World's top-earning celebrity couples 2011 including powerful duo Tom Brady vs Gisele Bundchen, music’s most powerful couple Jay-Z vs Beyonce Knowles, Angelina Jolie vs Brad Pitt, David vs Victoria Beckham and Robert Pattinson vs Kristen Stewart. This list is conducted and released owning to endorsement deals, business-focused deals and sometimes franchise’s global success.
The powerful duo of the supermodel Gisele Bundchen and NFL superstar Tom Brady are put on the first position on this ranking. After a monster year filled with fashion and endorsement deals, Gisele Bundchen has become the world’s first billionaire supermodel with a massive $45 million over the 12-month period. Moreover, Tom Brady was not also overshadowed by his more famous wife. He bought home another $31 million with a four-year sign of $72 million contract extension in September and NFL’s richest deal, putting the couple’s combined annual earnings at $76 million.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen come first on the top with combined annual earnings at $76 million
Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z, music’s most powerful couple harvested $72 million between May 2010 and May 2011, prompting them No. 2 on the ranking. The Houston-born R&B diva hauled in $35 million, owning mostly to business-focused deals including a clothing line with Dereon and endorsement deals with L’Oreal, DirecTV, General Mills and so on. Meanwhile, Jay-Z’s earnings mostly came from the 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal that he signed in 2008 and the cash he collects as a shareholder in New Jersey Nets, 40/40 Club chain and ad firm Translation.
The R&B/hip-hop duo, Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were honored in number three on our list, with a combined $50 million annual earnings. The highest-paid actress in the world is the only woman playing action heroes in Tinseltown these days. His film Salt which was originally written for Tom Cruise, earned $300 million at the box office. Her other movie The Tourist gained another $280 million worldwide. As a result, Angelina Jolie harvested about $30 million last year, while her husband cashed in around $20 million.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
David Beckham, along with his former Spice Girl wife Victoria are the world’s fourth highest-paid celebrity couple with combined annual income of $45 million between May 2010 and May 2011. Despite his declining pitch prowess, David Beckham still collected big endorsement deals from companies like Adidas and, more recently, Samsung in which he will be the global brand ambassador during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. His total during the 12-month period is $40 million while Victoria hauled in the other $5 million owning to the percentage of sales that she collects from her fashion lines of wool dresses and $3,000 purses.
$45 million is the combined annual earnings David and Victoria Beckham cashed during the last 12 months
The fifth couple is Twilight’s Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who have both earned $20 million from May 2010 to May 2011 thanks to the franchise’s global success, making their combined annual salary $40 million.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart