We already knew Jay-Z was pretty much the man, having heard some of the inside scoop from his biographer Zack O’Malley Greenberg in his piece for us: Jay-Z & Beyonce: Perfecting the Work-Life Balance.
But here is a candid camera video of Jay-Z riding the subway to his Brooklyn gig and schmoozing with a little old lady (who happens to be in her own right an artist – who is now famous). Aww!
Jay-Z & Beyonce: Perfecting the Work-Life Balance:
In the months following a wedding, an ordinary couple might be expected to take some time off to go on a honeymoon or otherwise find a way to relax and revel in their recent nuptials. Not so for Jay-Z and Beyoncé—but then again, they aren’t any ordinary couple.
Though they did eventually sneak off for a honeymoon at a super-exclusive resort in Arizona, Jay-Z and Beyoncé had one of the busiest stretches of their professional lives around the time of their April 2008 wedding. The day before, the New York Times reported that Jay-Z was on the verge of signing ten-year, $150-million deal with concert promoter Live Nation; the day after, he flew to North Carolina to resume his concert tour. For her part, Beyoncé was putting the finishing touches on a new album.
In the two years following their marriage, both Jay-Z and Beyoncé released new albums and embarked upon massively successful international tours. But remarkably, they’ve been able to achieve something approaching a work-life balance, despite the fact that they’re two of the busiest people on the planet.
They’re frequently spotted stealing away for vacations in France, the Caribbean and elsewhere even in the midst of international tours and album recording. Being able to afford private jets is helpful, but their relationship is an interesting model to consider for those seeking advice on how to reconcile professional ambitions with personal fulfillment.
One way they make it work is by seemingly keeping suspicion to a minimum and egos under wraps. If Beyoncé is concerned when Jay-Z is seen partying with female stars like Rihanna, she does a good job of hiding it. Likewise, Jay-Z doesn’t seem to have some kind of machismo issue with Beyoncé being the primary breadwinner (this year was the first of their marriage that he out-earned her). He even bragged about her wealth on his latest single, “H.A.M.” taunting his rivals by saying they “ain’t got my lady’s money.”
Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s marriage also opened doors for both that might previously have been closed. For example, in 2004—after their relationship became common knowledge—Jay-Z purchased a seven-figure stake in Carol’s Daughter, a skin and hair care company whose products are mostly targeted at young girls. The move, which could be worth millions more as Carol’s Daughter continues to grow, probably wouldn’t have been possible if Jay-Z had still been “Big Pimpin’” when the opportunity arose.
The value of synergy isn’t lost on the lovebirds. Both make note of it in Beyoncé’s 2006 song “Upgrade U.” At one point, she outlines how she’ll help him earn more money: “I’ma help you build your account,” she says. “When you’re in the big meetings for the mil[ions], you take me in just to complement the deal / Anything you cop I split the bill. Believe me, I can upgrade you.”
As it turns out, earning money together can be a form of quality time for a couple, and few do it better than Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Zack O’Malley Greenburg is a staff writer for FORBES and is the author of the Jay-Z biography, Empire State of Mind. More info: www.jayzbook.com
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