Beyonce tops Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list for 2014
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
When she broke off from Destiny’s Child, she was first featured on Jay-Z’s single “03 Bonnie & Clyde” about a runaway love affair. Later the two collaborated on her “Crazy in Love,” which gave rise to her alter-ego, Sasha Fierce.
“You know we were friends first for a year and a half before we went on any date on the phone for a year and a half,” she told Oprah Winfrey. “And that foundation is so important in a relationship. And just to have someone that you just like is so important and someone that is honest.” (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images / Courtesy)
When Beyoncé appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter in 2013 to promote her “Life Is but a Dream” documentary, Oprah said: “I remember the first time you were on the Oprah show, I told you, ‘Don’t go around telling people who you’re dating.’ I think you took that all the way. Don’t tell people who you’re dating, but you can tell people who you’re married to, OK?” (People.com / Courtesy)
The music moguls haven’t offered a direct explanation of the name choice but Bey did share a limerick on her website that potentially clarified the choice. They added on “Ivy” because of the significance of the number 4 -- or IV. Both of them were born on the 4th of their respective birth months and the couple was married on April 4, 2008.
A few days after she was born, Jay-Z dedicated the song “Glory” to his daughter and the track featured her cries, so he credited her as “B.I.C.” ( Ed Burke for Beyonce.com / Associated Press / Courtesy)
She later kicked off a Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans belting out the national anthem. She then confirmed her use of the pre-recorded track during the inauguration because she was a “perfectionist,” adding that she “absolutely” planned to sing live during the Super Bowl halftime show. And she did. (Win McNamee / Associated Press / Courtesy)
While promoting the doc, she said “I would not be the woman I am if I did not go home to that man.” (Larry Busacca / Getty Images / Courtesy)
Jay-Z and Beyonce look up at the scoreboard during an NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A. Clippers in Oklahoma City.(Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press / Courtesy)
“I want to thank God, I mean, a little bit for this award, but also all the universe for conspiring and for putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life,” the rapper said. Then he tipped his gilded gramophone on it side and added, “I want to tell Blue, ‘Look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you!’” (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / Courtesy)
Looks as if Beyonce no longer has cause to sing “Why Don’t You Love Me?”: The pop star has topped Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 list.
The “Drunk in Love” songstress bested her husband, Jay Z, who came in sixth on the fame-meter, thanks to her surprise visual album “Beyonce,” massive Mrs. Carter World tour, endorsement of brands including Pepsi and H&M, her fragrance and clothing lines and other entertainment-related business endeavors, the financial mag said.
The Grammy-winning Destiny’s Child alum is estimated to have earned $115 million between June 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014.
Forbes makes its selection based on earnings and fame and gives an at-length explanation of its algorithm and calculations, which use information provided by lawyers, producers and agents, music sales, upfront pay on movies and endorsement work, and social media presence, the mag said. Taxes, agent fees and other expenses associated with being a celebrity are not factored in.
The 32-year-old diva bested TV queen Oprah Winfrey — who topped the list in 2013 but dropped to No. 4 this year — and continues the tradition of pop divas reigning supreme: Jennifer Lopez was No. 1 in 2012, and Lady Gaga clinched the top spot in 2011.
Bey and Jay Z just kicked off their “On the Run” joint stadium tour, which will likely see the dollars rolling in steadily for both musicians.
In April, Blue Ivy’s mom was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people, locking down the main cover of the mag’s annual issue.
Here are this year’s top 10. For the whole list, click here.
2. Miami Heat star LeBron James
3. Music mogul and Beats founder Dr. Dre
4. TV personality and lifestyle guru Oprah Winfrey
5. Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres
6. Rapper Jay Z
7. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
8. Pop star Rihanna
9. “Roar” singer Katy Perry
10. “Iron Man 3" star Robert Downey Jr.
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