Ever since the Golden Age of Hollywood, and couples like Johnny Curtis and Janet Leigh or Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, it was patently obvious that celebrities gravitated towards romancing other celebrities. We can speculate on the reasons why until the cows come home, but when it comes right down to it, the lifestyle of the rich and famous is so alien to us average joes that it would probably never work. Celebs simply need other celebs, it would seem.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that celeb-on-celeb couples are always a smash hit. Conflicting schedules, daily temptations, and plain old envy can all lead to relationships crumbling to dust. When it works, however… It’s a thing of beauty, and two people transcend their public identities and become one singular entity – the power couple. With that in mind, we’ve decided to break down some of the entertainment industry’s most prominent power couples and see, once and for all, who’s worth more.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
The story of how Will Smith first met his wife Jada is just too adorable. Way, way back in 1994, Jada auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She missed out on the fictionalized Will Smith because she was deemed “too short,” so she just went for the real one instead.
For a time, Will was one of the world’s most bankable movie stars, which explains his $300 million net worth. Jada, a successful actress herself, has a much more modest $20 million.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
She’s everyone’s favorite teen detective Veronica Mars, while he’s renowned for starring in comedies like Idiocracy, Let’s Go to Prison, and CHiPs. Together, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are like a Voltron of adorable-ness. Have you watched the video of Kristen’s reaction as Dax introduced her to a sloth for the first time? You’ll melt.
Have you seen the photos from their $142 wedding (that’s not a typo) at the Beverly Hills Courthouse? It’s infuriatingly cute. When it comes to their net worths, however, they begin to drift apart. Bell is far and away more successful, with starring roles on The Good Place and Disney’s Frozen – and a net worth of $20 million, compared to her husband’s “mere” $12 million.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
While they aren’t together anymore, for a time Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner – Bennifer 2.0 – were the hottest power couple in showbiz. After dating marquee names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, Affleck settled down with his Pearl Harbor and Daredevil co-star Jennifer Garner. They were together for a decade, during which Affleck became a bonafide Hollywood A-lister and the two had three children, but it ended up just not working out.
Rumors of Affleck romancing the family nanny, incidentally, were never confirmed. Nevertheless, Affleck has had a wildly successful and (mostly) critically acclaimed career, most recently playing Batman, which led to his eye-popping $130 million net worth. Garner, meanwhile, has $60 million in the bank to console her.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
These two are something of an odd couple, coming from different worlds – acting and country music – but looking closer it becomes apparent why Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are together. In 2002, Kidman won a Best Actress Oscar for The Hours. However, it was the loneliest she’d ever been. Then, in 2005, she first met Urban.
You probably knew she was Aussie, but Urban – who was actually born in New Zealand – grew up down under as well. Six months later, they began dating. A year after that, they were married. They’re still together today, and have two daughters. Their net worths show what big names they are in their respective fields – Kidman boasts $130 million, while Urban has $75 million.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk
You obviously know Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s Hollywood royalty – the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow. Her husband, Brad Falchuk, may not be immediately recognizable, but you’ve definitely seen his work.
Together with Ryan Murphy, he co-created Glee, American Horror Story, and Scream Queens. The two actually met on Glee’s set in 2014, and sparks flew. Both were previously married – Paltrow to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin – but they took the leap together in 2018. With multiple appearances in Marvel movies, Paltrow has a $60 million net worth, eclipsing her husband’s $20 million.
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
You’ll get no points for guessing where this couple, married in 2018, first met. Kit Harington’s Jon Snow may know nothing, but Harington certainly knew how to woo his Game of Thrones on-screen love interest Rose Leslie, who played wildling Ygritte.
Harington has since went on to star in historical drama Pompeii and a bunch of other movies, while Leslie stars on legal drama The Good Fight. Kit’s reported per-episode salary of $1.1 million has done wonders for his net worth, which is currently $12 million, while Leslie contributed $4 million to the relationship.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brangelina, or Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, have only just finalized their very messy divorce, but for 11 long years they convinced us true love can exist even in Hollywood’s notoriously fickle A-list. Meeting and falling in love on the set of 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston.
