As Jay Z says, "You know you made it when the fact your marriage made it is worth millions."
When it comes to fame, fortune, and happiness, sometimes, it takes two. Whether actors, musicians, models, or politicians, these celebrity couples have proven to be more powerful as a pair.
Beyoncé and Jay Z
The reigning royalty of music has become nearly synonymous with the term "power couple." Separately, Bey and Jay cultivated successful careers and loyal fan bases. But together, they're unstoppable. Proof: Their co-headlined On the Run tour earned more than $100 million—the second-highest grossing tour ever! In fact, in their eight years of marriage, the two have reportedly brought in a collective $790 million. But money aside, these two embody the most important characteristics of a power couple: They're crazy in love and have had each other's back no matter what life has thrown at them. Cheating rumors? Shut down. Punches thrown in an elevator? Can't stop them. Lemonade aftermath? Still holding strong. As Jay Z says in the "All the Way Up" remix, "You know you made it when the fact your marriage made it is worth millions."
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First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama
Although his time as our country's president is almost up, we're pretty certain the Obamas' love will live on forever. Going on 24 years of marriage, this power couple is the epitome of poise and partnership. At about 66 percent, Michelle's average favorability rating exceeds that of her husband, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and who Time magazine named Person of the Year in 2008 and 2012. "Obviously I couldn't have done anything that I've done without Michelle," the President once told Oprah. "Not only has she been a great First Lady, she is just my rock. I count on her in so many ways every single day." And just when we thought they couldn't get any cuter, a new romantic comedy is coming out that will focus on their first date.
Around 25 million viewers tuned in to watch Prince William wed Kate Middleton. Since then, the royal couple has continued to capture hearts everywhere with their humanitarian work, the "Kate Middleton effect" on fashion, and the birth of their beautiful kids, George and Charlotte. The Duchess was even named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2012 and 2013.
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Victoria and David Beckham
Known to England (and let's face it, the fashion world) as the other royal couple, the soccer player (and last year's Sexiest Man Alive) and former Spice Girl simply can't be left off this list. The Beckhams have been married for 16 years and produced four seriously gorgeous children—with those genes, it was kind of inevitable. "My husband constantly inspires me and guides me—he has done so much good work, I look up to him and have the utmost respect and admiration for all that he has achieved," the Victoria once gushed to Grazia.
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Jada Pinkett and Will Smith
After 20 years of marriage, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith seem to be as strong as ever. Parents to two kids and partial owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, the actress and Academy Award-nominated actor made waves earlier this year when they boycotted the Oscars due to lack of diversity. The couple has always been supportive of one another and credits their successful marriage to never giving up: "You can't expect it to be easy," Will has said. "And you know, we're just not quitters." Preach!
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
The fact that the name "Brangelina" holds so much weight really sums up these celebrities' status as a power couple. Although their initial get-together might have been a bit scandalous, it's all pretty much water under the bridge now. They share six kids, Jolie has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the past 10 years, and Pitt has had a few humanitarian causes of his own. We'd say that's enough proof that not only are they beautiful, but they are also invested in changing the world for the better.
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Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres
Our favorite funny women have been together for over a decade now and don't appear to be slowing down any time soon. "She's the only person I want to hang out with," de Rossi recently told Entertainment Weekly. "Like, she is my best friend and I just want to be with her all the time." Ellen might be one of our favorite Hollywood personalities out there, so Portia, we totally get it. In fact, according to a 2015 poll by Variety, DeGeneres "did more to influence Americans' attitudes about gay rights than any other celebrity or public figure." This could be attributed to her activism and exposure on her TV show, which regularly donates thousands of dollars to people in need, but we also think her own (very public) same-sex marriage helped play a role.
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He's a multiple NFL MVP- and Super Bowl MVP-award winner. She's the highest paid supermodel in the world (taking home about $44 million a year, according to Forbes). Put them together and the pretty people (and parents of two) are even more powerful.
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Say what you want about this salacious duo, but you can't deny that Kimye has become a force of nature since their May 2014 wedding, from West's iconic music and other artistic ventures, to Kardashian's unparalleled reality TV presence and entrepreneurial efforts (including clothing lines, her book, Selfish, and her video game, which has earned close to $80 million). Plus, the power couple is highly connected in the fashion world, frequently rubbing shoulders with the likes of Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, Balmain's Olivier Rousteing, and Vogue's Anna Wintour.
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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Is there any celebrity couple out there that's stronger than these two? Harris, a four-time Golden Globe nominee and four-time Primetime Emmy winner was named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2010. He and Burtka dated for two years and were engaged for eight more before tying the knot in 2014. Along the way, they welcomed a daughter, Harper, and son, Gideon, into what has become one of the most beloved celebrity families in the world.
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