Ordinary Husbands: Five Powerful Men With Even More Powerful Wives

These men have it all- money, fame and power. But as powerful and famous as they are, they are married to even more powerful and famous women. Here is a potpourri list of five men and their wives:

Brad Pitt

Pitt is more of a producer than an actor these days. His company, Plan B , produced Kick Ass and Eat, Pray, Love in 2010, with more movies scheduled next year. He has also produced and starred in The Tree of Life which released earlier this year (with the production budget of $ 32 million the project cut even at the box office).

He is ranked 45 in the Forbes top 100 most powerful celebrities list for 2011 some distance below his better half, Angelina Jolie, who is listed at 11. Jolie’s 2010 movie Salt made on a production budget of $110 million earned a whopping $ 300 million at the box office. Her other two major ventures in the last year: The Tourist made $ 280 million (production budget $ 100 million) and the summer blockbuster Kung Fu Panda 2 brought in $530 million (production budget $150 million). Source: Box Office Mojo. Jolie these days is not just a bigger movie star than her husband, but also a Good Will Ambassador with the United Nations and a familiar face in regions as far and deep as the border areas of Pakistan.

Jay- Z

Jay-Z broke into the music industry in 1998 with Hard Knock Life. A rapper turned business man, Forbes says, Jay-Z “sold Rocawear clothing label for $204 million in 2007, signed 10-year $150 million Live Nation deal in 2008 and holds stakes in New Jersey Nets, 40/40 Club chain, and ad firm Translation.” Jay-Z’s memoir Decoded hit bookstores in November 2010; and business biography Empire State of Mindreleased in March, this year.

But Jay-Z, ranked 38 in the Forbes’ list, isn’t the most powerful celebrity in his own home. His wife and Houston born diva, Beyonce Knowles is listed at 29. She had earnings of $ 35 million in the last year, and her album 4 released this June. . Along with the music revenues, Beyonc “cashes in on clothing line Dereonand endorsement deals with L’Oreal, DirecTV, General Mills and others” the magazine reports.

Russell Brand

Brand probably is the most “ordinary” husband in the list, but it’s a name we will hear more often in the years to come. Named the sexiest vegetarian by PETA for 2011, he is one of the most famous British exports to Los Angeles in recent years. He made his Hollywood debut with Forgetting Sarah Marshall and was seen recently alongside Jennifer Garner and Helen Mirren in Arthur.

Brand ,of course, married “I kissed a girl” singer Katy Perry in October last year. Perry’s album Teenage Dream, released in August, Forbes says, “boasted four chart-topping singles making it one of only nine albums to accomplish that feat in the Billboard Hot 100’s 52-year history.” Perry also shills for Proactiv, Adidas and Ubisoft, and has her own perfume line,Purr and is currently ranked at No.12 in the Forbes’ list of celebrities.

Bill Clinton

Moving away from Hollywood, the former president Bill Clinton can still charm a crowd and his opinions on the state of nation or the world invite mass attention. These days he is mostly busy managing the Clinton Global Imitative, his charity institute. Among, among other things, the president was in news recently for playing “not my job” on the PBS’ popular weekly quiz show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.

While her husband is featuring on satirical quiz shows fundraising for his charity initiative, Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, is busy shaping America’s standing in the world. Madam Secretary is ranked as the fifth most powerful woman in the world for 2011 by Forbes.

Abhishek Bachan

This pick will add some international flavor to the list. The son of arguably the biggest star in the history of Bollywood, Abhishek Bachan hails from the first family of Indian Cinema- the Bachan Family. He has been a lead actor in over 50 Bollywood movies since his debut in 2000 and is a household name in a nation of over billion people.

His fame and fortune, however, pale in comparison to his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachan- an A-list Bollywood movie star herself and a global icon. Ash, as she is famously known, shot to fame winning the Miss World title in 1994. In 2006 Oprah called her the most beautiful woman on the planet and in 2010 Aishwarya Rai Bachan was featured among the Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. One of the few Indian actors to crossover to Hollywood, Mrs.Bachan starred in movies such as Bride & Prejudice, and Pink Panther 2. She is also the face of L’Oreal among many other global brands.