Ever since Beyoncé and Jay Z began dating over a decade ago, all sorts of rumors have surrounded their relationship. But one speculation that has not reached the tabloids is that either party said “I do” for the money.
Queen Bey has her kingdom, and Jay Z has his empire; together, they ranked first on our highest-earning celebrity couples list in 2013. But they’ve been dethroned by a younger pair on this year’s Celebrity 100, which goes live on the morning of Monday, June 29th. For the first time, the list will rank the world’s top earning entertainers by annual income only, and there will only be three couples where both members make the cut.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris, $146 million
Though their relationship may be new, this pair has quickly ascended the power couple rankings. The pop singer—who boasts a loyal fan base and plenty of industry clout, recently forcing Apple to pay musicians royalties during the free trial period of its new streaming service—and the Scottish DJ both land in the top 20 on this year’s Celeb 100.
To add to their incomes, each has lucrative endorsement deals: Swift with Diet Coke, Keds and Sony , and Harris with Giorgio Armani and Sol Republic headphones. With careers that only seem to be getting bigger and bigger, these two may be setting themselves up for a longstanding place at the top of this list (that is, if they stay together).