So Beyoncé is now a queen on an entirely different level: She’s officially the highest-paid woman in music, according to Forbes. With her pretax earnings of $105 million this past year, her financial accomplishments include a world tour that grossed $250 million, the launch of her Ivy Park fashion line, and her stock in Tidal, just to name a few.
But one can’t just make a bed from all that cash and roll around in it all day, as fun as that sounds. So how does Beyoncé spend all that money?
1. She buys insane homes. In August, it was reported that Bey and Jay-Z bought a Bel-Air mansion worth $135 million, and it features four pools, bulletproof windows, and a helipad. The 30,000-square-foot home has eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, custom fixtures imported from Italy, a 15-car garage, and an in-house spa and fitness center with a hot tub that fits 12. It was also reported that the Carters would be spending a mere $10 million to furnish the place.
But that’s not the only property Bey nabbed this year — she also helped plunk down $26 million for what’s being described as a waterfront estate in the Hamptons. It’s just a little shack with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms over 12,000 square feet, situated on a 2.1-acre lot near a nature preserve. Plus, it has an infinity edge pool, “parque de Versailles floors” created by French craftsmen, and numerous 18th-century French Louis XV carved stone fireplaces. You know, the kind of stuff you usually have in a second home.
Of course, let’s not forget that until these real estate purchases were made, she and Jay were renting a 10-bedroom, 14-bathroom villa in Malibu for a mere $400,000 per month.
2. She takes amazing vacations. OK, so maybe her anniversary trip with Jay this year was kind of pedestrian — she went to the Grand Canyon and took adorable photos with her family. Sounds like something we would do! But she’s best known for taking baller excursions all over the world, usually on some manner of yacht. Witness last year’s visit to Italy, where she and Blue wore matching outfits as they walked along stone streets and chilled on a yacht. Or when the trio went to Ibiza and Brazil for Bey’s 32nd birthday, where they once again lived the yacht life, and Bey proved that she was still one of us when she drank beer on the beach. Just look at their vacation photos. Oh, to live that life…
3. She buys Blue some amazing outfits. Blue Ivy has been slowly but surely entering the spotlight thanks to her famous mom — and what her famous mom dresses her in. Blue’s wardrobe rivals that of a multitude of A-listers who walk red carpets for a living — no surprise, considering her mama’s taste in fashion. But how many kids do you know rock a kelly-green Gucci dress for $2100, or a ruffled Dolce & Gabbana hydrangea-print chiffon gown that matches her mom’s for $545, or a butterfly and Swarovski crystal metallic Mischka Aoki dress that costs something between $8,405 and $10,637. Just one — although as twins Sir and Rumi get older, we’ll undoubtedly start seeing them in some amazing kid-friendly designer gear too.
4. She donates to charity. Of course, not every dime Beyoncé spends goes to fashion, real estate, and a rock-star lifestyle. She also gives back — a lot. During Hurricane Harvey, which hit her hometown of Houston, she and Blue served meals to those in need, and Beyoncé donated to relief efforts. She also has her own charitable organization, BeyGOOD, which partners with like-minded organizations to do things like fund scholarships; work with UNICEF to bring clean water to Burundi in Africa; and work with Jay’s charity, the Shawn Carter Foundation, to give toys to the less fortunate over the holidays. Bey has worked with and supported 31 charities to date, according to Look to the Stars, including Feeding America, Oxfam, MusiCares, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Stand Up to Cancer, and many more.
So while she may be making millions, she also spreads the wealth around to those who need it most. But what else would you expect from Queen Bey?
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