A decade of bliss followed, which included six children, and a very bad breakup. The divorce took nearly three years to finalize, reportedly due in part to money disputes, but neither will be starving as Brad still has $300 million to Angie’s $100 million.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Even though they’re one of the newest couple on this list, having gotten engaged in March, 2019, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez seem to prove that if you wait long enough, you’ll eventually find true love.
Having both been married in the past, multiple times in J.Lo’s case, they arrived at their relationship with the emotional maturity to go all the way – we hope! They come from very different fields, but have done equally well. Lopez’s $400 million net worth from her singing and acting gives a decent fight to A-Rod’s $350 million net worth from his baseball career.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
The superstar athlete dating the supermodel is probably one of the biggest cliches in the world, but Tom Brady and his Brazilian model wife Gisele Bündchen are anything but ordinary. Brady is a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback with six Super Bowl rings, while Gisele was said to be the last true supermodel… and still they met by going on a blind date set up by mutual friend.
They married in 2009, and have two children together. Brady’s legendary NFL career netted him a $180 million net worth, while Gisele actually made more modeling – $400 million.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Ellen DeGeneres is an actress, comedian, talk show host, vegan, animal lover… and the first woman to affirm her LGBT identity of the national stage, first as herself and then as the character she played on her successful sitcom.
Ellen has been a social advocate and activist on many issues, and uses the platform provided by her talk show to do some good in the world. She has been with her wife Portia de Rossi, known for Ally McBeal and Arrested Development, since 2004. De Rossi has a modest $20 million to her name. Ellen? Oh, just $450 million.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
“If you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it,” Beyoncé once sang, but Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have proven her wrong every day since 1983. Though they’ve been together for 36 years, they’ve never married.
A lasting relationship wasn’t about marriage, Hawn explained, but about compatibility and communication. And they seem to have those in spades, sharing a son and Hawn’s daughter from a previous marriage, Kate Hudson. With almost 110 years of showbiz between them, they have the net worths to show for it – $60 million for Hawn and $70 million for Russel.
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
Though he’s 38 now, Canadian heartthrob Ryan Gosling seems to only just be hitting his stride, with multiple critically and commercially successful films, including Drive, La La Land, and most recently First Man. Not a bad career for someone who started on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club.
He’s been with his wife, Eva Mendes, since 2011 and they have two daughters. Mendes seems to be retired now, but memorably appeared in films like Hitch, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and her husband’s own Lost River. Gosling’s the primary breadwinner here, with $60 million, while Mendes has $15 million to add.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Probably the most controversial couple on this list, Kim and Kanye – Kimye to some – have been married since 2014, but seem to have been friends years before that.
The reality TV star’s marriage to the controversial musician and producer, which The New York Times dubbed a “historic blizzard of celebrity,” has produced two daughters and one son, with another boy currently on the way. While Kanye has a $250 to $270 million net worth, Kim blows him out of the water with $350 million, and she reportedly makes $80 million more a year!
David and Victoria Beckham
They were one of the first crossover super couple, with David Beckham being a very successful soccer player and Victoria Adams first making a name for herself as a Spice Girl and then as a fashion designer.
They first met at a 1997 charity soccer match, but Beckham’s shyness stunted any progress, while Victoria admitted that, “I didn’t really know who he was. I was never into football.” Posh and Becks, as British tabloids call them, have been married since 1999 and have four kids. They each have the same individual net worth – $450 million.
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin
If the tabloids had to dream up a marriage, they would probably put Canadian pop idol Justin Bieber alongside American model and Stephen Baldwin’s daughter Hailey. And lo and behold, the two did it themselves! So considerate.
Though they dated for about a month in late 2015-early 2016, they reconnected in mid-2018 and got married just a few months later, sparking worry among fans regarding how hasty it all was. At 25, the Grammy Award winning Bieber is already a veteran, with $285 million. Baldwin, a relative newcomer but very successful model, makes do with a measly $2 million.
Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara
What do you get when you pair television’s hottest werewolf with the highest-paid actress on television for seven years running? Why, the power couple of Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, of course.
