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Beyonce and Jay-Z are the world’s highest-paid celebrity couple

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Jay-Z and Beyonce became parents to a baby girl on Saturday night.

By Anderson Antunes, Forbes contributor

It’s been a tough year for celebrity couples. From Katy Perry and Russell Brand to Heidi Klum and Seal to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher and, ultimately, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the love affairs of the rich and famous seem to be falling apart everywhere these days. Still, there are some couples out there in Tinseltown and beyond who have not only managed to stay strong but are also laughing all the way to the bank together.

Take Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z, for example. Last year’s runners-up on the list of The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples, the duo has now climbed one spot to top this year’s ranking. Knowles, who took a break from her hectic touring schedule in 2011 to give birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter, still collects big paychecks from old hits. Besides, the singer’s new album went platinum in the U.S., not to mention her non-musical ventures and endorsement deals, which all helped to bring her total earnings between may 1, 2011 and may 1, 2012 to $40 million, according to data from the latest Celebrity 100 list.

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And as the male half of music’s first couple, Jay-Z isn’t far behind his wife. The hip-hop mogul made millions from “Watch the Throne,” his musical collaboration with pal Kanye West, and even more from the tour that followed. Add to that a bevy of non-musical enterprises such as ad firm Translation and cosmetics company Carol’s Daughter and the result is a staggering $38 million that he has brought home in twelve months, putting the couple’s annual income at $78 million.

Coming second on the list are last year’s winners Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady. The 32-year-old supermodel remains an unparalleled force within the fashion industry, racking up modeling gigs, endorsement deals and independent licensing ventures that bank her some $45 million a year. Brady, on the other side, this year became just the second quarterback after John Elway to lead his team to five Super Bowls, only to be defeated at the hands of the new York Giants and failing to win a fourth ring.

Don’t feel sorry for him, though. Apart from his four-year, $72 million contract extension with the new England Patriots that runs through 2014, Brady is also following on his wife’s footsteps and signing modeling gigs with the likes of under Armour and UGG Boots. On the field and off it, he made $27 million, hauling a total of $72 million along with Bundchen between may 2011 and may 2012.

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The other royal couple from England, David Beckham and Victoria Beckham grabbed the third place on the list. Still strong on his hard quest to popularize soccer in America, Beckham re-signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS in January for another two years. but the player’s pot of gold is his endorsement portfolio, which includes Burger King, Sainsbury’s and Samsung. As the world’s highest-paid soccer player, he makes about $46 million a year.

And it seems like mrs. Beckham, who’s preparing for a Spice Girls reunion performance at the London Olympics, is on her way to catching up with her husband when it comes to earnings, thanks to her passion for fashion. Victoria’s eponymous clothing range is a success, generating over $40 million annually in sales, with growth at double-digit rate. Victoria’s kickback on her fashion line of wool dresses and $3,000 purses, plus other sources of income such as royalties from Spice Girls’ hits, puts her annual earnings at $8 million — a total of $54 million for the Beckhams.

Hollywood’s most famous couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, came in fourth on the list, with a combined $45 million annual income. Pitt earned his third Oscar nomination this year for “Moneyball,” but yet the bigger news was his proposal to long-time partner Jolie. Balancing arty pictures like “Tree of Life” with his life as a tabloid target, he folded about $25 million. Also a tabloid-friendly celebrity, Jolie earns millions from big studio flicks, residuals and endorsement deals for companies like Louis Vuitton. Only between may 2011 and may 2012, the actress cashed in some $20 million.

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Last but certainly not least are superstar Will Smith and his wife, the also actress Jada Pinkett Smith. After taking a short break from the big screen, Smith came back in a big way. The star of “Men in Black 3” (box office: $619 million worldwide and counting) and “After Earth,” an upcoming science-fiction thriller film directed by M. Nigh Shyamalan which co-stars his son Jaden, Smith is one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors, earning $30 million between may 2011 and may 2012.

Jada also had a good year, thanks mostly to her part on the movie “Madagascar 3: Europe’s most Wanted,” which grossed over $500 million worldwide. One of many celebrities to invest a combined total of $10 million in Carol’s Daughter, a line of beauty products created by Lisa Price, she has also acted as a spokesperson for the brand. her earnings have totaled $10 million this year, making hers and Smith’s combined annual salary $40 million.

