79 – Top 5 Real Life Power Couples of All Time

February 12, 2020

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Look, every couple thinks they have the best romance since Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams from the Notebook, but the truth is there are certain romantic duos that have that certain iconic “presence”/”power” that tower over us common folk. These pairings are often looked up to as an unstoppable team that have a large amount of influence in the world. On this year’s Valentine’s Day special, we choo-choo-choose you to join Tuong La and the Love Triangle Shannon Leis, Lindsay Gordon, and Laura Gordon as they amorously rank a list of the Top 5 Real Life Power Couples of All Time!

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Ground Rules

  • They have to be a real couple (not fictitious)
  • At some point they had to have been a romantic couple (ie not just a strong duo or pairing)
  • The “Power” in “power couples” is subjective of course but we used the following as a metric:
    • how influential they are
    • how “iconic” they are
    • money can also be a factor
    • how successful they are
    • People need to know them and recognize them as a couple (not local power couples like friends you know)
    • It doesn’t necessarily mean the couple has to be well liked
  • They don’t necessarily have to be a “celebrity” or “Hollywood movie star” couple. They just have to be well known.
  • Since we are looking at “all time”, even if the couple is no longer together at this point in time, it still counts if they made a big impact back in the day
  • Both individuals don’t need to be famous
  • Bonus points if they are both independently successful but when put together they become an “unstoppable team” in their own right
  • NOTE: This episode was initially meant to also capture famous couples throughout our ENTIRE history (ie famous king or queen for example) but with this group we ended up picking 21st century modern couples so don’t @us for not putting er.. Julius caesar and Cleopatra!

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian

4. Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi

3. Bill Gates & Melinda Gates

2. Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) & Beyoncé Knowles

1. Barack Obama & Michelle Obama

Tuong’s List

  • Barack Obama & Michelle Obama
  • Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) & BeyoncĂ© Knowles
  • John Legend & Chrissy Teigen
  • Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
  • Emily Blunt & John Krasinski
  • Kanye West & Kim Kardashian
  • Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
  • Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner
  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  • Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
  • Brad Pitt & Jennifer Anniston
  • Hillary and Bill Clinton
  • John and Jackie Kennedy

Shannon’s List

  • Bill & Melinda Gates
  • Victoria & David Beckham
  • Jack and Kim Johnson
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton
  • George and Amal Clooney
  • Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn

Lindsay’s List

  • Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossie
  • Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
  • Tom Brady & Gisele BĂĽndchen
  • Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton

Laura’s List

  • Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian
  • Lin Manuel Miranda & Vanessa Nadal
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
  • Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez
  • Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis
  • Justin Timberlake & Brittany Spears
  • Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
  • Sarah Paulson & Holland Taylor
  • Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade
  • Ben Aflfeck & Jennifer Lopez
  • Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra


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