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Beyonce, Jay-Z Named Highest Paid Celebrity Couple in 2012

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Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia play during the Men's Final on Day Fifteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Power couple, indeed!

It’s no secret that Beyonce and Jay-Z are a famous force not to be reckoned with, and according to this year’s Forbes’ “Highest Paid Celebrity Couples” list, the duo is smiling all the way to the bank.

Having earned a whopping $78 million combined, new parents Beyonce, 30, and Jay-Z, 42, who have been married for four years, are at the top of 2012’s Hollywood money-making pyramid. Right on their tails, however, is 2011’s richest couple: Tom Brady, 35, and Gisele Bundchen, 32, who brought in $72 million together.

Related: PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay's romance

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City.

Among the hip-hop pair’s highlights between May 1, 2011 and May 1, 2012: welcoming their first daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 7, Bey’s “Live at Roseland” DVD release and her post-baby concert debut four months after giving birth, and Jay-Z’s uber-successful Watch the Throne album release and world tour with collaborator, Kanye West.

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As far as which breadwinner brings in more dough? It’s neck and neck. As reported by Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list earlier this year, Beyonce is worth $40 million while her husband can boast $38 million. (They’re listed as #16 and #38, respectively.)

Related: PHOTOS: Beyonce's sexy post-baby style

Rounding out Forbes’ top five richest couples of 2012: David and Victoria Beckham ($54 million), Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ($45 million) and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith ($40 million).

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