Posh and Becks: Power, wealth, glamour, talent, looks, and beautiful kids ... what don't Mr and Mrs Beckham have?
It's really not hard to find 10 power couples among the Western glitterati. Here's our pick.
1. Beyonce and Jay-Z
I MUST say I was feeling kind of iffy when Beyonce first got together with Jay-Z. I thought Jay-Z was just another rapper who had an endless stream of ladies swinging in and out of revolving doors and poor, sweet Beyonce’s heart would be broken. But what do I know, the two have been married for six years now and in Hollywood, that’s saying something.
Forbes named the duo its highest earning couple a number of times now. Last year, they claimed the top spot again, raking in US$95mil (RM3.17bil) collectively. And that’s because both artistes have learned to diversify their careers, branching out from music and launching fashion and perfume lines (Jay-Z even founded a sports agency besides a record label).
But why we truly love Beyonce and Jay-Z so much has a lot to do with the fact that the couple has always upheld the principle of keeping mum about their relationship and private life - making things all the more mysterious, making us all the more curious.
2. Victoria and David Beckham
The Beckhams have diversified so much from their careers that both David and Victoria are laughing their way to the bank even after retiring from their respective original careers. David announced his retirement from football last year while Victoria hasn’t been singing since Spice Girls took a break in early 2000 (wait a minute, she barely sang even when she was part of the girl group).
According to accounts filed by the couple last year, the Beckhams are banking in £100,000 (RM547,000) a day. It all adds up, with Victoria’s clothing label being the “it” thing to look forward to season after season and David heating up the screen with his scantily clad H&M underwear commercials plus numerous other endorsements. It’s about capitalising on your good looks and making smart business decisions, people!
3. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Drama also equals money.
4. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi
Top comedian, Zimbabwe’s most promising model, favourite plate-spinning Chinese acrobat of all time, whatever – Ellen DeGeneres is always on my list, no matter what the list is about. Jokes aside, the couple is Hollywood’s symbol of love equality.
5. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
In the United States, country music makes a tonne of ka-ching. And Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are hitting the right notes, nabbing nearly 60 awards between the two.
6. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Before there were the Mirandas and the Blakes, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were the golden couple in country music - and still is. They have been together for close to 18 years now. It’s nice to see a couple who still holds fast to their traditional Southern values.
7. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
She’s still got it and he ... well, he has her.
8. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Who doesn’t love a couple who not only earns a lot but gives back as well? In fact, Pitt and Jolie are known more for the serious cash they give away than the ones they earn. Besides adopting three children (that costs some serious life-long expenditure there), Pitt gave a whopping US$16mil (RM53mil) away to aid the Hurricane Katrina-hit New Orleans and Brangelina also contributed US$8mil (RM26.7mil) to their charitable foundation, the Jolie Pitt Foundation.
And it looks like the couple still has plenty more to give away, with Jolie’s lead role in the highly-anticipated Maleficent and Pitt’s executive producer credit for 12 Years A Slave, an Oscar Best Picture top contender. And as they say, the true measure of one’s wealth is not how much you earn but how much you can afford to give away. Oh and of course, it doesn’t hurt that both of them are ridiculously good-looking.
9. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Chris Martin singing “look at the stars / look how they shine for you” as Gwyneth Paltrow lays her head on his shoulder. I go to bed every night with this in mind. True love exists.
10. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
And it exists even between the most unlikely pairings.