When it comes to Hollywood, there are plenty of high earners to choose from. Love them or hate them, these the people who grab the attention of the masses, and use their inflated vantage point to make a name for themselves, and quite a hefty living. Those who truly made an impact, in our opinion, were those who melded superstardom with artistic expression, education and philanthropy. When we cross paths with just one of these power houses (we’re looking at you Beyoncé), it is an impressive feat indeed. When one of these unicorns pair with a like-minded counterpart, the effect is hypnotizing.
Although the salaries of these celebrities are head spinning indeed (honestly it’s hard to believe how much we pay actors in this country), we wanted to shout to those top earning twosomes who made an awesome impact throughout the course of what has been an intriguing year, for everyone.
1. Michelle and Barack Obama
While these two may have been campaign trailing for much of their last months at the White House for Hillary, they made ample time to speak out for those causes closest to the Obama legacy before the close of 2016. Hard working and charitable, the Obamas will be missed not only for their accomplishments but also their character. After making a modest $400,000 a year as the President of The United States, Obama is reportedly worth $12.2 million. No word on what his wife brings to the table. Although it may seem meager in comparison to his Hollywood counterparts, he and his wife secured a place on this list because they have changed the face of American history. Michelle’s commitment to causes like childhood obesity and international adolescent girls’ education, make her heart almost as big as the impact she’s made on this country and young women everywhere.
2.Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Bey and J’s net worth is said to be in the region of $700 million and we know in 2017, it will only get bigger. Their ingenious decision to keep the ‘Lemonade’ album exclusive to Tidal earned them a whopping sum, while simultaneously raising awareness for the Black Lives Matter campaign. It is not of course just their involvement in the music industry that keeps the home however, as the man of the house earns much of his money from side projects: with his own champagne and cognac brands doing much of the work toward his more than $50 million 2016 salary. The pair also has a long history in philanthropy, and for Bey’s part, she collaborated with three charities for her Formation World Tour, in the hopes that her followers would recognize the ease with which they could give back to causes she is passionate about, and #BEYgood.
3. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
While the brakes may have been put on the relationship of the millennium, it does not preclude them from a list of couples that dominated this year in and out of headlines. Pitt, worth an estimated $240 million, and Jolie, whose net worth is about $170 million, broke the hearts of all Hollywood lovers this fall upon the shocking announcement of their divorce and subsequent tattles of cheating.
Given their acclaimed status both as couple and individuals however, there’s not much time for moping here. Jolie awaits the release of the movie she has directed with Netflix, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. The film deals with a subject very close to her heart and covers many aspects of her philanthropic ventures. Pitt has little time to succumb to emotion either, with Allied coming out shortly among a litany of other projects in the works. While both have taken a set back from their rigorous on-screen schedules in recent years, their involvement in causes they believe in, and commitment to giving back make them one of our rockstar couples of the year.
4. Kim Kardashian And Kanye West
Too soon to call out these two on a fabulous year in the spotlight? Apparently not. Apart from the Paris debacle and subsequent rumours of separation, these two spent most of this year ogling over one another while the rest of us ogled over them. Kanye’s less-than precious lunch dates of late has us questioning his sanity (as does his Twitter account) and his wife, worth a cool $140 million, remains in the wind, nonetheless, Kimye still rank as one of 2016’s most powerful couples. Money isn’t everything as the saying goes, and don’t ask us to tell you how much they’re worth - we’re as confused at their finances as Donald is by his, we do however know they aren’t short on cash, especially judging by pictures of their newly finished home.
Between clothes lines, apps, emojis and countless other enterprise, Kardashian is estimated to have earned around $53 million in 2016 alone. Her husband is said to be worth anything between $145 million and $180 million, which brings their total earnings near quarter of a billion status. As many fashionistas remember Kanye’s show debacle during NYFW (think: fainting models, lost editor busses and skin-hued spandex), and his unforgettable FAMOUS video, this isn’t an artist, who sits in the background. A rise to fame that is one for the books, many await her return anxiously and speculate whether Kanye’s next business dive will be into Trump industries.
5. David and Victoria Beckham
As Victoria Beckham stores continue to pop up, Spice Girls fans everywhere rejoice that the once-broke fashion line is most definitely in the money. Her soccer star husband’s foray into modelling and Victoria’s continued success as designer has everyone admiring the couple that was once rumoured in trouble back during his Manchester United days. Their son’s Brooklyn rise to Instagram fame have many pundits hedging their bets as to when he will make his dent on the Beckham name and begin branding his own business with his singular name. Having both ‘retired’ from their initial jobs that rose them to fame, the couple wear retirement well, and expensively, with their estimated worth to be somewhere north of $700 million.
