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Beyonce, Jay Z are top earners

Beyonce and Jay Z have proved they are a match made in heaven, after they topped a list of highest earning celebrity couples.

The Crazy In Love music-makers, who have topped the charts individually and together, showed their partnership extended to beyond the recording studio when they came number one on Forbes.com's list.

Collectively, they banked around 95 million US dollars (£59 million) in the 12 months between June 2012 and June 2013, mostly from Jay Z's Watch The Throne tour and album and Beyonce's Mrs Carter world tour, but also their other interests, including the rapper's sports agency and the singer's fashion and fragrance ranges.

Brazilian supermodel Gisele and her husband, American football star Tom Brady came second on the list, with an annual salary of an estimated 80 million US dollars (£50 million), from their day jobs and endorsement deals.

Screen stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt took third place after making around 50 million US dollars (£31 million) in estimated earnings.

Despite never officially confirming their relationship, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis were in fourth spot, banking around 35 million US dollars (£22 million) followed by new parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who made an estimated 30 million US dollars (£18.7 million) in joint earnings.

Forbes.com writer Dorothy Pomerantz said: "Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles are so much more than just the first couple of hip-hop: they're a combination of two of the savviest businesspeople in entertainment."

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