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David and Victoria Beckham slip down Hollywood rich list

David and Victoria Beckham have slipped down the list of Hollywood’s highest earning couples – but still took home more than €31m last year.

The pair, who moved to Beverly Hills, Californian in 2007, came in at fifth, down from third last year, according to Forbes, the financial bible of the rich.

They are the only British couple in the top five, but despite their sizeable income, they were overshadowed by the wealth of Beyoncé Knowles and her rapper husband, who earned more than €83 m.

Knowles, 28, was responsible for most of the money, as her record sales and promotional deals brought in €61m.

Meanwhile, in the Beckham household, David was the main breadwinner through football contracts from both Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan between June 2008 and June 2009.

Harrison Ford, 67, the actor, and his girlfriend Calista Flockhart were second on the list, raking in €48m between them – most of which came from Ford’s role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

They were followed by actors Brad Pitt, 46, and Angelina Jolie, 34, who earned €37m, split evenly between them. Pitt had one of the biggest hits of his career last year with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, while Jolie teamed up with Scottish actor James McAvoy in the action movie Wanted.

Will Smith, 41, and Jada Pinkett Smith, 38, came in fourth, earning €33m.

Dorothy Pomerantz, who complied the power couples list said: "The indisputable king and queen of the hip-hop prom are Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles.

"The couple not only produce and sing some of the biggest hits on the charts, but they oversee clothing lines, perform around the world and endorse products from companies like American Express and Budweiser. All that hard work has paid off.”

She added that the list was compiled by speaking to agents, managers, producers and lawyers to determine what celebrities earned.

Last year the Beckhams had a combined income of €39m, according to Forbes.

The top ten highest earning couples are:

1. Beyoncé and Jay-Z €84m

2. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart €48m

3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie €38m

4. Will and Jada Pinkett €33m

5. David and Victoria Beckham €31m

6. Ellen de Generes and Portia de Rossi €26m

7. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson €24m

7. Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy €24m

9. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes €23m

10. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow €22m

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