvantage” Middle Eastern investors.
It alleged that Forbes had refused to accept the valuations of the stocks listed on Tadawul, the Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange, while it had accepted valuations of listings on other emerging markets such as the Mexican Stock Exchange.
It said that Forbes had applied “differing standards of proof for different individuals”.
The prince’s office said that it had requested Forbes to remove the prince from its rich list. It added that it had severed all ties with the magazine and would no longer co-operate with the valuation teams.
“We have worked very openly with the Forbes team over the years and have on multiple occasions pointed out problems with their methodology that need correction,” Shadi Sanbar, chief financial officer of Kingdom Holding Company, which the prince owns, said in a statement.
“However, after several years of our efforts to correct mistakes falling on deaf ears, we have decided that Forbes has no intention of improving the accuracy of their valuation of our holdings and we have made the decision to move on.”
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Company, whose shares are traded on the Saudi stock exchange, owns stakes in hotel groups including Four Seasons and Fairmont Raffles and is a part-owner of the Savoy Hotel in London.
The prince is a major investor in News Corporation and, according to Forbes, he bought a 3% stake in Twitter last year for $300 million.
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has topped Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest billionaires for a fourth year.
Forbes magazine estimates that Carlos Slim Helu, whose business interests range from telecommunications to construction, is worth $73 billion.
Carlos Slim Helu is followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates on $67 billion.
Famed investor Warren Buffett has dropped back to fourth place, with third spot going to Amancio Ortega, the founder of the Zara fashion chain.
Record profits, and a resulting surge in the share price of the holding company Inditex that he owns, has propelled Amancio Ortega from fifth place, leapfrogging Warren Buffett.
In contrast, the “Sage of Omaha” admitted last week that his Berkshire Hathaway investment company had a “sub-par” year in 2012, underperforming the S&P 500 index of US share prices for only the ninth time in its 48-year history.
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has topped Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest billionaires for a fourth year
Warren Buffett, 82, was one of seven over-70s in the 10 wealthiest people on the list, with the average age of the top 10 reaching 74 this year.
Besides Amancio Ortega, another fast riser has been Larry Ellison, the Oracle tycoon, whose software firm has risen 20% on the stock market over the last year.
There have been mixed fortunes in the French luxuries sector. Bernard Arnault, the man behind Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, saw his stock fall last year, dragging him down from fourth spot to 10th.
That put him one place behind 90-year-old L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, whose estimated $30 billion fortune has been put under custody of her daughter after a long legal battle.
The two Koch Brothers, who own a giant US industrial conglomerate and have helped bankroll the radical right-wing Tea Party movement, came in joint sixth place, with $34 billion apiece.
Li Ka-Shing has held onto the eighth position and remains the highest-placed Asian, with $31 billion. The Hong Kong-based owner of Hutchison Whampoa and Cheung Kong Holdings is the world’s biggest operator of container terminals.
Ashton Kutcher has become the best paid actor on US television, having earned an estimated $24 million in one year for his role on Two and a Half Men.
Not only did he replace Charlie Sheen in the lead role on the hit show, he also replaced him at the top spot on the Forbes TV earnings list.
Last year Charlie Sheen, who was fired from the CBS show, was paid a reported $40 million for playing Charlie Harper.
Charlie Sheen is now in Anger Management but does not earn enough to get into the top 10.
Other people who fell out of the Forbes magazine list include Steve Carell, who left The Office: An American Workplace last year.
Before his departure he was taking home $15 million for the role.
Names in this year’s list include British actor and comedian Hugh Laurie, who earned $18 million for his lead role in House.
Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey, Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory and Jason Segel of How I Met Your Mother also feature in the top 10.
According to Forbes, the estimates do not include deductions for manager and agent fees or “the other costs of being a celebrity”.
Ashton Kutcher has become the best paid TV actor, having earned an estimated $24M in one year for his role on Two and a Half Men
Forbes Top 10 best paid TV actors
• 1 Ashton Kutcher, $24 million
• 2= Hugh Laurie, $18 million
• 2= Ray Romano, $18 million
• 4= Alec Baldwin, $15 million
• 4= Mark Harmon, $15 million
• 6 Tim Allen, $14 million
• 7 Jon Cryer, $13 million
• 8 Patrick Dempsey, $12 million
• 9= Jim Parsons, $8 million
• 9= Johnny Galecki, $8 million
• 9= Jason Segel, $8 million
Oprah Winfrey has been crowned the highest female earner in Hollywood by Forbes magazine, having taken home an estimated $165 million last year.