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    Hartnett: Rangers Pass Islanders Audition, Bigger Tests To Come

    ‘Rangers inside And Out’By Sean Hartnett» More Columns

    The Rangers won in thrilling fashion over the Islanders on Sunday night but it’s just the first of many tests ahead that will prove just how legitimate their Stanley Cup chances actually are.

    After suffering three consecutive road losses, questions being asked began to grow louder. are the Rangers capable of maintaining their first place pace? can their powerplay woes be solved? are their highest-paid stars earning their paychecks?

    Sunday night’s overtime victory shed some light on whether the Rangers can put it all together. the Blueshirts’ two most highly-paid stars stepped up when it mattered to earn the Rangers a much-needed two points and put some of their issues on the back-burner.

    Brad Richards was heavily involved and blasted two powerplay goals past Evgeni Nabokov and Marian Gaborik of course, scored the overtime winner with 5.8 second remaining.

    Brian Boyle spoke about the Rangers’ mentality after the game and the importance of Gaborik and Richards stepping up. “there wasn’t any panic, I guess we were confident,” he said.

    He continued, “we were pretty poised throughout, I think we made some good plays at key times. Richie was a horse tonight, Gabby was huge. Obviously, that’s a big goal for us. They’re going to carry us and they took a big chunk of pressure off of us. It was fun to be a part of,” he explained.

    Head coach John Tortorella was pleased by the way his team kept their cool to achieve victory. “I think the thing I like most about it is the way we won. the situation we’re in as a club, it’s a good way to win a hockey game. we kept our patience. I’m glad the way the team stayed together, didn’t panic and just kept on grinding away and found a way to win a game,” he stated.

    The key word with the Rangers is their resiliency. They’ve proved their mettle throughout the season and it is their greatest strength. while it is important to have those characteristics, sometimes it isn’t enough against more talented opponents.

    Doing it against the mistake-prone Islanders is one thing but hanging with a star-laden team like the Pittsburgh Penguins is another. If Sidney Crosby is inserted into the Penguins’ lineup on Thursday, it will be an even tougher challenge for the Blueshirts.

    We’ll definitely know after Thursday’s game how playoff-prepared the Rangers are and whether some of the positives from Sunday will continue.

    The improved powerplay was certainly a positive but it will be tested in upcoming match-ups against the Penguins, Devils and Red Wings. Mats Zuccarello made a big impact on his NHL return and seemed to impress his teammates with his skillful work on the powerplay.

    Richards described Zuccarello’s play. “He’s a smart player. with that much ice, he’s very effective out there. He’s a heady player who makes some great plays and doesn’t panic with it,” he mentioned.

    Boyle was pleased to see Zuccarello contribute right away. “He’s a great kid. He works hard and is just a fun guy to be around. We’re really happy for him. He helped us tremendously tonight and he’s really gifted offensively. He’s a talent and helped us win the game,” he said.

    I asked Boyle about Zuccarello’s potential long-term impact on the powerplay.  Boyle stated, “He can help it, I think he’s got a gift offensively and can see the ice really well. He makes some great plays and we’re gonna need him to do that.”

    Tortorella used Zuccarello primarily on the powerplay but also spent some time playing even strength. throughout his time in the NHL, his defensive attributes have been questioned and I made a point of asking Tortorella if he can see Zuccarello getting more even-strength opportunities.

    “We’ll see. I’m not sure where it all fits yet. We’ve just brought him back here today. We’ll see what happens as we go through,” Tortorella responded.

    One player who has undoubtedly stepped up is Carl Hagelin who played significant minutes on the penalty kill in place of injured captain Ryan Callahan. Brad Richards has served as a mentor to Hagelin during his rookie season and is impressed by Hagelin’s ability to learn on the fly and sees more coming from him.

    “He’s playing great. We’ve seen that all year. Every since he came up, he keeps getting better. I love playing with him, found some chemistry with him and we’re working together and talking. It’s a new experience for him to play that many minutes in the NHL. Coming out of college, he’s handling it very well and you can see there’s more to his game that keeps coming,” Richards explained.

    Tortorella also views Hagelin as a player who can continue to learn and develop other aspects of his game. “He did a good job. Speed is a very important thing and he’s learning to do the other things in the game. If he keeps his head on straight, he could be a really good player,” he stated.

    The Rangers need to prove that their win over the Islanders can translate into victories over tougher opponents during this homestand.  Otherwise, questions about their legitimacy in the playoffs will reemerge.

    Rangers fans, are your Blueshirts putting it back together or should the victory over the Islanders be taken with caution?  Share your opinions below and send your tweets to @HartnettWFAN.

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