Manganiello, most famous for playing werewolf Alcide on five seasons of True Blood, first met Colombian-born Vergara at the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, of all places, and knew she was the one. He popped the question six months after they started dating. Manganiello seems to be sitting pretty with $16 million, but Vergara has exactly ten times that – $160 million!
Beyoncé and Jay Z
If there’s ever been a bigger couple in music, we’d like to see it. Together, they’ve sold hundreds of millions of records. Jay-Z has 22 Grammy Awards, edged by his own wife’s 23 awards. Despite how much they’ve fought to preserve their privacy, we know they started dating after Beyoncé sang on Jay’s ’03 Bonnie & Clyde, and played his girlfriend in the music video.
They went through Jay-Z’s infidelity and Beyoncé’s miscarriage, and came out stronger on the other side. Their combined net worth is a staggering $1.4 billion ($900 million from Jay-Z and $500 million from Beyoncé).
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Though she first made a name for herself as a soap star on about 170 episodes of All My Children, Kelly Ripa is much more famous for hosting daytime chat show Live since 2001, first with Regis Philbin, then Michael Strahan, and currently with Ryan Seacrest.
This led to her inclusion on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the Most Powerful People in Media. Ripa first met Consuelos, her All My Children so-star who currently stars on Riverdale, in 1995 and they eloped the following year. Consuelos brought $20 million to the marriage, while Ripa did the heavy lifting with $120 million.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
You might know Ryan Reynolds (the other sizzling Canadian Ryan) as Deadpool, or maybe even as Van Wilder if you’re longtime fans. He dated and was even engaged to fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette, but they broke it off.
After marrying, and divorcing, Scarlett Johansson, Reynolds found his one true love on the set of Green Lantern – Blake Lively, best known for playing Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl. They married two years later, and have two girls. While Lively has a lively $16 million, Reyonds’ recent successes have won him a $75 million net worth.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Another graduate of the The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, Justin Timberlake achieved pop superstardom with boy band ‘N Sync in the mid-nineties to early 2000s, before striking out on his own and becoming one of the best solo acts of the recent decade with ten Grammy Awards.
After public relationships with Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz, he started dating Jessica Biel, who became a star on TV’s 7th Heaven and also appeared in films like The Illusionist and the 2012 Total Recall remake. Their net worths are worlds apart, as Biel’s $18 million doesn’t stack up to Timberlake’s $230 million.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Maybe you know Ashton Kutcher as lunkhead Michael Kelso on That ’70s Show, or from his tumultuous eight-year relationship with Demi Moore. Whichever the case, you never guessed the current star of Netflix’s The Ranch would end up with his on-screen ’70s Show love interest!
That’s right, Kutcher began dating Mila Kunis, also known for her years of voicing Meg Griffin on Family Guy and a memorable supporting role in Black Swan, in 2012, and they married in 2015. They have two children. Kunis’ $65 million go pretty well with Kutcher’s $200 million, partly earned thanks to his various venture capital investments.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are a match made in music heaven. These two country superstars have eight Grammy Awards between them, as well as the highest-grossing country music tour of all time in 2006’s Soul2Soul II.
Even though their relationship began with controversy in 1996, as Hill was engaged and McGraw had just broken an engagement, they’ve been together since, despite persistent rumors of instability. It’s hard separating the net worth of one from the other at this point, but Hill’s is reportedly $80 million, while McGraw’s is an almost-identical $85 million.
George and Amal Clooney
For years, George Clooney has been Hollywood’s eternal bachelor. Since his first marriage to actress Talia Balsam ended in 1993, the superstar actor had been linked with anyone from model and wrestler Stacy Keibler to adult film star Krista Allen.
No one thought he would ever be tied down again… until he met British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin at his Lake Como home in 2013. A year later, they were married. A successful lawyer specializing in international law, Amal has a $20 million net worth. George, on the other hand, brought a cool $500 million to the relationship.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
Crooner John Legend has won ten Grammy Awards, but most people would agree his biggest prize is his wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen. The two met when Teigen starred in the music video for his 2007 song Stereo, and were engaged four years later.