Britney Spears is next, with earnings thought to be about $58 milion.
Taylor Swift completes the top three, only just behind Britney Spears, making $57 million in the past 12 months.
According to Forbes, Oprah Winfrey is America’s only African-American billionaire and owns the television company, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
She is also a television presenter and recently interviewed Rihanna about her relationship with Chris Brown.
Britney Spears did not make the Forbes list last year, possibly down to a reduction in the amount of her touring.
This year the pop star has performed 75 dates as well as earning money from various endorsements and her perfume line.
She has also taken a role on the judging line-up of The X Factor USA.
Taylor Swift’s place is partly down to her tour, which grossed more than $1 million per night and ran for more than 65 dates.
Other names on the list include television host Ellen DeGeneres and singers Rihanna and Lady Gaga.
Forbes’ highest-paid women in 2012:
1 – Oprah Winfrey, $165 million
2 – Britney Spears, $58 million
3 – Taylor Swift, $57 million
4 – Ellen DeGeneres, $53 million
5 – Rihanna, $53 million
6 – Lady Gaga, $52 million
7 – Jennifer Lopez, $52 million
8 – Gisele Bundchen, $45 million
9 – Katy Perry, $45 million
10 – Judge Judy Sheindlin, $45 million
In a tweet fired off on Friday, Lindsay Lohan encouraged President Barack Obama to consider lowering taxes for the one-percenters listed on the Forbes Magazine millionaires’ list.
Lindsay Lohan, 26, who has been very active on Twitter recently, was responding to a message posted by the Obama campaign following his Thursday speech at the Democratic National Convention.
“I’ve cut taxes for those who need it: middle-class families, small businesses,” the tweet read.
Lindsay Lohan encouraged President Barack Obama to consider lowering taxes for the one-percenters listed on the Forbes Magazine millionaires’ list
About 10 minutes later, Lindsay Lohan of the upcoming Elizabeth Taylor biopic Liz and Dick put in her two cents on the issue of tax cuts: “We also need to cut them for those that are listed on Forbes as “millionaires” if they are not, you must consider that as well.”
LiLo retweeted several more quotes from Barack Obama’s speech including: “I don’t believe that firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy.”
She also forwarded a plea by the Obama campaign to join the president “if you want to keep moving forward” and a link leading to Barack Obama’s re-election website.
So far, President Barack Obama has not responded to Lindsay Lohan’s economic policy proposal, and she has since removed the tweet off her page after facing a barrage of ridicule online.
While it is not entirely clear what Lindsay Lohan had in mind when she fired off the message to her 4,240,930 followers, it is assumed that she considers herself to be among the Forbes millionaires in question.
LiLo, known for her out-of-control shopping sprees and addiction problems, had an estimated net worth of $2 million last year.
Just recently, however, Lindsay Lohan made headlines after being banned from the luxurious Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles for failing to pay over $46,000 in fees.
Dr. Dre is the biggest earner in hip-hop, thanks largely to his range of headphones and audio equipment.
According to Forbes magazine’s Cash Kings 2012 list, the rapper is thought to have earned $110 million before tax, in the last 12 months.
Last year, Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, and Jimmy Iovine, chairman and founder of Beats Electronics, sold a 51% share of the company to HTC for $309 million.
The star tops the earnings list, but has not released an album since 1999.
Throughout recent years the rapper has been thought to have been working on songs for forthcoming release Detox.
According to Forbes magazine's Cash Kings 2012 list, Dr. Dre is thought to have earned $110 million before tax, in the last 12 months
The project has been delayed several times and Dr. Dre himself has announced he will be working on his Beats products instead of new material.
Other artists in the list include Diddy, who makes cash from vodka and Jay-Z who has ventures including a restaurant, basketball team and cosmetics company.
Musicians further down the list like Nicki Minaj ($15.5 million) generate earnings from endorsements and advertising, rather than just from album and single sales.
The Forbes Top 10 Hip-Hop Earners 2012:
1. Dr. Dre – $110 million
2. Diddy – $45 million
3. Jay-Z – $38 million
4. Kanye West – $35 million
5. Lil Wayne – $27 million
6. Drake – $20.5 million
7. Birdman – $20 million
8. Nicki Minaj – $15.5 million
9. Eminem – $15 million
10. Ludacris – $12 million