A special mention: couples to watch out for in 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markie
Once they decide to come out and begin doing official tours for the crown, these two will rival Kate and Wills as the palace’s fairytale couple. Having had a rough start to the relationship, we’re hoping the U.S actress and her royal man, worth an estimated $40 million, is allowed the chance to stand her ground given her background in female activism and similar stance to feminism as us at SWAAY.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
Her daddy dearest and his father-in-law has given us all pause for thought at the end of a turbulent 2016, and this coming year could be one of Ivanka’s biggest yet, with her set to acquire much of her father’s responsibilities in the Trump Organization. Ivanka’s outspoken nature on behalf of women, especially female entrepreneurs, and Kushner’s empire will make them a pair to keep a close eye on in the coming months indeed! Love him or hate him, Ivanka’s namesake lifestyle brand, which is making a killing at Macy’s and Nordstrom, has certainly contributed to her net worth of $150 million.
From a young age, I was fortunate to know what I wanted my career to be.
Many 12-year-olds say they want to be a movie star, pilot or professional athlete, but I knew that I wanted to be a realtor. Growing up in an era when Miami's real estate business was exploding, I watched the city grow before my eyes. I wanted to have a part in that growth, which is why I decided to obtain my real estate license as soon as I turned 18.
Today, I run a luxury real estate group under Cervera, with sales of over $400 million within Brickell, Biscayne Bay, Key Biscayne, Design District, Midtown, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. I've found a niche with penthouses, having sold Brickell's most expensive penthouse to date, along with two other penthouses in the past few years.
However, reaching this point did not come easy. I owe my success to two things: hard work and the people who took a chance on me. Without the former, there could never be the latter.
Here are the key reasons I was able to grow my business to over $400 million in sales by age 30.
You've heard it before, but I can't stress this enough. Every person you meet is a door to a new opportunity. In real estate, as is the case with most other professions, people want to work with someone they trust and connect with. My team and I put a large emphasis on not only going to work, but also finding meaning in the work we do through personal relationships. That can mean a lot of things, whether it be finding the perfect first home for a couple or helping a family move to an area with the best schools.
Real estate is personal, and your clients should always be treated like people, not numbers. Whether someone has a $100,000 or $10 Million budget, I treat them with the same respect.
As a result, nearly all of my clients come from referrals or return to me as repeat clients.
Become An Expert In Your Industry
My team and I put a strong focus on truly knowing the neighborhoods we work in. We've become local specialists, making sure that we have a strong understanding of the ins and outs of the listing, the area and the potential buyers.
We familiarize ourselves with every aspect of an area, including: the neighborhood, the local housing market, the inventory, the schools, community issues and traffic concerns. Being knowledgeable on these aspects help us guide the potential buyer in making an informed decision.
That same approach should be applied to every profession. People are choosing to work with you for a reason, so try to maximize the value that comes with that.
Find Time To Do Nothing
We live in a go, go, go world, with not much focus on slowing down. You're responsible for your own mental wellbeing, so be sure to put in the time for yourself. For at least one hour a day, I allow myself the space to do nothing and truly live in the moment. That hour may be spent meditating, curled up with a book or watching my favorite Bravo show. The point is: that time should be for you, free of any distractions. Doing this allows you to go into work with a clear mind the following day.
It's Not All On You: Empower Your Employees
There's an emphasis put on working non-stop as the only way to succeed. That approach couldn't be further from the truth. While I'm all about working hard, as a leader, working smarter not harder is what will take your business to the next level. Remember, you hire people for a reason, so trust them to do their job and always make yourself available as a resource.
That way, you can spend your time on big picture initiatives, and your employees can own their work and grow in the process.
It Takes Money To Make Money
Don't underestimate the power of good marketing.
In business, especially when first starting out, it's important to spend money to invest in your company's success. Whether it be boosting your website's SEO, creating targeted ads or sponsoring social media posts, effective marketing is crucial when looking to reach your target audience.
Beyond traditional marketing, attending conferences and panels is essential to help you continuously learn about your industry, meet like-minded people and get your name out there.