Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
A 13-year marriage is an eternity in Hollywood, but Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have found a way to blend their business empire and family life. Forbes reports that the couple pulled in $23 million between June 2012 and June 2013 and their production company, Overbrook Entertainment, has already generated $2.5 billion in worldwide box-office and home-video sales.
Will and Jada cofounded their company with James Lassiter in 1998, and since then, they have churned out hits like “Ali,” “Hitch,” “I Am Legend,” “Hancock,” “Secret Lives Of Bees,” and “The Karate Kid.”
Jada also produced the hit cable drama “Hawthorne,” under the Overbrook banner, and along with Jay Z, their company is currently producing the “Annie” remake.
Beyonce and Jay Z
Beyoncé and Jay Z skyrocketed to the top of Forbes’ annual list of highest-earning celebrity couples for the second year in a row, pocketing an estimated $95 million between June 2012 and June 2013 through their concerts, album sales and other ventures. Billboard just awarded Jay Z and Beyoncé the No 1 spot on this year’s Billboard Power 100 — an annual list of the most influential people in the music industry.
After taking a short hiatus following the birth of Blue Ivy, Beyoncé got back to business with her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, which grossed an average of $2 million per night. Music mogul Jay Z released a recently platinum album, “Watch the Throne,” and launched his own world tour that brought in $1.4 million per night in the U.S.
It’s obvious the couple can be uber-successful in their own separate careers, so it’s not hard to imagine what would happen when they combine forces into a joint effort. Beyonce has reportedly parted ways with her general manager, Live Nation executive Faisal Durrani, so that she can run her own affairs with the help of her husband, who reportedly has been heavily involved in her career for years. Jay Z was instrumental in organizing the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, according to the Daily Mirror.
Salim and Mara Brock Akil
Writing and producing powerhouses Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are founders of Akil Productions (formerly Happy Camper Productions). They’re Black, Muslim and gorgeous in an industry not known for its embrace of the diverse. Yet the husband and wife duo has created one winner after another, and are among the most successful African-Americans working in Hollywood.
Their partnership has produced two hit shows, the sitcom “Girlfriends” and “The Game.” After creating BET’s biggest summer ratings hit with their telefilm “Being Mary Jane” — which was developed into a series currently airing on the network and attracting more than 5 million viewers — they may have another hit on their hands.
“Sparkle,” starring the late Whitney Houston and season six “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks in her film debut, is their first joint incursion into the movie world.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
As a singer, actor, rapper, comedian, entrepreneur Nick Cannon has amassed a $20 million fortune. Add that to the $500 million estate of his wife Mariah Carey, one of the most successful singers of all time, and they are among the richest celebrity couples in the world.
Carey and Cannon are joining forces on a new project. They’ve announced plans to pen a children’s book that will feature their twins, Monroe and Moroccan. It’s a real family affair. The book will be called “Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas,” and it hit the market this fall. It will be published through Scholastic and illustrated by A.G. Ford.
Jerry and Claudine Mofokeng
The renowned Jerry Mofokeng is a counselor, actor and director. The South African legend has appeared in several movies such as “Cry, the Beloved Country,” “Lord of War,” “Safe House,” “Mandela and De Klerk” and “Tsotsi.” Jerry and his wife, Claudine, have been married for 33 years and they are banking on the experience and wisdom that comes with that achievement.
The Mofokengs are relationship counselors who give presentations about family to churches, businesses and social groups. Their seminars are also sold on DVDs. Claudine Mofokeng combines her professional skills as a nursing lecturer in the field of psychology with her husband’s dynamic personality and acting skills to teach and educate their participants.