Almost 15 years into the new millennium, and it’s already brought about rapid change. Technology has soared to heights previously unimaginable. America elected the first African-American president in 2008, and may well see the first woman to ever run for office in 2016. Although in most cases, men are typically paid a percentage more than women, there are plenty of instances where women earn more than their own boyfriends and husbands. The line between traditional roles are quickly blurring. Even stay at home dads are becoming more prevalent. It may soon be seen as the norm for women to be the bread winners of their families, and not just a notion that intimidates men. Women may slowly be taking over the world, but according to Beyonce, they’ve already been running it for a while now. Here’s a list of 10 Famous female bread winners who earn more than their significant other.
12. Jessica Alba – $40 Million
Movie starlet Jessica Alba has already accumulated a net worth of approximately $40 million, thanks to a successful acting career and lucrative endorsement deals. Her husband of 6 years, and father of her two children, Cash Warren is worth less than half as much at an estimated $10 million.
Halle Berry seems to have only dated men who earn less than she does. After a messy breakup with the father of her first child, Gabriel Aubrey (worth $4.5 million), Halle was court ordered to pay him child support payments of $16,000 a month. Her most recent husband, Olivier Martinez has a net worth of $20 million. That is approximately $40 million less than her $60 Million net worth.
Pop icon Gwen Stefani has amassed a large net worth of $80 million, next to her husband Gavin Rossdale’s slightly smaller $35 Million. The multi-platinum selling artist acquired the bulk of her fortune through a successful music career that spans over 25 years, as well as her high-end fashion line L.A.M.B, and lucrative endorsement deals.
Sarah Jessica Parker, most notable for starring in Sex And The City, as the iconic fictional character Carrie Bradshaw, is worth an impressive $90 Million. Almost $50 Million more than her actor husband, Matthew Broderick’s $45 Million net worth. In 2001, at the height of Sex And The City’s success, Sarah was earning over $3 Million per episode and reportedly earned $15 Million for the first Sex And The City movie production.
Actress Julia Roberts has a net worth of $140 Million, mainly earned through a long and fruitful acting career, having starred in notable movies such as Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich and Eat Pray Love. It’s unclear as to exactly how much her camera man husband, Daniel Moder is officially worth, but the average salary for camera men in Hollywood is roughly $67,000 a year. This would mean that Julia likely earns over 2000 times more than her less famous husband.
Pop star and clothing designer, Jessica Simpson has built a $150 Million fortune thanks to her music career, acting roles and growing fashion empire worth over $1 billion. Her husband Eric Johnson, a retired football player is worth 1500 times less, at approximately $100,000. Jessica is seemingly accustomed to earning more than her significant others; worth $35 million at the time of her divorce from Nick Lachey, Jessica reportedly asked the court to deny him spousal support.
Britney Spears married Kevin Federline while he was working as her back up dancer in 2003. At the time of their divorce, Britney was ordered to pay Kevin $40,000 in spousal support, as well as a multi-million dollar settlement. Her last relationship was with her former agent, Jason Trawick (worth $6 million) to whom she was briefly engaged. The pop icon has amassed a tremendous $200 million fortune, the source of which includes a very successful music career, popular fragrance lines and a recent Las Vegas residency contract.
Since the onset of her career, Jennifer Lopez has never dated a man with a higher net worth than her own. Her marriage to Marc Anthony (worth approximately $20.8 million) lasted 5 years. Her most recent relationship was with dancer Casper Smart worth a reported $1 million. That is 250 times less than Jennifer’s $250 million net worth, the bulk of which was earned through her flourishing music and acting careers.
Shania Twain sang her way from devastatingly humble beginnings, to an enormous $350 million personal fortune. The singer-songwriter was married to music producer Mutt Lange (worth $225 million) for 17 years, until his affair with her best friend and secretary; whose salary is undoubtedly much less intimidating than Shania’s. Her latest husband, Frederic Nicolas Thiebaud works as a business executive for Nestle, and it’s unclear as to how much his net worth is.
Multi-platinum selling musician Mariah Carey is worth an astounding $500 million, due mainly to her long and prospering music career. Her husband of 6 years, and 12 years her junior, Nick Cannon is worth a contrasting $20 million. The comedic actor often jokes about who wears the pants in the relationship, once tweeting: “‘I thought I was fly in my Lambo until we pulled up to her Plane! #RealBoss #PowerCouple #LuckyDude #GottaGetMyS*** Together.”
Best selling author, J.K. Rowling never dreamed of the billion dollar empire that her Harry Potter series would some day amass, during her days of poverty while receiving social assistance. 17 years after the release of the first installment of the chart-topping books, the author is worth over $1 billion and counting. Her husband of 12 years, Neil Murray worked as an anesthesiologist when they first met. The average salary for an anesthesiologist in the UK is £110,000-£210,000.
Self made billionaire Oprah Winfrey is quickly approaching a net worth of $3 billion. The former talk show host has been with her long-time life partner, Stedman Graham (worth $10 million) for 28 years. In an interview for O magazine, Oprah admits to having accepted a marriage proposal from Stedman in 1993, but eventually changed her mind, claiming: “I don’t have cold feet—my feet are stuck in a cement block surrounded by ice!” The engagement was called off, but the two have remained a couple ever since.