This probably won’t come as much of a shock to you, but Beyoncé and Jay-Z are very rich. Like, “I swim around in literal pools of money” rich.
But have you ever taken a moment to daydream about just how much money Bey and Jay have in their accts. Let’s break down where all their dough comes from.
Beyoncé is the big winner when it comes to single sales, having (so far!) brought home $26 million in digital singles, while her husband has earned “just” $23 million. Aw. But Jay-Z trumps Bey when it comes to album sales: he’s made an impressive $27.5 million, while Beyoncé has “only” made $13 million.
If you’re surprised to learn that Jay’s album sales exceed Bey’s, consider the fact that his biggest hits came out well before digital streaming was really a *thing*—meaning it was more common for people to buy full albums. (Remember the days of browsing CDs at the mall?!) But that’s just a theory. Either way, let’s all take a moment to get in formation.
Bey and Jay are currently deep into their On the Run II tour, which Billboard projects will make $200 million. Their first (much shorter) On the Run tour reportedly earned $5 million per show, grossing a total of $95 million. Jay’s 2017 4:44 tour grossed $48.7 million, and Beyoncé had the highest-grossing tour of 2016, earning $256 million.
Remember when Beyoncé and her mom Tina Knowles started House of Deréon? Well, sadly that stylish venture is no more, but Bey’s fashion bug rose from the ashes like a Phoenix and gifted the world Ivy Park! Her debut collection nearly sold out the second it hit Topshop, so Beyoncé undoubtedly took home a hefty profit. And speaking of profits, lest you forget she also launched her own perfume line back in the day. As of 2013, she’d sold $400 million worth of fragrance.
These days, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are kiiiinda too cool for your basic celebrity #spon (the moment I see Beyoncé use an #ad hashtag is the moment I give up), but Bey still has plenty of endorsements under her belt. She’s worked with brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Armani, but of course, nothing beats her $50 million deal with Pepsi, which she inked in 2012.
Beyoncé isn’t really acting these days (wait, scratch that, she’s definitely going to win an Oscar for playing Nala in the upcoming Lion King live-action movie), but over the years she has been in a handful of movies, most of which were made by studios that don’t disclose salary information. Based on reports that Jamie Foxx’s salary for Dreamgirls was in the multi-millions, we can expect that Beyoncé made a boatload of money, too. Though, there is that little thing called ~the wage gap~ to consider.
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