There have been a lot of high profile splits this year, from Heidi Klum & Seal to Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher to most recently, Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes. Being in the spotlight and meeting the demands of a careers that take them on the road proves to be too challenging for many in Hollywood, but for others, they’ve managed to figure out the secret and they’re also reaping the rewards as a result.
In third place this year is the sexy David Beckham and Victoria Becham. Between his contract and endorsement deals, Beckham is the world’s highest paid soccer player, he makes about $46 million per year. Victoria’s gets her cash from her clothing line and Spice Girls royalties among other projects and together they made $54 million.
In second place this year are Tom Brady (35) and Gisele Bundchen (32), who actually had topped the list last year. The supermodel brings in about $45 million a year through her work in the fashion industry, modelling contracts, celebrity endorsements, and licensing ventures. This year her hubby became the second quarterback ever to lead his team to five Super Bowls. On top of his $75 million contract with the New England Patriots that goes to 2014, he also has his own modelling and endorsement gigs that together with his work on the field, brought in $27 million. Combined, they brought in $72 million between May 2011 and May 2012. Nice.
With a successful album, endorsement deals, and money that still comes in from her past hits, Beyonce brought in a whopping $40 million last year. Her other half Jay-Z brought in $38 million himself through his ‘Watch The Throne’ collaboration with Kanye, the tour that followed, his ad firm, and cosmetics company. That brings their total to $78 million.
In case you’re curious, fourth place went to Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie with $45 million and Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith with $40 million.