Beyonce and Husband Jay-Z Top Vanity Fair’s Power Players ListBy: Meaghan Ellis - October 8, 2013
Its definitely that time again for Vanity Fair. The 2013 unveiling of “The New Establishment” has been released. The ever-popular list encompasses 25 candidates including prominent musicians, business magnates, CEOs, and fashion designers. However, it’s no surprise who tops the list this year.
First they topped “Forbes: Most Powerful Couples” list last month. Now, they’ve taken over Vanity Fair. That’s right! Beyonce and Jay-Z head the list of elite ‘power players’ in this year’s “New Establishment.”
“The New Establishment” determines ranks based on global conquests, professional accolades, financial growth, and notable business mergers and acquisitions. The list also features an entertaining “Off the Clock” column for each candidate, which equates to a “Things You Didn’t Know” briefing that offers little known facts about those in discussion.
The ’03 Bonnie and Clyde’ jumped up an impressive seven spots from last year’s Vanity list where they landed in the No. 8 slot. Earning approximately $95 million last year, the power couple has definitely made great strides on stage and in the board room.
Beyonce kicked the year off with a jaw-dropping Super Bowl performance that took the world by storm. However, the Super Bowl performance actually served as just a mere teasing prelude to her “Mrs. Carter” tour, which sold approximately $2 million a night.
Jay-Z also garnered a massive financial gain with the “Watch the Throne” tour with rapper, Kanye West. As one of rap’s most highly publicized tours, it brought in an estimated $1.4 million a night in the United States alone. His latest 30-day stadium tour, “Legends of the Summer” also grossed an estimated $69.75 million collectively.
The dynamic duo also had a number of other business investments that raked in sizable profits. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation empire and Beyonce’s House of Dereon clothing line both saw financial gains over the past year. Jay-Z also sold his share in the Barclay Center and the Brooklyn Nets for a decent profit. However, Jay-Z’s most recent feat was the success of his latest album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” The album was certified platinum by the RIAA before it even hit stores due to the success of the Samsung pre-order deal he acquired months prior to the album’s release.
The power couple also has a total of 34 Grammys collectively, coincidentally winning 17 a piece. The steep number of wins is definitely a record-breaking, unprecedented feat.
The “Off the Clock” column in “The New Establishment” also revealed fun facts about the couple. According to Vanity, Beyonce informed GQ Magazine that she’s actually had a ‘mini-reality documentary’ of her personal life in full swing since 2005. Jay-Z also revealed, in a light-hearted moment while tweeting, that his favorite cereal was Cap’n Crunch.
Although, the world may see them as ‘superheroes’ Queen Bey and ‘Jay Hova’ are just humans like everyone else. They just ‘happened’ to top the Forbes list and Vanity Fair.
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