- (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)
R&B singer Beyonce shocked the world when she revealed her pregnancy during her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 28.
Now that the world is getting used to the fact that the star is going to be mom, many are beginning to speculate about how much money she and husband, rapper Jay-Z could earn from their first bundle of joy.
Celebrities usually stand to make a lot of money when they have children.
Magazines go into bidding wars, offering millions of dollars for the first public shots of A-list babies.
"Beyoncé has got a million-dollar baby on her hands," founder of the publicity firm Mark Allen & Co and former editor of OK! Magazine, Mark Pasetsky told E! Online.
"It will be at least a million. She's is a very well-loved star, this is her first baby and she's popular around the world."
E! Online speculates that Queen B and Jay-Z are probably already receiving lots of baby swag from various magazines, including clothes, bags, furniture, bottles, toys and other accessories; all in the hope that they will be chosen for the exclusive first shots.
By the time the baby is born, he or she may have accumulated tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars of gifts and supplies, E! Online notes.
However, as a brand in herself, Beyonce is estimated to be worth between $115 million to $300 million. Therefore, neither she nor her baby will need any of the money or gifts that may be offered to them.
Some celebrities are known to have earned sizeable amounts for their babies’ first photos, while many others are known to have not accepted any pay or have donated any proceeds to charity.
Actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise didn’t take any money from magazine Vanity Fair for the first exclusive shots of daughter Suri in 2006.
Pop singer, Pink gave birth to daughter Willow Sage in June and donated the money she and motorcycle racer husband Carey Hart earned from releasing photos to various charities as the Ronald McDonald House and Autism Speaks.
Some of the most famous baby photos out there are that of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s twins Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon, for which it is reported that People Magazine paid $11 million in 2008.
Only time will tell whether or not Beyonce decides to cash in on her new baby.