When Stars Collide
5.8 01. Jay-Z
Between Jay-Z's musical empire, Beyonce's chart-topping hit "Single Ladies" and several clothing lines and ad deals, this couple knows how to use their fame to make money. Jay-Z has a hit with "Empire State of Mind," which he performed with Alicia Keys at the World Series. His next tour launches in February.
6.4 02. Beyoncé Knowles
Last year Beyonce sang at Obama's inaugural ball and her film, Obsessed, earned $74 million at the worldwide box office.
7.7 03. Harrison Ford
For the past few years Ford has stayed out of the spotlight, but he returned in a big way in 2008 with Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. Ford earned $65 million for his work in the role.
6 04. Calista Flockhart
Calista Flockhart, is no lazy daisy. She stars on the ABC show Brothers & Sisters.
7.9 05. Brad Pitt
Pitt and Jolie have always gotten plenty of attention, but now they're making plenty of money too. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was one of Pitt's highest grossing films, earning $334 million at the worldwide box office.
7.4 06. Angelina Jolie
Jolie is profiting by embracing her inner action hero. Wanted earned $341 million at the worldwide box office. Later this year she'll appear in Salt as a disgraced CIA agent.
7.6 07. Will Smith
Smith is without a doubt the biggest movie star in the world. His films have earned a total $5.7 billion at the worldwide box office and studio heads say he earns every penny of his $20 million paycheck. Most of the couple's earnings come from Smith.
5.8 08. Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith has a growing career of her own. She's been writing and producing films as well as voicing Gloria the hippo in the Madagascar films.
7.2 09. David Beckham
Beckham is still a worldwide soccer sensation at the ripe old age of 34. Part of the year he's a star in Los Angeles with the Galaxy. The rest of the year he plays for A.C. Milan, which should help him land a spot on the England team to appear in a record-tying fourth World Cup this summer.
5.2 010. Victoria Beckham
Victoria (better known as Posh Spice), is scheduled to appear as a guest judge on this year's American Idol.
8 011. Tom Hanks
As one of the few actors in Hollywood who can still command a $20 million paycheck, Hanks is the main breadwinner in his house. He had another hit this year with Angels & Demons. The film earned $486 million at the worldwide box office. This summer he'll once again voice Woody in Toy Story 3.
5.9 012. Rita Wilson
Rita has a much more low-key career, but she still pops up in best friend roles. She recently appeared with Meryl Streep in It's Complicated.
7.7 013. Jim Carrey
Carrey and McCarthy have been a couple for the last four years and in that time McCarthy's profile has risen considerably.
6.3 014. Jenny McCarthy
She's gone from a Playboy model to an outspoken (and controversial) vaccine opponent. McCarthy will soon have her own television show under Oprah's Harpo banner.
6.5 015. Tom Cruise
Cruise and Holmes are a source of endless fascination for tabloids and they're also very rich. Cruise is the family breadwinner, earning $33 million between June 2008 and June 2009.
5.9 016. Katie Holmes
Holmes still acts a little. In 2008 she starred in Mad Money alongside Diane Keaton. Up next for Cruise: Knight & Day with Cameron Diaz.
7 017. Chris Martin
As the front man for the group Coldplay, Martin outearns Paltrow. The group's latest album, Viva la Vida, sold 2.6 million copies in the U.S. and 3 million in Europe.
6.9 018. Gwyneth Paltrow
Paltrow will be the high-profile spouse in 2010 though when she reprises her role as Tony Stark's assistant, Pepper Potts, in Iron Man 2.
6.5 019. Matthew Broderick
These days Broderick focuses on smaller films and Broadway. He is currently in an off-Broadway show called The Starry Messenger.
4.8 020. Sarah Jessica Parker
Thanks to the success of Sex and the City (both the TV show and the movie) Sarah Jessica Parker has become a huge movie star. She also has her own line of perfumes and a clothing line, which means she vastly outearns her spouse.
5.8 021. Tim McGraw
McGraw recently had a double platinum album with Let it Go. The couple has even toured together. Next up for McGraw: movies. He'll star in Love Don't Let Me Down opposite Gwyneth Paltrow.
6.2 022. Faith Hill
McGraw and Hill are the Jay-Z and Beyonce of country music. Every time NBC plays the Sunday Night Football theme Hill picks up a check.
8.5 023. Tony Parker
The Parkers are pros at their respective jobs and at racking up lucrative endorsements. San Antonio Spurs point guard Parker has done ads for Nike, FedEx and VitaminWater.
6.7 024. Eva Longoria
When she's not appearing on Desperate Housewives, Longoria Parker shills for L'Oreal, Samsung and Bebe.
7 025. Katherine Heigl
And Artist Josh Kelley
Heigl has become the go-to girl for Hollywood romantic comedies, earning upward of $10 million per picture in the process. Despite complaining publicly about her weak storyline on Grey's Anatomy, Heigl is slated to return to the show this season. Kelley, is best known for his 2003 hit song "Amazing."
6 026. Keith Urban
Kidman and Urban earned about the same amount between June 2008 and June 2009, Urban from his hit record Defying Gravity. The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
7.5 027. Nicole Kidman
Kidman from movies like Australia.
Up next for Kidman: Rabbit Hole, costarring Aaron Eckhart, about a couple who lose their son.
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