George Clooney has long been a household name in Hollywood. The 57-year-old actor is one of the most successful in Tinseltown, with three Golden Globe awards and two Academy Awards under his belt. The actor-turned-director, who has twins with his human rights lawyer wife Amal, is estimated to be worth £375million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Read on to see how the man from Kentucky made his money…
How did George make his money?
The actor's colossal wealth is all thanks to his film and TV projects. George moved to LA to pursue the bright lights of Hollywood in his teenage years. The handsome actor's first role was as an extra in the TV miniseries Centennial. His landed his first major role in 1984 on short-lived sitcom E/R, which was on air for a year; a decade later, he starred on hospital drama ER. This was hailed as his breakthrough role, and George received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor.
George is estimated to be worth £375million
Following his success, the man of the moment went on to star in From Dusk till Dawn, One Fine Day, The Perfect Storm, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Ocean's Eleven to name a few. The latter inspired two sequels also starring George – Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. His most recent blockbusters include Money Monster, Hail, Caesar!, The Descendants, Gravity and Tomorrowland. After turning his hand to directing, George both starred and directed The Ides of March, The Monuments Men and Leatherheads to name a few.
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How many millions did George Clooney sell his tequila brand for?
Apart from his glittering A-list Hollywood career, George can also call himself a tequila tycoon. The actor teamed up with Mike Meldman and Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford's husband) to create their premium tequila brand, Casamigos. The trio sold their business to Diageo for a reported £525million in 2017. At the time, the alcohol giants said they would pay an additional £225million depending on the brand's performance. Divided between the three owners, George is estimated to have made £112million after taxes.
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George made sure that he would still be involved in the business. He told International Business Times: "If you asked us four years ago if we had a billion dollar company, I don't think we would have said yes. This reflects Diageo's belief in our company and our belief in Diageo. But we're not going anywhere. We'll still be very much a part of Casamigos. Starting with a shot tonight. Maybe two."
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Diageo also released a statement, confirming: "To date, the founders have built a brand that has thrived under their organic approach in reaching and expanding their 'house of friends', and they will continue to promote the brand and provide their leadership and vision. We are delighted that the founders will have continued involvement and active participation in the future success of Casamigos. This, combined with the strengths of Diageo, will ensure the continued momentum of the brand."
George and Amal tied the knot in September 2014
Is George Clooney planning to retire?
With millions in the bank, the father-of-two could be excused for not wanting to ever work again. George has openly said he doesn't need the money, and he's being more picky with his film and TV projects, but that doesn't mean he plans to retire any time soon. "Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I'm 56," he told The Sunday Times in 2017. "I'm not the guy that gets the girl any more. But, look, if somebody's got Paul Newman in The Verdict, I'd jump. But there aren't that many like that. Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion dollars. I don't need money."
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"I have money," he continued. "So, I can fight to make movies I want to make. If you look at what I've been in over the past 15 years, for the most part they weren't going to get made if I didn't do them. Nobody was going to make Good Night, and Good Luck, Michael Clayton or Up in the Air, and I fought to get those out there. I'll make money other ways if I have to."
The couple, pictured attending the royal wedding, have twins Ella and Alexander
What charity work does George Clooney do?
George and his wife Amal have contributed to various causes close to their heart. In February 2018, the couple announced that they were donating £375,000 to March for Our Lives, a movement to advocate for dun control. The Clooneys, who made the donation in the name of their twins Ella and Alexander, also attended the Washington D.C. march. George is also is involved with Not On Our Watch Project, an organisation that focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities. Other celebrity activists include his close friends Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
Who is George Clooney married to?
The actor was previously married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993. It wasn't for another two decades that George proposed to his second wife, Amal Alamuddin, in April 2014. The couple married just five months later in Venice, with George's close friend and former mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, conducting the ceremony. George and Amal welcomed their twins, Ella and Alexander in June 2017.