As the Kardashians eye up being the first reality billionaires, celeb earnings are bigger now than they ever were. Power couples are conquering Hollywood one cuddle at a time, and if you're standing on the red carpet alone, nobody wants to know you. If you thought earning millions on your own was a big deal, it's nothing compared to what you can net as a duo. Celebs are joining forces for the biggest money-maker there is: being together.
We all know how short celeb marriages can be. Britney Spears couldn't hold out more than 55 hours, and Kim K called the lawyers in just 72 days into her marriage to NFL player Kris Humphries. Amazingly, though, the actual earnings of celeb couples might surprise you. The frontrunner isn't always the bread winner, and just because you're the most photographed, it doesn't mean you're able to afford the rent. From actors to music stars, the bank balances of these celebs aren't what they seem, although by the time they've counted their millions, there's always the chance they might already be divorced. Some are raking in six figures in a split-second. Others are netting up to $100 million from movie franchises. Before you get too comfortable with familiar faces though, give this a read. Here are 20 celebs who make way more money than their famous partners.
20 BEYONCE'S $104 MILLION IS MUCH MORE THAN JAY-Z'S INCOME
Beyonce and Jay-Z were made for each other. Their birthdays and wedding were both on the 4th of the month, and even their daughter Blue Ivy was named after the Roman numeral "IV" that makes up her name. You might still be gawking at the combined $147 million Forbes reported these two raking in over 2017, but one of them is earning way more than the other.
Jay-Z might be one of the industry's most-established rappers and producers, but it's his wife Beyonce who's bringing home the bacon.
The same report put $104 million as the figure this singing sensation earned that same year, so if you thought it was "Jay-Z and Beyonce," we've got news for you: it's the other way round. Beyonce's Pepsi endorsements, tours, and album sales are likely why she can splurge on the $80,000 diamond-encrusted barbies People reported she bought for Blue Ivy. Sorry, but Jay-Z? Jay who?
19 KIM K IS RAKING IN TRIPLE WHAT KANYE DOES
Kim Kardashian has made no secret of the fact that she's one of Hollywood's highest earners.
In 2016, she famously tweeted that she was "transferring $53 million into our joint account," and that was just from her video game, Kim Kardashian Hollywood.
Kim K can earn $500,000 per sponsored Instagram post, and she's making her husband Kanye look broke. According to Harper's Bazaar, Kim rakes in $21.2 million in a year, while Kanye trails behind with $17.8 million. Her KKW Beauty line sold out in just three minutes, and this woman doesn't get out of bed for less than six figures. The couple may have purchased their $20 million Bel Air mansion together, but it's a no-brainer figuring out who put down the deposit.
18 MEGHAN MARKLE TECHNICALLY EARNS MORE THAN PRINCE HARRY
Here's a weird one. You'd think that Prince Harry would be way richer than his fiancée actress and soon-to-be royal, Meghan Markle.
While Prince Harry technically has more bucks to his name (a reported $25 million according to The Daily Mail), his salary as a Prince is way lower than what Meghan Markle was earning on the TV show Suits.
Meghan's pay according to The Daily Star was $50,000 per episode. Prince Harry's paycheck as a pilot in the British Army Air Corps was around $45,000. Of course, these two are set for a life of luxury in a British palace, but just remember that Meghan technically earned more than him.
17 ELLEN DEGENERES MAKES PORTIA DE ROSSI LOOK LESS FORTUNATE
Ellen DeGeneres is one of the few Hollywood multi-millionaires who's kept it real. The Ellen Show host hasn't let her millions get in the way of her casual dress sense and fun persona though, and we love her for it.
$77 million is the figure Forbes reported Ellen bringing in over 2017, making her one of the highest-paid TV show hosts of all time.
Ellen is married to the Australian model and actress, Portia De Rossi. Together, they make an awesome and very cute couple, but Portia's reported annual salary of just $3 million (according to People) is making her look relatively broke. The two live together in an $18 million Californian mansion, but you don't need to be a genius to figure out who paid for the pad.
16 A-ROD IS SET TO OVERTAKE J-LO
When one of sport's biggest faces gets together with one of the richest faces in music, you know it's going to end with big bucks. While you're probably thinking there's no way A-Rod could overtake Jennifer Lopez, you're actually wrong.
J-Lo may have a net worth of $360 million, but she's gotten together with someone who is set to retire with $480 million, according to Forbes.
The New York Yankees star told ESPN Today that he would retire after the 2017 season, but between his bonuses and home run hauls, he's already surpassed his salary expectations. J-Lo may have contracts like Louis Vuitton and L'Oréal backing her up, but she's going to need to up her game to beat her man.
15 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SUPPORTS JESSICA BIEL
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been together since 2007, and with the cutest baby on the planet, they're rock solid. The singer dad brought home $57 million in 2014 according to Forbes, making him one of the world's highest-paid musicians. We all know that actresses these days earn a fortune, but Jessica Biel's income feels positively modest compared to her husband's.
Jess earned $1 million from her Shock and Awe movie in 2017, with an estimated net worth of $18 million. That might buy you some dope penthouses, but it's nothing compared to Justin's $225 million.