Two years after that, they got married in Italy and now have two children. It’s kind of hilarious realizing All of Me was inspired by the same woman who has the funniest twitter account in existence. Tweets don’t always equal bank, however, as Teigen has a $26 million net worth to Legend’s $45 million.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
John Travolta and Kelly Preston are proof that a marriage can endure in Hollywood – scandals and all. The two met on the set of the 1987 movie The Experts, notable only for bringing them together, and recited their vows on a plane heading to Paris four years later.
Travolta is a legend, going from musicals like Grease to classics like Pulp Fiction. Preston’s no slouch either, with over 60 film and television credits to her name. The two have a $190 million net worth – $170 million from John and $20 million from Kelly.
Kate Upton and Justin Verlander
Fun fact – supermodel and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Kate Upton is the great-granddaughter of Frederick Upton, the co-founder of the Whirlpool Corporation. However, she’s known mostly for her highly impressive – and lucrative – career in modeling.
She met All-Star Major League Baseball pitcher Justin Verlander while shooting a video game commercial in 2012. They got married on November 4, 2017 – a mere two days after Verlander won the World Series with the Houston Astros. As a superstar athlete, Verlander has a $95 million net worth, while the up-and-comer Upton has a “modest” $20 million to her name.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
Country music sensation Carrie Underwood and recently retired NHL center Mike Fisher met through a mutual friend – Underwood’s bassist Mark Childers. They began dating in 2008, while Underwood was living in Nashville, Tennessee, and Fisher resided in Ottawa, Canada, as he was playing for the Ottawa Senators at the time.
In 2010, the two tied the knot, and the following year Fisher was traded to the Nashville Predators so he could be closer to his family. Pro athlete or not – Fisher’s $30 million is blown out of the ice by Underwood’s $85 million net worth.
Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes
They’re not technically married but Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes are just too cute a couple not to include here. Despite having reportedly been dating since 2013, the two never officially confirmed rumors of a relationship.
Until the 2019 Met Gala in New York City, that is, when they arrived together. Holmes was previously married to Tom Cruise, with whom she had a daughter, while Fox has never been married but has two daughters. Their net worths are also different – Foxx has a cool $100 million while Holmes amassed a $25 million net worth.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick took very different routes to the top, but they’ll be celebrating 22 years of marriage nonetheless in May, 2019. Both child stars, Parker attained worldwide fame as Carrie Bradshaw on SATC, while Broderick was Ferris Bueller before achieving Broadway immortality on The Producers.
We know they have had three kids together, but not much else as they’re notoriously private. Luckily, we have a pretty good idea as to their net worths. Parker has the bigger haul with $100 million while Broderick has $45 million.
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
They seem to have a storybook romance now, but Gwen Stefani’s relationship with fellow The Voice mentor Blake Shelton began with unprecedented controversy. When the two first met in 2014, they were both married – to other people.
Then, within months of each other, Shelton’s marriage to country singer Miranda Lamber and Stefani’s marriage to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale both ended. Speculation that they were dating began almost immediately thereafter, and they ended up going public months later. Stefani has a $100 million net worth, while Shelton has $60 million to keep him warm at night.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
The history of Miley Cyrus’ relationship with Australian actor Liam Hemsworth is almost as contentious as the young singer herself. Cyrus met Hemsworth when they filmed 2009 drama The Last Song.
They broke up and got back together again multiple time over the next two years, before announcing their engagement in 2012. A little over a year later, they broke up again, only to get back together in 2016. In December, 2018, they finally got married (phew!), bringing together their $160 million (Cyrus) and $26 million (Hemsworth) net worths.
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham
Oprah is… Well, she’s Oprah – need we really introduce her? You probably also know that been with author and businessman Stedman Graham since 1986. The two have been together since the very first national season of Oprah’s legendary chat show.
They were even engaged to be married in 1992, but a wedding never actually took place. Who knows? Maybe they’ll make history when Stedman is the first First Gentleman in U.S. history. Graham, who has written 11 books, has a $10 million net worth. Oprah? Oh, something in the neighborhood of $3.5 billion.