Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Brangelina Wedding Photos: What Happened to the $5 Million Earmarked for Charity?


Flashback to September 1st, 2014: Exclusive photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s wedding appeared in People and Hello! magazines. The two mags reportedly split a $5 million fee for the rights, and the money was supposed to go to charity.

Two years later, Jolie and Pitt have split. According to the 2014 filing for their Jolie Pitt Foundation, the money from the wedding photos is listed. Very clearly. “Wedding photos– Ending Book Value, $20,000; Fair Market Value $50,000.” That’s the only mention of them. So what happened to the $5 million?

There is no other mention of it in the charity’s 2014 filing, nor is their any notation of it in Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation.

Back on September 2, 2014, I interviewed the photographer, who said he had done the job for free.

The 2014 does list income– under Royalties– at $3,961,140 million. If that money comes from the wedding photos, it’s more than a million bucks less than previously rhough.

But Contributors to the Foundation are listed as Briarcliff Trust (Pitt’s trust’s name)- $387,500; Brad Pitt–$38,000; Angelina Jolie Family Trust $575,500; Australian Center for AG Research–$63,407; the UK’s National Health Service– $8,293.

In 2013, Jolie’s lawyer, Robert Offer, contributed $5,000 to the charity.

It’s not like the Jolie-Pitt Foundation isn’t generous. They distributed $1.4 million to charities in 2014, mostly in Namibia. The couple– not the Foundation– doesn’t stint on itself, however. They’re said to be worth over $400 million.

Jolie-Pitt Foundation is unfortunately not that transparent. A call to Foundation Source, which administers the foundation, proved to be a dead end. They refused to give the number of anyone associated with Jolie Pitt. The foundation seems to be run by Jolie’s business manager in Hollywood. We’ll see if anyone responds.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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