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- April 14, 2008
- Vol. 69
- No. 14
Who Makes More
Brad or Angelina? Posh or Becks? Jennifer or Marc? Guess Who in These Power Couples Pulls Down the Bigger Paycheck—and See How They Spend It!
BRAD vs. ANGELINA
HIS MONEY Call 2007 a productive year for Mr. Pitt, who raked in an estimated $35 million for his movies, such as Ocean's Thirteen and The Assassination of Jesse James, and profits from his production company Plan B.
About $20 million a year for films and endorsements. Her multiyear St. John apparel deal was worth $12 million, according to Women's Wear Daily.
THE BIG GIVE
With homes in Malibu, Santa Barbara, New Orleans and New York City, they live large. "I'm always open to a good real estate investment," Jolie, 32, has said. But they also give large. The pregnant Jolie noted she donates a third of her earnings to charity: "I have a stupid income for what I do for a living," she told CNN's Anderson Cooper. She and Pitt, 44, gave away more than $8 million in 2006 ($4.4 million from Brad, $4.1 million from Angelina) to organizations including Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders, according to newly released federal tax filings.
"Those two are bigger than the sum of their parts," says John Eckel, CEO of Alliance Entertainment and Sports Marketing. "Brad has a tremendous personal brand. The same goes for Angelina. They are at the top of their game and only going to get bigger."
$54 million in 2007
More than $115 million in 2007
Beyoncé Knowles vs. JAY-Z
He earned more than $115 million last year—and has an estimated net worth of more than $300 million, three times Beyoncé's. The rapper turned entrepreneur, 38, owns a small share of the New Jersey Nets and the growing 40/40 nightclub franchise. He sold his Rocawear clothing line last spring for $204 million. "Anything he puts his hand on makes money," says a source in the financial world.
She pulled in an estimated $54 million last year. The pop star, 26, is an endorsement powerhouse, reaping more than $16 million from deals with DirecTV, L'Oréal and Giorgio Armani.
HOW THEY SPEND IT
Vacations—yachting in Saint-Tropez, sunning in St. Barts—and serious shopping. Last year, Knowles told INSTYLE about a spree at Harrods in London. "I didn't have time to try stuff on, so I just bought everything I loved and had it sent to my hotel." In 2006 Jay-Z reportedly bought Beyoncé a Rolls Royce worth about $1 million (similar to the model at right) for her birthday.
HER BIRTHDAY CAR
$11 million in 2007
$20 million plus in 2007
JENNIFER vs. MARC
She's the total mogul, with combined annual earnings estimated at more than $20 million, including album and ticket sales and digital downloads (about $13 million) and clothing and fragrance lines. Her companies, Sweetface and Just Sweet, and perfumes are valued at more than $225 million. Lopez, 38, has commanded up to $15 million for movies, though she hasn't made any big-budget films lately. And don't forget the extras: Billionaire Andrei Melnichenko paid Lopez $1.2 million to sing at his birthday party last year.
Salsa king Anthony, 39, makes about $11 million a year from album and tour ticket sales.
WHO SPENDS MORE?
Bejeweled hands down, Lopez does, according to a source close to the couple. "Jennifer is the big spender," says a source. "He buys the romantic gifts, but she's the big shopper."
WHAT THEY SPLURGE ON
Gems and luxury cars are still in the mix, but, with the couple welcoming twins Max and Emme on Feb. 22, it's all about the little ones. "She has changed a lot since she's been with [Marc]," says the source. "She loves to shop, [but now] she's buying lots of stuff for her babies." The new parents designed three posh nurseries for their homes in Miami, L.A. and Long Island, with touches like silk and organza sheet sets that are "dramatic and appealed to her champagne tastes," says baby-bedding designer Nava Writz.
Gisele makes more!
TOM vs. GISELE
Brady, 30, rakes in an estimated $31 million annually as the New England Patriots' quarterback and pitchman for Nike, Movado and others.
Bündchen, 27, collects $33 million a year according to Forbes, from modeling for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Vogue Eyewear. And she sold her N.Y.C. penthouse in May. Asking price: $11 million.
A little. The NFL MVP dating the world's top model "brings exposure," says John Lynch, an entertainment lawyer. But on their own, "they will not starve."
Tony makes more!