The two married in an intimate Italian ceremony in 2012, so three guesses who paid for her $100,000 wedding dress.
14 KYLIE JENNER EARNS 50 TIMES WHAT TRAVIS SCOTT DOES
Kylie Jenner may be the youngest Kardashian, but she's set to be the richest. The 20-year-old new mom has a lot on her plate. Still, with her Kylie Cosmetics line turning $420 million in 2017 sales according to Forbes, it's not surprising that she's buying $1.4 million Ferraris. Kylie shocked the world earlier this year with the surprise announcement of her baby girl, Stormi Webster, but what about her baby daddy, Travis Scott?
According to TMZ, hip hop artist, Travis is worth between $4 million and $8 million. With Kylie set to be the first Kardashian billionaire though, she's earning 50 times what her baby daddy is.
Her four Hidden Hills mansions and designer purse closets are living proof, and she's getting richer with every new Instagram follower she gets. Travis will need to accept that this is a relationship where Kylie wears the trousers.
13 GISELE BUNDCHEN IS RICHER THAN TOM BRADY
Supermodels these days are a big deal. When they marry high-earning quarterback players, the dual income can get insane, and that's certainly the case with Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady. The couple are reportedly worth a joint $420 million according to GlobalBankingRates, but one of them is earning way more than the other.
According to Forbes, the Brazilian model earned $47 million in 2017, while Tom Brady's signing bonus for his New England Patriots extension was just $30 million. Definitely impressive, Tom, but not a patch on your beautiful wife.
12 EMMA WATSON PROBABLY PAYS FOR CHORD OVERSTREET'S RENT
Yes, being a Harry Potter star will make you rich. How rich? For Emma Watson, a sweet $60 million total, according to Forbes. The British actress has blossomed from a cute kid into a beautiful woman, and she's even the face of the fashion label Chanel.
Emma is currently dating Glee star, Chord Overstreet. While they make a very happy couple, Chord's relatively miserable pay probably means that Emma is paying for all the coffees (and most likely Chord's rent). The show's top-earning actors were reportedly paid $125,000 an episode according to The Hollywood Reporter, but that was for heavyweights like Zooey Deschanel. Chord will never catch up.
11 GWEN STEFANI EARNS MORE DOUGH THAN BLAKE SHELTON
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have been lucky in love, but they've also been lucky in money. The pair are reportedly worth a joint $160 million according to GlobalBankingRates, but this is just one more relationship where the girl is earning way more than the guy.
Gwen's punk-meets-doll image, sellout albums, and clothing lines earned her $55 million in the last few years according to Forbes. Her country music star husband may earn $4 million per cycle as a judge on TV show, The Voice, but Gwen is $100 million richer than he is. Guess it's good that Blake has farm lifestyle and jeans as his roots...
10 MICHELLE OBAMA IS SET TO EARN MORE THAN BARACK OBAMA
You'd think that quitting your job would mean making less money, but that's not the case for former President, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama.
After eight years in The White House, this duo are making more dough than they did in-office, and Michelle is set to be the frontrunner.
Barack's annual pension is around $200,000 according to Newsweek. That might sound like a lot, but it's also the exact same figure Michelle can earn from a single public appearance or speech. According to Business Insider, Michelle has already earned just that from speaker fees. Basically, this lady can just open her mouth and make millions. Michelle is a huge advocate for feminism and equal rights, so we'll assume she's more than happy with the family's financial arrangements.
9 MILA KUNIS NEEDS TO TIPTOE AROUND ASHTON KUTCHER
To be fair, when you have millions in the bank, who's bringing more home isn't a massive issue. For acting couple, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, though, the difference in earnings is pretty significant. Mila is definitely climbing the ranks, with a 2016 paycheck of $11 million according to Forbes, but Ashton is steaming right ahead. As of May 2017, Ashton's net worth was $200 million. His salary on sitcom, Two And A Half Men was around $800,000, but Ashton doesn't just bring in the cash from acting.
He's got investments all over the place–from social media to Uber, and it's making Mila look less fortunate in comparison.
Mila's family moved to the US from the Ukraine with just $250 to their name, so we'll give this stunner the respect she deserves.
8 TRISTAN THOMPSON'S EARNINGS ARE DOUBLE KHLOE KARDASHIAN'S
Hold on–is this a Kardashian who doesn't have "making more money than you" as her slogan? Apparently so. Khloe Kardashian and Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson are expecting their first child together, although just a few days ago, The Daily Mail reported that Tristan had been filmed cozying up to an unknown woman at a New York City bar.
While you might think Khloe's millions from her Good American line, endorsements, and salary on Keeping Up With The Kardashians would make her the richest one, it's actually the other way around.
Tristan's $82 million contract gives him an average salary of $16.4 million a year–way more than Khloe has earned. We're assuming her "momager" Kris Jenner wouldn't be too pleased.
