November 20, 2008

These Two are Rollin' In It...

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, Beyonce and Jay Z.  Thanks to a monster year filled with music, movies, fashion and endorsement deals, Jay-Z and his new bride, Beyonce 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.

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith hauled in some $85 million over the past year, making them No. 2 on the 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).

Rounding out the top 5 money-making couples:

#3 David and Victoria Beckham made $58 million 

#4 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill made $35 million


#5 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made 34 million


  1. Oh how I love that the top earning couples are black!

  2. Two black power couples topping the list! That's big and I love it!