Hollywood's Top-Earning Couples

What happens when you marry an $82 million hip-hop brand and an $80 million R&B empire? You get Hollywood's best-paid power couple. 
JAY-Z and Beyoncé Knowles
Thanks to a monster year filled with music, movies, fashion and endorsement deals, Jay-Z and his new bride, Beyoncé Knowles, collectively raked in $162 million between June 1, 2007 and June 1, 2008. The jaw-dropping sum garners them bragging rights atop our first annual ranking of Hollywood's Top-Earning Couples, a list that also includes A-list pairings Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, David and Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, among others.

In Pictures: Hollywood's 20 Top-Earning Couples 


"Naturally, powerful people tend to gravitate toward other powerful people," explains clinical psychologist and celebrity researcher Jim Houran, for reasons that range from proximity (stars hang around other stars) to familiarity (people are attracted, at least initially, to others like them) to clearer expectations (shared priorities make it easier for celebrities to relate). No matter how they get together, the results are good for the bottom line.

Take Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. They hauled in some $85 million over the past year, making them No. 2 on our list. Though Jada's resume continues to grow, Will's the family breadwinner. He raked in $80 million in the year ending June 2008, thanks to another set of top-performing blockbusters: I Am Legend, The Pursuit of Happyness and this past summer's Hancock. Together the flicks banked $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office, making him Hollywood's most bankable star.

Jada pulled in $5 million during the same 12-month period, thanks to roles as an actress (The Women), producer (The Human Contract) and businesswoman (a stake in beauty line Carol's Daughter).
Third: David and Victoria Beckham. Conquering fans on both sides of the Atlantic, the power couple brought in $58 million over the year-long period.

Becks' share was $50 million, proving the much-covered move to America has paid off for the British soccer star. Though his Los Angeles Galaxy salary was $5.5 million, the sum more than doubled when his cut of the team's ticket, merchandise and sponsorship revenues were factored in. He also pulled down a cool $35 million from lucrative endorsement deals with Motorola (nyse: MOT - news - people ), Adidas (other-otc: ADDDY.PK - news - people ), Coty and PepsiCo (nyse: PEP - news - people ), among others.

Below is Forbes’ list of Hollywood’s 20 Top-Earning Couples between June 1, 2007 and June 1, 2008. Guess which couple made the most money?

Number 20

Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson $9.5 million

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz

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Number 19

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez $11 million

Number 18

Josh Duhamel and Fergie $13 million


Josh Duhamel and Fergie (©Getty Images)

Number 17

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes $13.25 million

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Number 16

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner $14.5 million

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Number 15

Seal and Heidi Klum $15.5 million

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Number 14

Deryck Whibley and Avril Lavigne $18 million

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Number 13

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow $19 million

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Number 12

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher $20 million

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Number 11

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker $21 million

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Number 10

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart $22 million

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Number 9

Tony Parker and Eva Longoria $22.5 million

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Number 8

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman $25 million

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Number 7

Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani $28 million

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Number 6

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann $30 million

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Number 5

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie $34 million

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Number 4

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill $35 million

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Number 3

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham $58 million

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Number 2

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith $85 million


Number 1

Shawn (Jay-Z) Carter and Beyoncé Knowles $162 million

JAY-Z and Beyoncé Knowles

Source : Forbes.com


  1. "You might be poor, and unhappy; but become suddenly rich, and you will still be unhappy."

    "There are people so poor that the only thing they have is money."

    "It is easy to feel rich any time. Just count all the things you have that money can't buy."

    "A poor man is not the one without a cent. A poor man is the one without a dream."


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