Beyonce vs. Jay Z: Who Made More Money in 2016?

2016 sucked for just about everyone whose name doesn’t start with “B” and end with “-eyonce.”

We’d say it was a pretty good year for Donald Trump, too, but let’s face it: 

The man never wanted to be president, and now he has to eat dinner with Mitt Romney without making a single comment about the waitress’ ass for fear of offending Mitt’s Mormon sensibilites.

Looks like we’ve veered slightly off topic. Let’s get back to Bey.

Beyonce & Jay On Stage image

While for the rest of us, 2016 was the year of Oh God, why is this happening?! for Beyonce it was the year of Lemonade.

Bey’s confessional “visual album” turned actual album turned wildly lucrative tour brought in huge bucks and introduced us all to Becky With the Good Hair. 

In case you somehow missed it, Bey strongly hinted that Jay Z cheated on her throughout the album, and we imagine things were a little awkward around the Carter household in the days after its release.

In the week’s after Lemonade became an overnight sensation, fans often joked that Jay was probably cool with being publicly called out due to the amount of money his incredibly successful wife brings in.

Beyonce and Jay Z dressed up

There may be some truth to that, but the fact remains that Jay still does very, very well in his own right.

In fact, the hip hop legend earned almost as much as Bey this year, despite not touring or releasing an album.

According to Forbes magazine’s list of the year’s highest-ranking musicians, the Carters (once again the only husband-and-wife team to make the list) are worth something in the neighborhood of $1 billion.

One would assume that Bey would easily out-earn her husband given how dormant he’s been on the music scene, but Jay still rakes in royalties from 20 years worth of classic jams.

On top of that, this year saw him pulling in huge bucks from his investments in D’Usse cognac and Ace of Spades champagne.

In total, Jay earned about $53.5 million in 2016, just shy of Beyonce’s total income of $54 million.

Forbes made no mention of the losses Jay may have sustained from his involvement in the Tidal fiasco, but something tells us the Carters will be just fine.

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