Meet the The World’s 10 Most Powerful Couples of 2013{ including a Lesbian couple}

Michelle and Barack Obama

Michelle and Barack Obama

With 67% of Americans viewing first lady Michelle Obama favorably, she’s more popular than her husband. The President has never been shy about publicly expressing his adoration for his wife; in his election night victory speech, Obama gushed, “I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation’s first lady.”

 

 

 

Melinda Gates and Bill Gates

Melinda Gates and Bill Gates

With a net worth of $67 billion, Bill Gates is the United States’ richest man, and through the work of the foundation he founded and runs with wife Melinda, he’s also the world’s most generous. The couple’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last year gave away $3.4 billion, and its primary goals this year have been to eradicate polio worldwide by 2018 and get modern contraceptives to another 120 million women by 2020; the Foundation has committed $140 million annually to this cause. Melinda, a Duke alum, delivered a commencement address at her alma mater this spring and encouraged the Class of 2013 to recognize “the boundless dignity of all people.”

 

 

 

Jay-Z and Beyonce

Jay-Z and Beyonce

The first couple of music is tight with the first couple of the United States. The superstars hosted a fund-raiser for President Obama during his re-election campaign last fall, and Beyonce later performed the national anthem at January’s inauguration. The couple’s April trip to Cuba was investigated by the U.S. Treasury Department, after lawmakers raised questions about the legality of the visit (the controversy was overblown — the anniversary trip was pre-approved). Jay-Z is on tour with Justin Timberlake this summer, where he’s taking home an estimated $100,000 per show, and Beyonce kicked off her 65-date world tour a couple of weeks ago

 

 

Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan

Peng Liyuan is the stylish second wife of newly-installed Chinese President Xi Jinping. The first lady is a former superstar folk singer, and it’s often joked that she’s more famous than her husband: “Who is Xi Jinping? He is Peng Liyuan’s husband

 

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres

The talk show host/comedienne and ‘Arrested Development’ actress married in 2008. In March, DeGeneres took to her blog to urge the Supreme Court to strike down California’s Prop 8: “Portia and I aren’t as different from you as you might think. We’re just trying to find happiness in the bodies and minds we were given, like everyone else.”Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

 

 

Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue

Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue

Yahoo CEO Mayer and Bogue, a former lawyer who invests in big-data startups and founded investment fund Data Collective, married in 2009. In September, Silicon Valley’s most powerful couple welcomed a baby boy, Macallister

Hillary and Bill Clinton

Hillary and Bill Clinton

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are both private citizens now, but they are still one of the most influential couples in the world. Mrs. Clinton has been hitting the speaking circuit at an estimated $200,000 fee per event and reportedly inked a $14 million book deal. The ex-Prez is focused on his Global Initiative, which has raised $73.1 billion in commitments from major philanthropists, CEOs and heads of state to fund charitable action around the globe. Last year, he hit the campaign trail for Obama, cementing his status as a rainmaker.

Gerard Pique and Shakira

Gerard Pique and Shakira

The Colombian-born performer and her footballer-boyfriend welcomed their first child, Milan Pique Mebarak, in January. Shakira, a UNICEF ambassador, quickly became a fan favorite when she joined NBC’s hit “The Voice” as a judge. Pique plays for FC Barcelona, one of soccer’s most valuable teams, and is one of Spain’s most popular athletes.

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By Breezoom African News

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