For centuries, men have been expected to make more than their wives. The man was seen as the breadwinner in the family, and even if his wife had a part-time job, it was assumed that the responsibility of handling the household bills was his. Times have definitely changed, and there are many women who make more money than their husbands these days. Some studies have shown that this can cause problems in a marriage. However, when both people in the relationship are bringing in millions of dollars per year, it’s like neither one of them is nit-picking about the other person’s salary.
On the other hand, when the woman in the relationship is much more famous than her husband (which usually means she makes more), and is seen on red carpets and magazine covers, the financial gap can be a bit of a strain. At least, that’s what the media would like us to believe in some cases. If nothing else, it makes for an interesting story. These couples seem to be doing pretty well, even though their salaries are uneven, and those who are having marital troubles likely wouldn’t cite money as one of their issues. Here are 11 celebrity wives and girlfriends who make more than their partners.
11 Keira Knightley
Keira Knightly made her debut in the soccer-themed movie Bend It Like Beckham, and has also appeared in Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Duchess and Love Actually. Needless to say, she makes millions. However, her husband James Righton only made 5,000 British pounds in one year. Knightley is used to dating guys who are in the same salary range as her (she dated actor Rupert Friend for five years), so many see her relationship with her musician husband as true love, since the definitely doesn’t make as much as her. Righton was a member of the band Klaxons, so it’s likely the band decided to call it quits after it wasn’t very profitable to stay together. Hopefully, Righton will find another great gig soon.
10 Gisele Bundchen
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been pretty popular in her industry for quite some time. She was even known for her long-term relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio. A few years ago, Bundchen married football player Tom Brady, who looks like a model himself. Brady got a $30 million signing bonus with the New England Patriots, but that’s no match for his wife’s $47 million in profits this year. This beautiful couple was also in some hot water earlier this year during the Deflate-Gate scandal. Rumor has it that one of the reasons Brady had his four-game suspension revoked is because fans wanted to come see just how stunning Gisele is in person.
9 Anna Faris
Anna Faris has had guest spots on television shows (remember when she played Monica and Chandler’s surrogate on Friends?) and she currently stars in the CBS sitcom, Mom. You may also remember her as Cindy Campbell in Scary Movie. Farris was already pretty well known before she met her husband Chris Pratt, when the two were on the set of Take Me Home Tonight, in 2007. Pratt made his big break in 2009 when he played Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation. The role was only supposed to be temporary, but Pratt was so impressive that he became a regular character on the show. Chris Pratt has also taken on the role of Captain America in Avengers, but he has yet to catch up to his wife’s paychecks.
8 Kate Moss
Supermodel Kate Moss makes around $7 million a year, according to Forbes. Her husband, Jamie Hince, definitely doesn’t make that much, but he’s far from a starving artist. Moss has been in the modeling game for quite some time, and was discovered in the late 1980s at New York’s JFK airport. So, it’s only right that she’d be a millionaire by now. Kate Moss has also not been without her share of scandal. She was accused of having an eating disorder several times due to her frail frame, but denied being anorexic. She also had a cocaine scandal, but a year after the incident, she made a comeback by signing with companies like Rimmel, Virgin Mobile and Burberry.
7 Anne Hathaway
Since Anne Hathaway came on the scene in 2001 when she starred in The Princess Diaries, she’s become one of the most successful actresses of our time. Her credits include The Devil Wears Prada, Brokeback Mountain and Les Miserables. She met fellow actor Adam Schulman through mutual friends in 2008, and the couple have since tied the knot. Hathaway is worth about $35 million, and Schulman doesn’t make nearly that much, but he does own a jewelry company called James Banks Design. Adam has also appeared in movies like The Dukes of Hazard and has a small part in The West Wing.
6 Gwen Stefani
When musicians Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale met in 1995-- he was the more well-known celebrity. Gwen’s band, No Doubt, was the opening act for Gavin’s band, Bush. Seven years later, in September of 2002, Stefani and Rossdale got married in London. That was also the year Bush broke up, but No Doubt continued going strong. No Doubt took a break a few years later, and Gwen went on to pursue some successful solo projects, like her album Love.Angel.Music.Baby, which ranked #7 on the Billboard charts. Stefani is worth about $100 million these days, while Gavin Rossdale is worth about $35 million, even though Bush has gotten back together and released two albums.
5 Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts, who is often called America’s Sweetheart, had a few high-profile relationships with men who were much richer than her husband Danny Moder. Roberts has been linked to Matthew Perry, Liam Neeson and Kiefer Sutherland, and was even once married to musician Lyle Lovett. In 2000, Julia met Moder on the set of The Mexican, and they were married two years later. Moder has also been the cameraman for movies such as Mona Lisa Smile and Spider Man 3. Roberts can demand up to $25 million per movie and is one of the world’s highest paid actresses. However, she told The Express that she doesn’t care that Moder makes less money. She states that she’s always been a simple person, she just has “this flashy, wacky job.”
4 Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson is the owner of a $1 billion empire, and most of it is due to her successful clothing, shoe and accessory line. Jessica also made a significant amount of money as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, and appeared in a few movies, including a modern remake of The Dukes of Hazard. Simpson’s husband, Eric Johnson, is an ex-football player, and can’t compete with his wife’s salary. It’s probably not much of a competition, though, since both of them make pretty good money. The couple has two children, and it’s pretty safe to say the kids are well taken care of financially.
Beyonce Knowles has proven once again that she’s the reigning queen of music by topping the Forbes Celebrity 100 List. She’s made over $115 million as of June of this year, and she’s not slowing down any time soon. Her husband, rapper and businessman Jay-Z, is number 6 on the list, so he’s not too far behind in salary, making $60 million this year. This is yet another reminder that Beyonce pretty much rules the world. But it’s not likely that the couple’s daughter, Blue Ivy, will be deprived of anything she wants, since both her parents are ultra-famous music moguls.
2 Jennifer Aniston
Barely anyone knew who Justin Theroux was when superstar Jennifer Aniston started dating him. Aniston has been a household name since 1994, when she starred as Rachel Green for a decade on the hit sitcom Friends. The show is one of the most popular of all time, and at the end of its run, Jennifer Aniston made $1 million each episode, which made her, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow the highest-paid TV actresses of all time. After Friends ended, Jennifer starred in movies like Marley &Me, Along Came Polly and Horrible Bosses. She and Theroux met before they started dating, but when they appeared in Wanderlust together, the chemistry became evident. Theroux had a small role and Jennifer was one of the stars, but that didn’t stop them from falling for each other. The couple is now married, after a long engagement and much speculation. Aniston is worth $150 million, and Theroux’s net worth is approximately $4.5 million.
1 Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has long been the queen of all things media, and claims the #4 spot on the Forbes 100 list. She’s made over $80 million in this year alone, so it would be difficult for anyone to keep up with that. Winfrey’s long-term boyfriend, Stedman Graham, is a successful author and businessman, so he makes a very good living. However, his girlfriend is worth more than $3 billion, so it’s likely he’s not trying to match her salary. The two make way more than most people, and appear generally happy for each other’s success, which is probably part of the reason they’ve been together for decades.