While Hollywood stalwarts like Tom Cruise and Will Smith have dominated top-earning lists for years, sometimes it's the woman who's the breadwinner in the family. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Prudential Financial found that more than half of American women were considered the primary income earners in their households -- or 53 percent of women, to be specific.
Here, we round up a list of female celebrities who cash in at higher levels than their partners, from Julia Roberts to Teresa Giudice.
Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy
The former "Real Housewives of New York" star and SkinnyGirl Cocktails founder raked in a cool $12 million last year. Hoppy's income as a pharmaceutical rep is just the icing on the cake.
Anne Hathaway, Adam Shulman
While the newlyweds are both actors, Hathaway cements <a href="http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/53/celebrity-09_Anne-Hathaway_8YHQ.html">$7 million paychecks </a>for movies like "Get Smart," while Shulman is focusing on his jewelry designing career.
Oprah Winfrey, Stedman Graham
Oprah Winfrey is not only the primary breadwinner between her and her longtime boyfriend Graham, an author, she's practically the primary breadwinner in all of America. The media mogul has an estimated <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/oprah-winfrey/">net worth of $2.7 billion</a>.
Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale
Gavin Rossdale's band, Bush, dismantled in 2002. Gwen Stefani continues to be the frontwoman of her band, No Doubt, and founder of her clothing line, L.A.M.B. In 2008, she earned $27 million.
Drew Barrymore, Will Kopelman
Thanks to smart choices made by her production company Flower Films, the new mom can continue to sit pretty even while raising her new baby. In 2009, she earned $12 million. Hubby Kopelman, an art advisor, is no stranger to wealth, of course: he is the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman.
According to Forbes, Beyonce earned <a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/beyonce-knowles/">$40 million </a>last year. Jay-Z "only" earned<a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/jay-z/"> $38 million</a>. We feel really bad for these two people.
Jessica Simpson, Eric Johnson
Jessica Simpson's not quite a singer anymore, but she's certainly still a businesswoman. A lucrative fashion line, Weight Watchers deal and gig as a "Fashion Star" host means that she's built out a billion-dollar brand.
Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice
Fans of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" know that Joe went bankrupt shortly after slinging pies in his pizza shop, and that Teresa <em>maybe</em> supplemented her income from her New York Times bestselling cookbooks by selling stories to the tabloids.
Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady
The ridiculously good-looking husband and wife have an <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/andersonantunes/2011/08/19/the-worlds-highest-paid-celebrity-couples/">annual estimated income of $76 million</a>. But more than half of that money belongs to Gisele Bundchen. The former Victoria's Secret model has earned $45 million in the past year alone, while Tom Brady's $72 million, four-year contract with the Patriots means he's throwing for less than half that.
Natalie Portman, Benjamin Millepied
Portman's been called one of <a href="http://www.forbes.com/2009/10/05/best-actresses-buck-business-entertainment-naomi-watts_slide_4.html">Hollywood's most "bankable" actresses</a>, and choreographer/husband Millepied helped her secure that position. He worked with Portman in "Black Swan," for which Portman won her first Oscar.
Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart
Jennifer Lopez may have split from husband Marc Anthony in July 2011, but the year marked one of her was most profitable yet. The pop singer pulled in a whopping $52 million in 2011-2012. She also bowed out gracefully from her cushy gig as a judge on "American Idol" and jumped into a relationship with backup dancer Casper Smart, 18 years her junior.
Britney Spears, Jason Trawick
Britney Spears proved she was America's reigning pop princess when she<a href="http://www.forbes.com/profile/britney-spears/"> earned $58 million last year </a>over the course of 75 live shows, product endorsements and album sales. The 30-year-old also inked a sweet $15 million deal to be a judge on "The X Factor," thanks to the smart bargaining by her fiancé Trawick.
Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban
Kidman's net worth is in the ball park of <a href="http://www.forbes.com/2007/01/17/richest-women-entertainment-tech-media-cz_lg_richwomen07_0118womenstars_slide_19.html">$60 million</a>, but her Australian country star husband isn't doing too shabby himself. He's set to see a <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-nicki-minaj-keith-urban-judges-365339">$3 to $4 million paycheck </a>for his upcoming gig as a judge on "American Idol."
Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux
The former "Friends" star boasts a <a href="http://www.forbes.com/2007/01/17/richest-women-entertainment-tech-media-cz_lg_richwomen07_0118womenstars_slide_11.html">net worth of around $110 million.</a> Not that fiancé Theroux is necessarily hurting, having penned (most recently) "Rock of Ages" and the upcoming "Zoolander 2."
Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon
Mariah Carey's reported $18 million salary to join "American Idol" is peanuts compared to her net worth of $225 million. Husband Nick Cannon, himself the host of "America's Got Talent," just can't compare.
Julia Roberts, Daniel Moder
Julia Roberts was ranked the<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothypomerantz/2011/07/05/hollywoods-highest-paid-actresses/"> fifth highest-paid actress</a> by Forbes in 2011 and regularly commands double-digit figures for her movies. She her husband Daniel Moder, a cinematographer, on set of 2000's "The Mexican."
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