Which celebrity couple is worth over $1 billion - and why?

Step aside David and Victoria Beckham, because there's a celebrity power couple which makes the £500m fortune of Team Beckham pale into insignificance. The mega-wealthy superstar couple are Beyonce and JayZ, and their wealth has just been estimated at a jaw-dropping $1.16 billion (£895 million).

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According to Forbes, Jay Z has pulled his weight particularly effectively, and is now worth £625 million. His enormous wealth comes as much from impressive money-making decisions as from his musical prowess.

Years ago he invested in Uber, and among his most successful ventures are his Armand de Brigand champagne, D'Usse cognac and entertainment company Roc Nation. The latter brings together artist management, a sports agency and a record label. The company also recently launched an arm called Arrive - to invest in start-ups.

Both Jay Z and Beyonce also have a significant stake in music streaming service Tidal.

Beyonce is worth £270 million, much of which comes from her enormously successful music - including her multi-award-winning album Lemonade - and massive sell-out tours (complete with merchandise sales). However, she hasn't limited herself to income from music alone. Like any artist, she has a string of endorsement deals, from L'Oreal and H&M to Toyota and a range of vegan meals - along with a successful range of perfumes. She also runs a management company, Parkwood Entertainment, and a clothing brand called Ivy Park.

The Brits giving them a run for their money

The enormous wealth of the pair, perhaps, doesn't come as a huge shock. They have, after-all been near the top of the pile of celebrity couples for years (only challenged by Giselle Bundchen and Tom Brady - and Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris when they were together). What does come something more of a shock is that even this fortune is a drop in the ocean when compared to the money some far less rock and roll couples have amassed in the UK.

Forget Philip and Tina Green, among the most impressive are Douglas and Dame Mary Perkins, who each own 50% of Savers and are worth a combined £1.6 billion. Then there's Chris Dawson, the founder of The Range, and his wife Sarah, who between them are worth £1.9 billion. One of the most striking facts about Chris is that he left school unable to read or write.

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Murray already has a handful of multi million-pound endorsement contracts – the largest of which is his current five-year deal with Adidas, worth up to £15m, according to Forbes. He is also the face of sports brand Head, Swiss watchermaker Rado and RBS bank.

The Sun now speculates that his Wimbledon victory will see his potential earnings soar to £100m.

A mutually beneficial yet rocky partnership, Jamie Oliver's 11-year stint as the face of Sainsbury's is thought to have earned the celebrity chef more than £10million.

Demonstrating the power of celebrity endorsement, when Oliver suggested that home cooks grate nutmeg over spaghetti bolognese – part of Sainsbury's "try something different" promotion – the supermarket sold nine tonnes of the spice, an amount equivalent to the previous two years' sales.

Former pop diva Myleene Klass shed her Hearsay days to build her own personal brand and become one of the faces of Marks & Spencer from 2007 to 2012, before leaving to become brand ambassador for Littlewoods.

Klass was reportedly paid £1million a year to front M&S and one ad campaign, starring Klass and Dannii Minogue, was credited with boosting year-on-year sales by 5.3%.

The former football star's 20-year association with Walkers Crisps, which runs until 2015, is one of the most successful and long-running endorsement deals involving a sporting celebrity.

Lineker has received his fair share of criticism for putting his face a behind junk food brand, but the relationship has seen him net a reported £1.5million a year and boost sales of Walkers from 1.34 billion to 2.75 billion in the first seven years of Walkers' 'No More Mr Nice Guy' campaign.

With her alleged drug scandal all but forgotten, Topshop boss Sir Philip Green signed up Kate Moss to design a line for his highstreet fashion brand in 2006. The UK deal was said to net Kate somewhere in the region of £3 million and she was credited with boosting Topshop sales by more than 10%.

The eighth highest paid athlete in worldwide sport, brand Beckham drew in
$37 million in endorsement deals in 2012, according to Forbes, dwarfing his $9million earnings from the sport.

During his 20-year career he has fronted Emporio Armani, Breitling, Adidas, Police, Gilette and Pepsi, and attention doesn't look set to wane despite his recent retirement. New additions to his endorsement portfolio include Burger King, Sainsbury's and Samsung; he also launched his Bodywear line in 2012 with H&M as a partner and signed a lucrative five-year contract as an ambassador for Sky.

With her conviction of assault on a nightclub toilet attendant brushed firmly under the carpet, the Geordie girl can do no wrong – first voted World's Sexiest Women by men's mag FHM in 2009 then landing a £500,000 global advertising deal with L'Oréal Paris.

The Girls Aloud singer and X Factor judge continues to front the French beauty brand, who describe the star as a 'leading style icon.' Indeed Cole has graced the cover of British Vogue twice, the first time becoming the highest ever-selling February issue in the title's history.

As one of the most marketable drivers in Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton was unveiled as the £10 million face of sports clothing manufacturer Reebok in 2008. The lucrative deal lapsed when he joined Mercedes because of the team's existing deal with Puma, however many more advertisers are now vying for the attention of the 28-year-old 2008 Formula One World Champion.

Golden Girl Jessica Ennis witnessed her earnings soar after her stunning performance at the London 2012 Olympics.

Adidas started as Ennis' most valuable sponsor – with her pre-Olympic contract reported to be worth £320,000 annually. However the heptathlete is now reported to be earning in the region of £5million from sponsorship deals with Jaguar, Coca-Cola-owned Powerade, Satander, Sky Sports, Omega watches and Procter & Gamble's skincare brand Olay, in addition to private medical insurance providers PruHealth and PruProtect.

Golden Girl Jessica Ennis witnessed her earnings soar after her stunning performance at the London 2012 Olympics.

Adidas started as Ennis' most valuable sponsor – with her pre-Olympic contract reported to be worth £320,000 annually. However the heptathlete is now reported to be earning in the region of £5million from sponsorship deals with Jaguar, Coca-Cola-owned Powerade, Satander, Sky Sports, Omega watches and Procter & Gamble's skincare brand Olay, in addition to private medical insurance providers PruHealth and PruProtect.

The supermarket chain signed up Blumenthal and fellow celebrity chef Delia Smith in 2010 on lucrative three-year contracts to front the brand through adverts and promoted recipes, as well as lending their name to dishes sold by Waitrose.

Waitrose dropped Delia in January 2013 but hangs on to Heston – likely due to the monumental success of his 'hidden orange' Christmas pudding. When it launched in 2010 the chain's entire supply of 25,000 puddings sold out within weeks, leading subsequent years stock to be stripped from supermarket shelves and sold on eBay for up to 15 times their retail price.

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