Girl Power: Female Celebrities Who Make More Money Than Their Husbands
The glass ceiling is sadly still alive and holding women down in modern society. Generally speaking, women are paid only 80% of what men are paid, even when the work is exactly the same. Despite that unfortunate truth, men still don't always end up as the primary breadwinners in their relationships, particularly when their partners are hugely talented, successful celebrities.
These high-profile celebrity women prove that despite the unfair advantage men tend to have in the wage department, it’s still possible to come out on top financially. Check out some popular female celebrities who make more money than their husbands.
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are both very successful in their careers. With Kidman an award-winning actress and Urban an award-winning country musician, they do quite well in the financial game. Together, they are worth a little more than $200 million, but Kidman's share is a bit higher.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Everybody knows the power couple known as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, but for some reason, everyone seems to think West is the brains and breadwinner of the whole operation. It would be correct to assume she is, considering she technically has more money than him. She's worth $350 million to his $250 million, thanks to all her appearances, endorsements and so much more.
Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth
Miley Cyrus was with Liam Hemsworth on and off for around a decade, and they did finally get married — only to divorce less than a year later. The reasons are likely as complicated as Miley herself, but luckily their prenuptial agreement left their finances out of the disagreement — a smart move for Cyrus, in particular.
Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott
Forbes declared Kylie Jenner a self-made billionaire with a net worth of $1 billion, so no matter how rich and famous her partner is, her billion will be pretty darn hard to beat. Actually, her former fiance is pretty rich and famous. Travis Scott is a successful rapper who is worth $20 million.
Gisele Bundchen & Tom Brady
If you add up the wealth of supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, the happy couple is worth more than $500 million. However, her share — about $400 million — accounts for most of that amount. With all her runway work and affiliations with Victoria's Secret and Vogue, it makes sense that she has a lot of money in her bank account.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker made a lot of money starring in Sex and the City. She still does, actually, and between that and her other roles, not to mention her fragrance line, she is now worth about $90 million. Her hubby, Matthew Broderick, has slightly less than half of that, though neither one of them is counting.
Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
Angela Bassett, most recently known as Queen Ramonda from her extraordinary role in Black Panther, is making a killing. To date, she is worth an impressive $20 million. Her husband, Courtney B. Vance, is also an actor who is worth around $4 million.
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were married from 2015 to 2017. Perhaps it was the difference in their net worths that caused such a premature ending to their marriage. With Aniston worth $200 million to Theroux's $20 million, that is quite a bit of financial difference that could have caused some pressure.
Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman
Actress Anne Hathaway is worth $35 million. That amount shouldn't be surprising considering her various appearances on the big screen, from roles in romantic comedies to dramas and action movies. Her husband, Adam Shulman, is also an actor, although he hasn't been quite as successful and is only worth roughly $1 million.
Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth
Reese Witherspoon isn’t just a blonde bombshell — she's as rich as they come. Thanks to her enormous acting talent, she is worth more than $150 million. Witherspoon's husband, Jim Toth, does well also as a Hollywood talent agent — but not nearly as well as her. Toth is worth about $4 million.
Keira Knightley & James Righton
Who makes more money, an actor or a musician? In the case of Keira Knightley and her husband, James Righton, the actor makes more. Her net worth is around $60 million, which is plenty to cover them both. Knightley doesn’t seem to care about how much her husband brings in, and who can blame her?
Nicole Richie & Joel Madden
Nicole Richie struck it rich when she and her then-best-friend Paris Hilton starred together in the reality TV show The Simple Life. Despite going on to party with the likes of Lindsay Lohan and becoming frequent tabloid fodder for her outrageous exploits, she managed to keep most of her money in the bank. Her net worth today is around $17 million.
Jessica Alba & Cash Warren
Jessica Alba lit up Hollywood screens for a while, during which time she racked up some serious cash. $350 million is her net worth currently. More recently, she decided to focus on motherhood and entrepreneurial endeavors, and who could blame her? She is now the co-founder of The Honest Company, which sells natural beauty products and household items.
Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
Both Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are successful in their acting careers, although Bell does come out on top, financially speaking. She's worth $20 million to Shepard's $12 million, but although others may be counting, it sure doesn't seem like they are.
Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
Megan Fox might just be one of the most attractive women on earth, and that has nothing to do with her $8 million in the bank. Of course, having looks and money is pretty ideal. Then there's her husband, former Beverly Hills 90210 star Brian Austin Green, who also has a nice chunk of change in the bank at $4 million.
Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher
Thanks to American Idol, Carrie Underwood rose to fame as a country music star and now has more than $55 million to her name. No other Idol star has ever achieved her level of financial success (although Kelly Clarkson is on the rise with recent TV endeavors outside music). That amount is just a tad more than her husband, Mike Fisher. He's a former hockey player who is worth around $30 million.
Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson
Jessica Simpson went from singer to actress to star on reality television, and apparently she saved plenty of money along the way. She is now worth an impressive $150 million. Even though her husband, Eric Johnson, is a successful ex-NFL player, he's got quite a bit less to his name, at just a mere $100 million.
Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden
Cameron Diaz once earned one of the largest paychecks ever for a single role. It was her part in Bad Teacher that got her that title and the big bucks, so it makes total sense that she is worth just a tad bit more than her rock star husband, Benji Madden.
Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied
Natalie Portman's husband, Benjamin Millepied, is a professional dancer and choreographer, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he makes big bucks but still much less than his gorgeous Hollywood wife. She has $60 million to his near $1 million. If money mattered, maybe the couple wouldn't be together, but it seems they are both perfectly happy with the way things stand.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall
It would be hard for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' husband to out-earn her, considering she starred in Seinfeld, one of the most successful television shows of all time. Her net worth to date is $200 million. Brad Hall, her writer husband, is certainly not poor with his $10 million net worth, but his earnings are a far cry from his wife's wealth.
Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone
Melissa McCarthy is one funny actress. Her roles in Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters and SNL have seen to it that she has more than $60 million to her name, and that number is no joking matter. Her husband, Ben Falcone, is a writer, director and actor as well, but his net worth is only around $2 million.
Oprah Winfrey & Stedman Graham
Oprah Winfrey is one of the world's wealthiest women with a whopping net worth of $3.5 billion. Her partner, Stedman Graham, whom she has been with since 1986, is worth about $10 million — so a lot less. Both consider their partnership to be a spiritual one, and that's something that clearly runs far deeper than money.
Meryl Streep & Don Gummer
Meryl Streep is unsurprisingly worth $90 million, thanks to her hugely successful acting career. She has been in more critically-acclaimed films than most when compared to her fellow Hollywood stars. Critics and fans widely recognize her as one of the most important actors of her generation.
Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton
Both Gwen Stefani and her partner, Blake Shelton, are musicians. However, there are a few differences between them. For one, Stefani is a pop star, while Shelton is a country star. Also, she's worth $100 million, while he's worth a mere $60 million. Does it matter to Shelton that he's not the main breadwinner in the relationship? Not even a little.
Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, more commonly known as Buffy (the vampire slayer), may have let acting take a backseat to motherhood and her entrepreneurial food crafting business, but that doesn't mean all her Buffy money went away. Those residuals continue to pay off, and the actress is worth $20 million to date.
Julia Roberts & Daniel Moder
Julia Roberts makes a lot more money than her husband, Daniel Moder, who is a cinematographer. Considering the level of her stardom in Hollywood, it isn't really surprising that she brings in a lot more dough. After all her successful roles, Roberts is now worth $200 million, and her career certainly isn’t over yet.
Scarlett Johansson & Colin Jost
Decades of acting have allowed Scarlett Johansson to build up quite a large sum of money. Through both the acting and film endorsements, she is now worth $100 million. Her current boyfriend, Saturday Night Live writer Colin Jost, isn't scared away by her wealth, though. The two met when Johannson guest starred on SNL and played Ivanka Trump.
Tina Fey & Jeff Richmond
Comedian Tiny Fey is all about breaking gender roles. She was the first-ever female to lead the writing department on Saturday Night Live, which is where her mega-success began. Now, Fey is worth $65 million and counting. Her husband, a composer named Jeff Richmond, has a fair amount of wealth himself but not nearly as much as his famous wife.
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos
As a star of long-running soap opera All My Children, Kelly Ripa has spent years earning not only a name for herself but a pretty sizable fortune as well. She is currently worth $100 million, in fact. Her husband, Mark Consuelos, was also her co-star on the show, although he never earned quite as much. His net worth comes in around $40 million.
Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman
Drew Barrymore has always been an actress. She began as a child when she starred in E.T. and continued working her way up into big box office flicks as she grew into adulthood. Her net worth is now around $125 million. While she's not seen much on the big screen anymore, you can find her starring in a Netflix series these days.