One powerful figure in the world of business or showbiz is awe-inspiring enough, but two combined create a force to be reckoned with. The beauty of being rich and famous, we imagine, is the accessibility of opportunities that arise in liaisons with other rich and famous people - which naturally leads to the abundance of famous romances evident worldwide. The idea of the power couple is a long-standing one which has featured heavily in the media over the years, taking the form of both fictional and real couples. Examples of power couples we love to love include President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the world of politics, modern-day celebrity icons Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles and fictional super couple Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, of 2004 'The Incredibles' fame.
Of course, there are many couples worldwide whose income is enviable, but often their wealth comes mainly from one member of the couple: Barack and Michelle Obama, for example, can credit the majority of their income to Barack's success. Here, we're cataloguing some of the world's richest couples by focusing on couples with relatively balanced sources of income, where both parties have proven to be mega-earners in their own right and have created an astronomically rich entity in their coming together as a couple. The estimated current net worth of ten such couples is calculated and detailed below.
10 Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen — $390 million
9 Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn — $503 million
8 Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon — $530 million
7 Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles — $820 million
6 Holly Valance and Nick Candy — $1.02 billion
5 Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana — $1.15 billion
4 Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson — $1.45 billion
3 Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw — $3 billion
2 Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault — $15.085 billion
1 Bill and Melinda Gates —$76 billion
At number one is truly impressive power couple Bill and Melinda Gates, one of the richest couples in the world. While Bill Gates leads the fore as the founder of Microsoft, which was registered as an official company on the 26th of November, 1976, the two have combined their powers as the founders of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Gates' is by no means an unearned success; in the company's fledgling years, Bill personally reviewed and frequently rewrote every line of code shipped by the company. Melinda met Bill while working at Microsoft, and the two married in 1994. Melinda is a businesswoman and philanthropist, and one of her most famous endeavours is the joint foundation she established with her husband. The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation aims to reduce poverty and improve healthcare and education standards - a worthy use of the couple's wealth.
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