Dedicating the majority of your time to attaining fame and wealth beyond your wildest dreams is undoubtedly an exciting lifestyle to lead, but it sure can get lonely at the top. Imagine how wildly thrilling it would be if the universe saw fit to place love on your path in your vocational pursuits. Someone equally as devoted to their success as you are to yours. Your male or female counterpart; a match made in heaven. Why, in a union like that, you’d inevitably be prepped for world domination. Such power. Such fortitude. Such influence. It almost sounds too good to be true, but here are 14 examples of just that.
12. Michelle & Barack Obama – $24 million
It’s already been 6 years since Barack and Michelle Obama made history by becoming the first American family to occupy the White House. With President Obama currently commanding the most powerful position in the free world, and Michelle’s philanthropic endeavors within the realm of childhood obesity, the pair are a force to be reckoned with. In 2011, Michelle enlisted the help of global superstar and 1/2 of another power duo on the list, Beyonce, to help promote Michelle’s Let’s Move campaign geared towards fighting childhood obesity. For the campaign, Beyonce remakes her music video for the hit Get Me Bodied, in a child friendly manner to encourage exercise. In his election night victory speech, Barack announced, “I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too, as our nation’s first lady.” The couple have a combined net worth of $24 million.
11. Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively – $55 million
After meeting in 2011, on the set of the blockbuster hit Green Lantern, handsome couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively managed to keep their relationship under the radar for quite some time, before officially announcing their wedding in 2012. Ryan has a total of 4 feature films due out next year which include, Criminal, Woman In Gold, Selfless, and Mississippi Grind, while wife Blake has 2 films due out next year; the much anticipated The Age of Adalaine and La Corrispondenza. The pair are expecting their first child together in 2015, and are worth a combined $55 million.
10. Hilary & Bill Clinton – $101.5 million
With long time rumors of former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, vying for office in the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election, former President Bill Clinton could potentially be the nation’s first ever First Man. Bill has reportedly earned $73 million within one year just from public speaking, commanding up to $750,000 per speech. Hilary’s fee is a more modest $200,000 per speech, but that could change drastically after 2016, if all goes well. Approaching their 40th year of marriage, with a rocky past of scandal and infidelity behind them, Hillary and Bill combined to be worth $101.5 million count as one of 2014’s most powerful couples.
9. Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck – $110 million
Movie star couple Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck manage to lead a very quiet life away from the public eye, raising a family of 3 since 2005. The Hollywood heavyweights are already approaching their 10th year of marriage, having met in 2003 on the set of Daredevil, and together are worth a combined $110 million. The Argo director accredits the true enjoyment of his success to his family, maintaining that having a wife and children make success much more meaningful. Ben will be the latest actor to take on the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, due out in 2016, The Justice League Part One announced for 2017, and The Justice League Part Two speculated for release in 2019.
8. Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher – $170 million
Originally a couple on the hit comedy series That 70’s Show, life wouldn’t imitate art for Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis for a whole 8 years after the show’s cancellation. The two reportedly didn’t get along while working with each other for 8 seasons, but soon after ending the long term relationships they were previously in, sparks suddenly began to fly after reconnecting. The soon to be newly weds recently welcomed a baby girl this year, and are worth a combined $170 million. Ashton is reportedly the highest paid actor in television for the 3rd year in a row, for his role on Two and a Half Men, earning $750,000 per episode.
7. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West – $195 million
What do you get when one of the most successful rappers in the world unites with the highest earning reality television star of all time? Kimye. Presently known as the most talked about couple in the media, newly weds Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are worth a combined $195 million. Kim Kardashian West was recently named the most searched name on the internet, in 2014. Kim’s fashion empire with sisters Kourtney and Khloe generates annual sales between $200-$300 million, which includes DASH! boutiques, and The Kardashian Kollection for Sears. The fashion designing pair are considered a power couple for their heavy influence and popularity among the youth and public at large, so much so that Kanye’s clothing line (in collaboration with A.P.C.) offers a plain white t-shirt devoid of any insignia or image, which retails for $120, and actually managed to sell out almost immediately. No one man should have that much power indeed.
6. Will Smith & Jada Smith – $260 million
Big box office draw Will Smith and actress wife Jada Pinkett Smith have been married since 1997. The couple have 3 children between them, 2 of which they share. While much speculation is given to the secret to their successful 17 year union being due to a supposed open marriage, Will and Jada have both separately denied such reports. After reprising his role as Agent J in the blockbuster hit Men In Black 3, 10 years after the last installment, Will is reportedly working on another 2 long awaited sequels; Hancock 2 and Bad Boys 3, expected within the next couple of years. The power pair are worth a combined $260 million.
5. Brangelina – $385 million
A-listers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, better known as Brangelina, recently made things official by tying the knot this year after 10 long years together. The power pair have 6 lovely children between them, 3 of which were adopted. Over the years, we’ve seen Angelina Jolie evolve from Hollywood bad girl to doting mother and philanthropic activist. The movie stars are set to appear along side each other on film, in the movie By The Sea, due out sometime in 2015. This will be their second time on screen together in 10 years, since their work on Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Worth a combined $385 million, the couple are widely acknowledged as Hollywood royalty.
4. Gisele Bundchen & Tom Brady – $410 milliom
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and wife, highest paid runway model in the world Gisele Bundchen, have been married since 2009. The professional athlete has played with the Patriots for over 14 years now and is the title holder of 2 Super Bowl MVP awards. With 3 Super Bowl wins under his belt, the football player is one of the highest paid athletes in the world, at $26.5 million a year. The Brazilian supermodel whose annual salary is a reported $45 million, and her beau are the parents of two young children. The couple possess an estimated combined net worth of $410 million.
3. Victoria & David Beckham – $650 million
Formerly known as Posh Spice of the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham has been married to retired professional athlete David Beckham, for 15 years. The former pop star is better known today as a fashion designer, running a mega successful fashion empire which generates annual sales upwards of $95 million and contains pieces and handbags ranging from $600-$6000. David recently retired in 2013, after a successful career as a professional English footballer. The long time couple have 4 kids between them, and possess an impressive combined net worth of $650 million.
2. Beyonce Knowles & Jay -Z – $ 1 billion
Known as one of, if not the highest earning couple in the music industry, the power pair that is Beyonce and Jay-Z, recently became billionaires thanks to the success of their latest tour, On The Run. Despite sudden rumors of alleged infidelity and an impending divorce, the two are reportedly very close to closing the deal on their $85 million dream home. Together for 12 years and married for 6, the couple are widely acknowledged as hip-hop royalty. Parents to a beautiful baby girl born in 2012, the icons are reportedly hoping to expand their family in the near future.
1. Melinda & Bill Gates – $80 billion
As the wealthiest couple to make the list, the Gates are worth an estimated $80 billion. Microsoft founder Bill has again, been named the richest man in the world for the 15th time since 1994. The pair are co-founders of The Bill and Melinda Foundation, one of the biggest and most generous private foundations in the world, estimated to have donated over $3.4 billion in the last year alone. To date, the richest couple in the world have donated a total of $28 billion, $8 billion of which goes specifically towards the improvement of global health. The power duo have placed forth a tremendous amount of effort towards eradicating Polio by 2020. Bill and Melinda have been married for 20 years and have 3 kids together.