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Hollywood’s Top-Earning Power Couples

January 19, 2010

source: Forbes & WM27

Brat Pitt, Angelina Jolie, David Beckham Victoria Beckham, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart
topics: Couples

The true test of a relationship is building an empire, starting from the ground up, sacrificing time, money and sweat combined with proper planning, navigation, merging of the minds of course making sure what you’ve built “together” does’nt come tumbling down..its not easy not by a long shot, very few can pull such things off, here’s the rounds of those who have.

Jay-Z and Beyonce earned a combined $122 million between June 2008 and June 2009. (WireImage)Forbes LOS ANGELES — The indisputable king and queen of the hip-hop prom are Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles. The couple, who quietly married in 2008, not only produce and sing some of the biggest hits on the charts (including “Single Ladies” and “Empire State of Mind”) but they oversee clothing lines, perform around the world, and endorse products from companies like American Express and Budweiser.

All that hard work has paid off. Between June 2008 and June 2009 the couple earned a combined $122 million putting them squarely at the top of our annual Top-Earning Couples list.

See the Full List Hollywood’s Top-Earning Couples

Our list includes actors, musicians, and professional athletes. We talked to agents, managers, producers, and lawyers to determine what celebrities earned from staring in movies, touring, selling albums, playing professional sports, creating lines of clothing and perfumes, and appearing in ads.

Jay-Z and Beyonce both contribute significantly to their joint earnings. Last year Beyonce out-earned Jay-Z, bringing in $87 million to his $35 million. (The couple also topped last year’s list with $162 million. About half of that came from each star.)

For the couple in second place on our list, it’s more about his big payday. Harrison Ford and his girlfriend, Calista Flockhart, earned a combined $69 million, $53 million less than Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Almost all of that came from Fords work in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Ford and producers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made a unique deal with Paramount on the movie that gave them a significant portion of the film’s earnings after the studio broke even. As a result Ford eared a jaw-dropping $65 million for putting back on Indy’s trademark fedora. Flockhart earns for her work on the TV show “Brothers & Sisters.”

In third place: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The power couple earned a total of $55 million split about evenly between them both. Pitt had one of the biggest hits of his career last year with “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and Jolie has embraced her inner action hero with 2008’s “Wanted” and the upcoming film “Salt.”

Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, rank fourth with $48 million. Smith is perhaps the last of the great movie stars. Even in recessionary times he still can demand a $20 million paycheck. Pinkett Smith has a burgeoning career of her own. She voices Gloria the hippo in the popular “Madagascar” films and last year produced “The Secret Life of Bees.”

The Smiths(Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith)would earn even more if we were including whole families. Their daughter, Willow, appeared in “I Am Legend” with her dad and did voice work with her mom on “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” Jaden Smith co-starred with his father in “The Pursuit of Happyness” and will star in the upcoming remake of “The Karate Kid.”

Rounding out the top five are David Beckham and Victoria Beckham. The pair earned $46 million between June 2008 and June 2009. The vast majority of that comes from David Beckham, who plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He is also playing for A.C. Milan and could appear in his fourth World Cup this summer.

wow at Brad Pitt going to be 50 in 4 more year, he still is sexy and our swaggariffic gentleman Will Smith will be 42 years old this year, these two classic fellas have it down to a science when it comes to Swagg. For the ladies “Posh” spice she just does it for me elegance at its finest, the epitome of fierce!

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. webmaster35 permalink
    February 12, 2010 12:41 pm

    Bey babee girl ditch that camel and get with my hump! on some real ish though thats the only photo the look nice together in, the rest thats i`ve ever seen are garbino

  2. Brooke permalink
    February 5, 2010 2:30 pm

    The names on the list are really handling their business right now.

  3. Tee permalink
    February 4, 2010 1:57 am

    And what I must add is.. lol!! Out of that $122 millon that Jay and Bey earned as the power couple that they are.. Bey earned $87 million to Jay’s $35 million … haha! Love it! Girl power! Jay better get in that kitchen and cook Bey some steak! lmaoooooooo!!! =)

  4. February 3, 2010 7:21 pm

    @ Tam it be like that sometimes, being a power couple or any couple for that matter is a great thing although they say with great love comes great pain…maybe this is true, but if you have that “special bond” dont trade it for nothing in the world. Hold on to that special somebody regardless of whats going down, when times get rough clutch a little tigher.

  5. Tam permalink
    February 2, 2010 10:10 pm

    They look happy on the surface, who knows what lies beneath

  6. Janine permalink
    January 23, 2010 9:45 pm

    Much respect to Beyonce & Jigga man, best of luck to them both on all future endeavours

  7. January 22, 2010 2:40 pm

    Good notice Row (I did’nt even see that one) wonders whats that all about? The Obamas are the “MOST POWERFUL” couple right now

    they run the country!

  8. Fplfstr1 permalink
    January 21, 2010 1:00 pm

    Jay & Bey is Hollywood’s King and Queen of hip-hop- right now also their the highest paid celebrity couple in the biz.

  9. Rowanna permalink
    January 21, 2010 9:19 am

    The list is missing a couple, The Obamas Hello!

    • January 21, 2010 8:55 pm

      you most def right about that Row.

  10. January 19, 2010 10:14 pm

    Definately a very powerful couple. Will and Jada, big-ups to them as well..they are such a beautiful couple.
    All of these couples are very POWERFUL. The word “POWER” says it all.

  11. January 19, 2010 9:55 pm

    I imagine it would be, nothing of value is every easy though
    got to stay focused and dont lose sight of your goals after all anythings possible.

  12. ThaOne23 permalink
    January 19, 2010 9:12 pm

    BEING ON THE GRIND FULL FORCE IS A HEAD ACHE

  13. January 19, 2010 8:48 pm

    @ Raquael
    They do seem to have that special “something somethin” making it do what it do and seem to really work well together

    @Keisha
    Hey mami? so you like to bend it like Beckham huh? they photography extremely well

  14. Keisha permalink
    January 19, 2010 5:51 pm

    The baddest mami blazin through this spot, Beckams & Smiths definately got it on lock.

  15. Raquel permalink
    January 19, 2010 5:11 pm

    My favorite couple is Mr. and Mrs. Smith! hahaha When I think of them, they seem to be together for an eternity! And they do seem perfect for each other.

    kisses! :*

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