By Liz W. on March 19 2014
Celebrity status comes and goes. One day you own a sports team, the next day it’s gone. One year you’re at the top of your game in Hollywood, and a few years later bankruptcy court forces you to sell your mansions, cars and jewelry. Some celebrities pair up with other celebrities and make their wealth last year after year. Who were the top earning fabulous five last year?
Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z
They’re beautiful, smart and rich. Not only did they earn $95 million between June 2012 and June 2013, according to Forbes, but these two famous musicians continue to build a business around their wealth. He let the Brooklyn Nets go, but then founded sports agency Roc Nation Sports. She continues to forward her singing career via tours, while also working her fashion and perfume lines.
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady
Instead of ending up with a cheerleader, this quarterback married Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen. This is one gorgeous couple! They earned an estimated $80 million with Gisele actually pulling in a bit more than her hunky husband. Gisele pads her modeling earnings with ownership in a Brazilian footwear company, while Tom earns his keep via football and endorsement deals. They have a mansion in L.A., a condo in Manhattan and they are eyeing Boston as well.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
“Brangelina” hits the third spot with combined earnings of roughly $50 million. These two seem to do everything differently. Angelina and Brad are activists. They founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation to help eliminate extreme poverty, protect natural resources and conserve wildlife. They are celebrities with a cause who earn most of their money through film, instead of building large industries around their fortune.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Mila and Ashton are cute-as-a-button. These Laker fans are not yet hitched, as are the couples in the first three spots, but they are engaged and they couldn’t be happier. They worked together on “That ‘70s Show.” However, their relationship wasn’t confirmed until 2013. They both have TV and movie success to the tune of a combined $35 million in estimated earnings.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
What don’t we know about Kim and Kanye? They’re under the spotlight like no other couple. Her success came from being a television personality, designer, model and actress. He is a top hip hop artist and celebrity in the music industry. Together, they made an estimated $30 million and are engaged to be married just before their daughter’s first birthday.
Being famous is hard on relationships. Celebrity relationships are constantly tested. Fans want to know what Hollywood couples are up to, and rumors fly all the time. It is extremely difficult to be in the public eye, and celebrity break-ups are practically a daily occurrence. The five couples listed above have stood the test of time so far and have flourished financially by earning top wages in their highly competitive fields. Which couples do you think will still be on top next year?