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By As individuals, they are achievers. Together, they are a brand. t2 takes a look at some contemporary power couples who inspire and intrigue the world. DO YOU AGREE/ DISAGREE WITH OUR LIST? TELL T2@ABP.IN
  • Published 16.03.11

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Whether it is signing a multi-million dollar movie deal or taking their six kids out on a supermarket stroll, everything that Hollywood’s ‘it’ couple say or do makes news. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — Brangelina to fans the world over — are filmdom’s most powerful couple, dictating box-office figures, fashion trends, relationship rules and parenting codes. When they are not making a pretty picture together at red carpet dos, they are zipping off to war-ravaged countries to offer aid and relief. Today, Brangelina is a force, a product and a marketing mechanism, topping power lists individually and as a couple. What makes brand Brangelina even bigger? The fact that Hollywood’s most powerful couple are also its most gorgeous!

David & Victoria Beckham

He: one of the world’s most recognised soccer stars. She: a former Spice Girl-turned-fashion icon and celebrity designer. Fabulously rich and fabulously famous, the Beckhams — David and Victoria, aka Posh — are a power couple. Red carpet events or football matches, celebrity gatherings or state dinners, ad campaigns or brand launches, the two never put a foot wrong. Wherever they go and whatever they do, David and Posh are most-wanted — together. Sunglasses to perfumes, clothes to jewellery, the net worth of Brand Beckham has soared over the last decade, touching the $50 million mark in 2010. With baby number four on the way and a booming social life, Brand Beckham can only get bigger.

Barack & Michelle Obama

He is the most powerful man in the world. She is the power behind the most powerful man in the world. US president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle are a force to reckon with, at the White House and outside. While his political status invariably spells power, it is her carefully cultivated public image — Harvard law graduate, social activist, fashion icon, flawless speaker, supportive wife and doting mother — that contributes significantly towards making the Obamas a power couple. The much-in-love pair represents the values of middle-class living, high thinking and family bonding, counting as one of Gen Y’s most inspirational role models.

Prosenjit & Arpita Chatterjee

Though Tollywood’s first couple are rarely seen together in public and they haven’t been co-stars since Pratibad in 2001, Prosenjit and Arpita Chatterjee combine glamour with power in tinsel town. While he is Tollywood’s leading star, she has just made a comeback to films, picking and choosing her projects with studied care. A far cry from snooty star spouses, Prosenjit-Arpita make an eye-catching pair, friendly and easy-going. If only they did a film together now...

Bill & Melinda Gates

The power couple of philanthropy, Bill and Melinda Gates have brought hope into the lives of millions across the world through their charity work. The founder of Microsoft Corporation — and for years the world’s richest man — and his wife of 16 years are the force behind the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. As a team, Bill and Melinda are committed to working towards better healthcare facilities, poverty alleviation, expansion of educational opportunities and access to information technology globally. A power couple like no other.

Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor

Though unmarried, Saifeena’s power in Bollywood and beyond is never in doubt. While their films together —Tashan to Kurbaan — may not have set the box office on fire, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are the in-demand couple for big-deal endorsements, celebrity interviews and flashy public dos. Even individually, their careers are on a high. She has a film with each of the three Khans this year, while he wears the dual hats of actor and producer with ease. As different as chalk and cheese, together Saif and Kareena are dynamite. And then, of course, is the lineage. He royalty, she from the first family of Bollywood. Can it get more powerhouse than that?

Ajay Devgn & Kajol

A Bollywood couple that defy tried-and-tested norms, Ajay and Kajol spell power because they do things on their own terms — individually and together. At a time when the Khans and the Kumars vie for box-office glory, Ajay quietly walks away with a couple of hits every year while Kajol is the only B-town heroine who can guarantee a film a good opening. Together, their films may not have set the cash registers jingling but the Devgns are still greatly in demand — on the big screen and in the ad world.


Mukesh & Nita Ambani

He is India’s richest man. She helps him plan how to rake in those millions. Mukesh and Nita Ambani are undoubtedly the most powerful couple in Indian business. He is the corporate honcho, dictating local and global business. She is actively involved in philanthropic activities in the fields of education, human resources and disaster relief, besides being the maalkin of Mumbai Indians, their IPL team.


Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Often billed India’s biggest power couple, Abhi-Ash have a total net worth running into a few hundred crores. Red carpet at the Academy Awards or a film set in Mumbai, the Abhishek-Aishwarya star power commands attention and respect. Ash is the more visible of the two — from a Miss World title to a wax statue at Madame Tussauds — with Abhi lending strong and silent support. Add to that the Bachchan surname, which automatically opens doors and gets the red carpets rolling. All thanks to Paa!


Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf

A decade ago, they were at the top of their game. A decade later, they still live on in people’s hearts. With 30 Grand Slam titles between them, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf were the tennis world’s undisputed power couple. Today, the parents of two continue to make their presence felt through their philanthropic work — he has built schools in his native town Las Vegas, while she has a foundation to support children traumatised by war. Even now, the good-looking couple turns heads wherever they go.


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Tom and Jerry

Through doors, holes and pipes. Over walls, fields and seas. There’s never a dull moment in their never-ending chase. The William Hanna-Joseph Barbera cartoon masterpiece has kept generations guffawing since the 1940s. Which is why Time magazine in 2000 named Tom and Jerry one of the greatest television shows of all time.


Lionel Messi-David Villa

Messi magic and Villa valour — the Barca boys are goal machines on four legs. Their pinpoint passing and dazzling ball-play have made Barcelona the team to beat this season.




If Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra make for a killer director-producer pair, their creation — Munna and Circuit — are no less engaging. Circuit is a lot more than a sidekick to the goon-with-the-golden-heart, Munna. While Munna is a lot more than a boss to him. Their banter makes you roll with laughter; their emotional scenes leave a lump in your throat.

Wine and Cheese

The glitterati love it. The culturati swear by it. And the gourmand can’t have enough of it. The richness of a good cheese and the smoothness of a superb wine... just perfect, we say.


Leander Paes- Mahesh Bhupathi

We love their chest bumps, their raw energy and their chemistry. We love Lee-Hesh. Not only did they win Grand Slams together — two French Opens and one Wimbledon — they made tennis cool in a country that couldn’t think beyond Tendulkar and Sehwag. Then they broke up, and we missed them for years. Their reunion this winter — after a nine-year break — was a great moment for us. May ‘The Indian Express’ never get derailed again.



Bites of the soft white mounds with spoonfuls of the spicy, tangy syrup — slurp, slurp, slurp. Health conscious or not, this pair is a foodie’s delight.




Ghee- Bhaat

Steaming hot rice with a dollop of ghee. Heaven! The ultimate comfort food...



Move over Romeo-Juliet and Heer-Ranjha, the Twilight couple are here to stay. Bella doesn’t care that Edward is a vampire. And though he doesn’t want Bella to become a blood-sucker like him, a part of Edward always wants to suck, er, her blood. The self-sacrificing lover and his beloved make an awesome twosome.


Snakes and Ladders

The game is what life is — with its highs and lows. Or simply, your best friend on a lazy afternoon.