EVA vs. TONY
She made more than $10 million last year for Desperate Housewives, plus an estimated $6 million for appearing in L'Oréal and Bebe Sport ads.
$11 million a year plus bonuses playing basketball for the San Antonio Spurs. But as a superstar in Europe, the Belgium-born Parker, 25, also tidily outearns his 33-year-old wife in endorsements. Last year, he earned $8 million in European ad campaigns touting such products as Kellogg's, Nike, Kinder chocolate, a French video game and a Swiss watch company. The multitasker even picked up $500,000 for his French rap album, Balance-Toi, last year. "Tony Parker is a marketing agent's dream," says a source.
HOW THEY SPEND IT
Eva spent a lavish birthday in Miami Beach, opting to stay at a private club estimated at $100,000 for a weekend, topped with $5,000 shopping sprees. Their biggest indulgence? Parker is building their dream house outside of San Antonio with a basketball court, his-and-her gyms and a recording studio.
Heidi makes more!
SEAL vs. HEIDI
About $8 million in '07, thanks to Victoria's Secret, Project Runway and Germany's version of America's Next Top Model.
$3 million, according to Billboard, from album sales, digital downloads and tour dates.
HOW THEY SPEND IT
Seal, 45, seems to do the major spending. He has a passion for cars and owns at least eight. But his main money vice is pampering Klum, 34. "He likes to take care of Heidi in an extravagant way," says a source close to the couple. "If she sees something she likes in a jewelry store window, he will sneak back and buy it for her." Not the least bit out of character for a guy who proposed marriage in a custom-made igloo on top of a glacier in Whistler, B.C., and plans romantic getaways at his Mexican estate perched on a cliff in Costa Careyes.
CAN'T BUY THEIR LOVE
Still, Seal says money really isn't everything. "We don't need any of this," he told PEOPLE last year. "It is not the key to our happiness. Those things are just the icing. It is not the cake."
$33 million in 2007
More than $20 million in 2007
THEIR BEVERLY HILLS MANSION
DAVID vs. VICTORIA
$33 million in '07 kickin' it for soccer's LA Galaxy and endorsing Adidas, PepsiCo and Gillette products.
About $20 million for the three-month reunion of the Spice Girls, plus a few million more in endorsements and other ventures.
HOW THEY SPEND IT
Major real estate. The Beckhams own three homes (the grand "Beckingham Palace" near London, a $22 million Beverly Hills mansion and a 250-acre estate near Saint-Tropez). Then there are their cars, including two Ferraris, two Porsches and two Bentleys, plus a Lamborghini and a Hummer.
THEY'RE RICHER TOGETHER!
David, 32, and Victoria, 33, "are a mass-marketing-genius couple," says Vikki Ziegler, a family-law attorney. "If they broke up, they would never be able to market themselves the same way again."
Nearly $70 million in 2007
$49 million in 2007
$75,000-A-DAY BIRTHDAY YACHT
FAITH vs. TIM
Nearly $70 million in '07 largely from his album Let It Go and their Soul2Soul tour, according to Billboard.
$49 million from coheadlining the tour and record sales.
NOW THAT'S A SPLURGE!
For Hill's 40th birthday, McGraw, 40, surprised her with a Greek cruise on Aristotle Onassis' former yacht Christina O. Charter price? About $75,000 a day. "Over the top," admits Hill, "but I felt like a queen."
Keith makes more!
NICOLE vs. KEITH
Kidman made an estimated $32 million last year—thanks to a couple of big-budget films and a $4 million payday for promoting Chanel.
Urban made an estimated $35 million in '07 thanks to his bestselling album, Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing, and hit tour.
THE LOW-KEY LIFE
Sure, the Aussie superstars enjoy some luxuries. They sail around Sydney Harbour in Nicole's estimated $7 million yacht Hokulani. They're building a family home (their first child arrives this summer) on a nearly $2.5 million, 36-acre horse farm in Tennessee. But the couple prefers basics over bling. When Nicole and Keith, both 40, aren't traveling the world for work, they're making Starbucks runs and barbecuing with friends. "My wife and I lead a pretty quiet, simple life," Urban told the Tennessean last December.
Earnings reported here were based on interviews with money managers, attorneys, agents and music, film and advertising executives; financial information on public record; and published reports from Forbes, Forbes.com, Billboard, Newsweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Women's Wear Daily, Variety and Advertising Age.
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