When it comes to celebrity megacouples like Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, you already know they have a considerable fortune between them. But before they came into the marriage — or if, heaven forbid, they were ever to split — what’s the net worth of each celebrity on their own? Whose is higher? And are there couples where one partner’s net worth is considerably higher than the other’s? These are the kinds of questions we find ourselves asking as we learn more and more about Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, and other high-earning stars who have coupled up. And when we got into it and did the research, courtesy of Celebrity Net Worth, the answers were definitely not what we expected.
Truthfully, the surprises when looking at each of these celebrity’s net worths didn’t always come from them being way higher or way lower than their partners. After all, we had no idea how to compare a lucrative music career like John Legend’s to Chrissy Teigen’s modeling-slash-cooking and lifestyle career — and even between models like Teigen and Bündchen, net worth can wildly vary.
The biggest takeaway? Not one of these celebrities will be left penniless if separation should befall them, but it does seem like international appeal is key to amassing a serious fortune — as is diversifying how you make your money. If your name is basically its own entity — think Kanye, Jay-Z, J.Lo — chances are your net worth is climbing.
Read on to see how your favorite celebrities stack up in these famous couples.
A version of this article was originally published December 2020.