7 MIKE FISHER SITS UNDER CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Carrie Underwood is definitely enjoying her rise to fame. The country singer is worth is worth a reported $90 million according to The Daily Mail, and her girl-next-door smile is laughing all the way to the bank. It's a little less lucrative for her husband, former NHL pro, Mike Fisher, though. He is worth just $30 million, although that leaves plenty of room for his $139,000 blue Porsche and vintage Corvette.
Carrie is currently one of the highest-paid stars in the music industry. The former American Idol judge can earn $31 million in a year–enough to pay for her 2010 Ritz-Carlton resort wedding to Mike. The two also have an adorable son, although he's too young to have any concept of how rich he'll be.
6 KRIS JENNER SHOULD HOLD CHARITY CONCERTS FOR COREY GAMBLE
Kris Jenner is one hard-playing "momager." The 63-year-old executive producer and businesswoman spends most of her time managing her five famous kids, and she gets a sweet cut of the profits. Kris has been divorced twice, but she's still in the dating game. That said, she seems happy dating someone with a lower profile, and that's certainly the case with her man, Corey Gamble.
Kris' 2016 earnings came in at $11.5 million according to Forbes, although with Kylie and Kim exploding, she's likely to be making way more. Her boy toy talent manager Corey only has a net worth of $2.5 million, though. Corey gets a lot of flack with suggestions that he's only dating Kris for the fame and fortune, but Kris is a smart woman. Presumably, she sees something real in him.
5 VICTORIA BRINGS HOME THE BACON IN THE BECKHAM HOUSEHOLD
With a net worth of $450 million, Victoria Beckham isn't just any old ex Spice Girl. The fashionista and entrepreneur has a fashion label that's worn by Michelle Obama and Eva Longoria, and this mom of four is one rich lady. GlobalBankingRates put her and husband, David Beckham's net worth at an insane $900 million, but Victoria is bringing in more than her soccer player partner.
David Beckham continues to earn a fortune as LA Galaxy's star, but he'll soon retire. Meanwhile, Victoria's millions are set to continue as her fashion line develops, and she's way more popular on Instagram than David is.
Victoria is earning more than David, but with $900 million to their name, it's unlikely their four kids will ever have money troubles.
4 KATY PERRY PROBABLY BUYS FLOWERS FOR ORLANDO BLOOM
Katy Perry sure did live out the name of her "Teenage Dream" song, and the pop icon has made millions from her career. The Daily Mail reported that she makes $32.9 million a year, but what about her beau, Orlando Bloom?
Together, they pooled $38.5 million in 2017, but a whopping 85% of that was earned by Katy.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor may be well-paid, but his 2017 income of $5.8 million is a bit embarrassing compared to his girlfriend's. Katy can earn five-fold what Orlando does in one year, although she doesn't seem to mind. If we can give her one piece of advice, though, it would be to keep an eye on her guy. Orlando is known to be a bit of a player.
3 JOHN LEGEND IS FOUR TIMES RICHER THAN CHRISSY TEIGEN
Chrissy Teigen has us crushing on her food and lifestyle websites, and this social media star is making a ton f cash. Chrissy is married to music superstar (and aptly named) John Legend.
While Chrissy is reportedly worth $10 million according to Life And Style Mag, her husband is four times richer than she is with a sweet $40 million to his name.
Chrissy recently slammed haters accusing her of "spending other people's money" with an Instagram post simply captioned "my money." The figure next to it was $13.5 million. The pair are parents, so they clearly understand responsibility, but like most celebs, they splurge with private jets and beachfront villas.
2 BLAKE LIVELY IS TRAILING BEHIND RYAN REYNOLDS
Blake Lively can Photoshop her exes out of her Instagram all she likes, she's still the one who is getting paid way less. The Gossip Girl actress does seem to like guys with the first name "Ryan," and that shows in her relationships with Ryan Gosling and her current beau, Ryan Reynolds. Once again though, there's a big pay gap in this power couple's earnings.
Forbes placed Blake's net worth at $16 million in 2016, but Ryan sits way higher at $65 million.
The Deadpool star is blowing Blake out the water, and in 2017 he was listed as one of the world's highest-paid actors. Gossip all you like, Blake–your bank balance says it all.
1 IT'S A SIMILAR DEAL WITH DAKOTA JOHNSON AND CHRIS MARTIN
The 50 Shades Of Grey franchise has made actress, Dakota Johnson rich beyond belief. Grossing at $1 billion, the movie series has earned Dakota plenty, but it's nothing compared to what her man is worth. Chris Martin was married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The Coldplay frontman is worth $90 million according to The Sun, although he has revealed that 10% of his pay goes to charity.
Still, with Dakota's $1 million paycheck, the difference is huge, but the couple seem to be doing fine. They've been spotted vacationing on Malibu beaches and enjoying smoothie dates in Vancouver, but presumably Chris is the one footing the bill.
If you've opened a social media page lately, you'll know that the gender pay gap is a huge issue. If you're a woman, you've probably been affected in some way–even if you don't know it. If you're sick and tired of men making more money than women, we want to hear about it. If you spotted your fave celeb and literally did a double take (J-Lo much?), hit share and give your friends something interesting to read. It's unlikely you or your partner will ever make anywhere near what these guys do, but hey, you can always try.
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