By Ryan Velez
Celebrity power couples are subjects to look up to for more ways than one. This isn’t just for their relationships, but also in the way they manage to build wealth and success. Black Enterprise profiles some of the most prominent Black couples, as well as the net worth they have created.
One can’t start this discussion without perhaps its shining example: Jay-Z and Beyoncé. With a combined net worth of $1 billion, Jay-Z, 47, and Beyoncé, 36, are one of the most powerful celebrity couples in the music industry. Interestingly, both have used their music as the means to talk about the challenges of marriage. Beyoncé’s highly acclaimed 2016 album Lemonade centers on the themes of love, infidelity, and forgiveness. Likewise, Jay-Z rapped about cheating on his wife in his 2017 album 4:44. The two married in 2008. Beyoncé’s take of that billion is $450 million, while Jay-Z has a $900 million net worth.
Another great example of a Black power couple is the former President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama. Despite their prominence, in terms of net worth, they can’t touch Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Barack Obama earned an annual $400,000 during his eight years in office. Today, they earn money through a generous pension, speaking engagements, and book royalties. Both Michelle and Barack have net worths of $40 million.
While relative newcomers, marrying in 2014, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade have made quite an impact, but it hasn’t all been sunshine and roses. In her recent book, We’re Going to Need More Wine, Union went into the difficulties the couple has had in trying to have a baby. “For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant —I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle,” she writes. However, despite enduring years of failed IVF cycles, the actress says she and her husband “remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of.” Union has a net worth of $20 million, while Wade has a net worth of $115 million.
When we talk about Black power couple, in terms of longevity in the public eye, one can’t forget Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, who boast over 20 years of marriage under their belt, just about all of them as celebrities. The two have bolstered their wealth through years of film projects and other endeavors. Will Smith has a net worth of $260 million to Jada’s $20 million.