Rich and famous are two words that are frequently bandied about in tandem. Generally famous people are rich, but those who are rich are not always famous. Combine the two and there are hundreds of celebrity couples who fill that bill.
The list of the top earners who have the highest net worth seems to change a bit each year, but a few couples, such as Beyonce and Jay Z, are always somewhere between on the top 10-15 rankings. A 2013 Forbes article listed the couple as the highest earning celebrity couple around, bringing in an estimated $95 million that year alone.
However, earnings and net worth are two completely different numbers. The definition of annual earnings doesn't require much explanation, as it is simply one's annual income. Estimated net worth is a completely different animal, as it is the difference between one's total assets (such as stocks, bonds and other owned properties), less liabilities (such as loans/liens). The difference between assets and liabilities is what provides the net worth figure.
Have you ever wondered exactly which celebrities rank the highest in net worth? Read on to see our list of the top twelve - we think there are a few that will surprise you.
12 Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart - $234 Million
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart met while attending the Golden Globes in January 2002. After eight years of dating, the couple finally wed on Valentine's Day in Sante Fe, New Mexico on June 15, 2010. Even with their 20-year age spread, this power couple seemed a match from the beginning. Calista is best known for her role on the hit series, Ally McBeal (1997 - 2002). Her estimated net worth is $24 million, while husband Harrison Ford, who is best known for starring in Hollywood's biggest blockbusters like Indiana Jones and Star Wars, is apparently worth $210 million. Combined net worth of $234 million puts them among the highest earning celebrity power couples.
11 Will & Jada Smith - $260 Million
Will and Jada Smith met on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990). Seven years later they got married (1997). The couple remains together even though their names seem to be entangled in a constant stream of rumors. The biggest rumor came up in 2011, when the couple was purportedly getting a divorce and had separated. Any way you cut it, they are one strong Hollywood power couple. Even without counting their talented children's net worth, Will's is estimated at $240 million and Jada is at $20 million, giving the couple a total net worth of $280 million. With their talents and in-roads, we see their assets continuing to grow.
10 Barbra Streisand & James Brolin - $390 Million
Barbra's voice isn't the only thing that put her on the highest earnings list, she is also an actress extraordinaire - even recently in her hilarious role as sex-therapist, Rozalin Focker, mother of Ben Stiller's character Gaylord Focker. This talent comes with a price and her estimated net worth is currently $340 million. Handsome hubby, James Brolin, who is best known for his television roles, starting with Marcus Welby, MD has an estimated net worth of $50 million, which gives this couple a combined net worth of $390 million.
9 Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen - $431 Million
Gisele Bundchen was quoted in US Weekly stating "I knew Tom Brady was the one straightaway." Tom was quoted in Details magazine reporting "This friend told me he knew a girl version of me." It all started in 2006 when the couple was set up on a blind date. Three years later they were married and from all media accounts, they continue to live a loving and über rich lifestyle. Today, Brady is 37 and Bundchen is 34-years-old and together they make up one of the richest couples in the world. Brady's net worth is estimated at $131 million and Bundchen's record worth is off-the-charts at $300 million, which makes this perfect couple's combined income $431 million.
8 Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt - $440 Million
Obviously, this is one of Hollywood's power couples, so they are sure to have a spot on this list. Surprisingly, they are not the top earners, however with six children it is a miracle there is time left to work. Currently, Brad's net worth is estimated at $240 million and Angelina's at $200 million which gives them a combined net worth of $440 million. There is nothing surprising about this couple's earnings as they are constantly trying to push their careers further, behind and in front of the cameras.
7 Tiger Woods & Lindsey Vonn - $603 Million
Even with all of those messy years behind him, Tiger Woods always comes out on top. With an estimated net worth of $600 million, Woods is still on his game. Lindsey Vonn has had quite a run of success herself as a member of the United States Ski Team; she has won four World Cups, most recently in 2012. According to the Daily News, the athletic twosome hooked up around 2012-2013 and may even be close to hearing wedding bells this year. Although Woods is taking a bit of a break from golfing, it's clear money is not a worry for this duo. With Vonn's estimated net worth of $3 million added to his, their combined net worth of $603 million puts them almost at the top of heap.
6 David & Victoria Beckham - $650 Million
David and Victoria Beckham have one of those marriages that is publicized as being happy and serene. Both celebs were already at the top of their game before they met in 1997. They were engaged in 1998 and married in 1999 in Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. Victoria has become a break-out fashion designer while David continues to shine as a football hero. Their combined net worth continues to grow and is currently estimated at $650 million.
5 Jay-Z & Beyonce Knowles - $1.08 Billion
According to hollywoodlife.com, Jay Z and Beyonce are working to put their relationship back on track. In 2014 there were reports of big problems between the two, but the media buzz that followed made it clear that Jay Z's promises to give it his all has made a difference. Of course, no one can really say what goes on behind closed doors, so it is anyone's guess. Surely, they don't stay together for financial security, right? It's no big surprise that this Hollywood power couple is close to the top of the list, with both having almost equal amounts in estimated net worth. Beyonce comes in at $536 million while Jay-Z's is estimated at $550 million, yes that's right, together this couple is worth over $1 billion.
4 Holly Valance & Nick Candy - $1.3 Billion
For those who are unfamiliar, Holly Vance is an Australian singer/actress best known for her role on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Not long after, she released Footprints, her first album. Nick is one of the Candy brothers who founded one of the most prestigious interior design firms in the world that caters to heads of state, oligarchs and very rich entrepreneurs. Together Holly and Nick have a combined net worth of $1.3 billion, which continues to increase, as the couple is still young and upwardly mobile.
3 Janet Jackson & Wissam Al Mana - $1.15 Billion
Janet hasn't needed to earn a dime in many years, as financial success for the songstress came at an early age. Being the extremely talented baby girl in the Jackson family came with opportunities that helped Janet skyrocket to the top in short order. Face it, the woman does not need anyone else's money. So we strongly believe her union with billionaire Wissam Al Mana in 2012 was for love. Al Mana runs his family's retail business, which reps luxury brands, such as Dior Homme, Alexander McQueen and Hermes and is mega-wealthy. Between Janet's projected net worth of $150 million and Wissam's of $1 billion, this couple is truly one of the wealthiest couples in the world.
2 Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw - $3.52 Billion
This Hollywood couple has been together since Kate Capshaw played the character of Willie Scott in the Indiana Jones Temple of Doom movie that was directed by Steven Spielberg. According to a report in the dailymail.co.uk, the couple has been married for around 24 years and are still very affectionate and loving towards each other. Kate has not worked in many years, but still has a reported net worth of $20 million, while the estimation on Spielberg's net worth is $3.5 billion and continues to increase. Together, the combined net worth is $3.52 billion.
1 Salma Hayek and Francois Pinault - $13.985 Billion
Francois-Henri Pinault is the CEO of the luxury conglomerate, Kering, which owns some of fashion's hottest brands, like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other high-end apparel and accessory brands. Salma Hayek is a talented actress and now wife of Francois and according to an article in US magazine, she couldn't be happier. They've been married since 2009 and are still going strong. Between Salma's estimated net worth of $85 million and Francois-Henri's $13.9 billion, the couple has made it the number one spot on our list. Viva l'amour!