Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen Are World’s Highest Earning Celebrity Couple

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are not only one of the best looking celebrity couples on the planet, they are also the highest paid couple. Based on earnings from May 2010 through May 2011 the couple earned $76 million with Gisele bringing in the biggest part of the couples earnings with $45 million.

Gisele’s earnings came from a combination of fashion, endorsements and various business deals while her husband earned $31 million from his NFL contract (4 year $72 million contract) and various endorsements.

Following on their heals was Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé Knowles who earned just $4 million less than the NFL star and his wife with Jay-Z taking in $37 million, a large part which came from his 2008 10-year $150 million contract with Live Nation. Beyonce didn’t do to shabby either at $35 million, part of which was earned from clothing and other endorsements.

Also at the top of the list were Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who brought in $50 million and David Beckham and Victoria Beckham who took in $45 million.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart also fared well at $40 million ($20 million each for their work on the Twilight series), making them the fifth richest celebrity couple of 2011, however it’s still unclear if they’ll remain in their relationship for the long haul.

There’s one fairly common theme among all of the highest earning celebrity couples of the last year, they not only have earned money from their craft but also by branching off and taking on new business ventures that earn them a revolving and growing annual cash supply.

Do any of the couples on this list surprise you? Who did you expect to see?

[via Forbes]