Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Forbes Hollywood�s 10 Top Earning Couples

Beyonce, 27, and husband Jay-Z, 38, recently topped Forbes� list of Hollywood�s Richest Couples - with combined earnings for 2008 of $162 million.

Here is the complete list:

1. Shawn Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles - $162 million
These chart-topping newlyweds have had a monster year. He banked $82 million by signing a $150 million 10-year recording, touring and merchandising deal with Live Nation. She raked in $80 million, thanks to an entertainment empire including fashion, film and publishing deals as well as a concert tour that sold $50 million in tickets and endorsement deals.

2. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith - $85 million
Will Smith maintains his role as the family breadwinner, pulling down $80 million in the year ending June 2008, thanks to another set of top-performing blockbusters. Jada managed to generate a still impressive $5 million during the same period, thanks to roles as an actress, producer, and entrepreneur.

3. David Beckham and Victoria Beckham - $58 million
Conquering fans on both sides of the Atlantic, the power couple pulled down $58 million over the course of the year. David got $50 million, mainly through endorements. His wife, also known as Posh, brought in $8 million, thanks to the $23 million Spice Girls reunion tour and a slew of product lines.

4. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - $35 million
In addition to the big loot country sweethearts McGraw and Hill made on their Soul-2-Soul concert tour, he earned his $23 million from festivals and a double-platinum album, Let It Go. Hill reached $12 million by recording an album, The Hits, and the NFL Sunday Night Football theme song.

5. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - $34 million
They may not be Tinseltown's richest couple, but they're arguably its most famous. But the tabloid staple couple did more than grab press mentions this year: Jolie appeared on screen in Beowulf and A Mighty Heart, while Pitt spent time both in front of the camera and behind it.

6. Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann - $30 million
This joke-slinging duo is laughing all the way to the bank. Mann pulled in an estimated $3 million with a major role in her hubby's blockbuster Knocked Up, and Apatow raked in $27 million in the same period, thanks to a prolific release schedule that included Superbad, Walk Hard and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

7. Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani - $28 million
With a fashion line, an endorsement deal and an international tour, Stefani earned $27 million from June '07 to June '08. Rossdale, former front man of post-grunge powerhouse band Bush, returned to his musical roots with his first solo album in June.

8. Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman - $25 million
It has been a big year for this county crooner and his Aussie glamazon wife. She banked $13 million on the highly anticipated Australia and endorsement deals, and he won a Grammy for Best Male Country Performance in February and earned $12 million from a combination of album sales and receipts from his tour.

9. Tony Parker and Eva Longoria Parker - $22.5 million
Point guard Tony Parker and his Hollywood wife Eva Longoria seem to have it all and endorse it all. He made $10.5 million last year playing for the San Antonio Spurs, which he supplemented with endorsement deals. She earned $9 million from her role on ABC's Desperate Housewives and endorsement deals.

10. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart - $22 million
Harrison made $18 million from June '07 to June '08, and the actress formerly known as Ally McBeal pulled in $4 million in the same period.

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