Here’s a quote from George Clooney from a while ago, “I enjoy living in a nice house and having a nice life. So I do two or three commercials overseas a year to sort of fill in, because they pay pretty well.”
After hearing the news this morning that he’s the highest paid actor from the year 2017, he probably could give up doing a commercial or two. He raked in the cash from the sale of Casamigos Tequila. Between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, Clooney made $239 million. More money than any other actor has ever, that coming from Forbes. Number two was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with an estimated $124 million before taxes. Much of that is thanks to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but he had several projects last year. Robert Downey Jr. rounded out the top 3 with $81 million.
Here’s some additional fast facts:
- In 2013, Clooney, Mike Meldman and Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s husband) founded Casamigos. Last year, Diageo bought the brand for $700 million.
- The Rock credited social media (113 million followers on Instagram, 13 mill on Twitter) with his epic success. “Social media has become the most critical element of marketing a movie for me,” he told Forbes. “I have established a social media equity with an audience around the world that there’s a value in what I’m delivering to them.”
- Iron Man earned an estimated $15 million for a limited-screen-time role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.