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Bundchen, Brady To Be New "Power Couple"

NFL quarterback Tom Brady and girlfriend Gisele Bundchen arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in New York on Monday, May 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and superstar New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have gotten engaged, according to a story in People magazine.

And once they get married, they'll vault toward the top of Forbes magazine's list of celebrity "power couples." Read that -- top earners.

To see the latest Forbes list of such couples, compiled before the Bundchen/Brady reported engagement, click here.

On The Early Show Tuesday, Forbes Senior Editor Matthew Miller told co-anchor Harry Smith, "They were doing fine as singles, but Gisele out-earns Tom about four-ton-one. She makes about $35 million a year. Tom Brady made last year about $9 million in salary and endorsements. Put it together, they're worth about $45 million a year in income. And that would make them in the top five earning couples in terms of celebrities around the country."

Smith observed that he thinks, "People will find it interesting that she makes so much more money than he does."

"She has these lucrative, long-term contracts in terms of her Victoria's Secret deals and her other modeling contracts," Miller replied, "and he's a football player. And as a football player, you don't get as many long-term endorsement deals."

"Remember," Milelr added, "(Brady has) a six-year, $60 million with the Patriots, but the way it's paid out, last year he only brought $6 million home and about $3 million from endorsements."

"They are just eking by somehow!" Smith joked.

Miller and Smith then discussed some of the other couples on the Forbes list.