George Clooney makes US$30,000 every hour
From the time you downed the last dredges of your morning coffee and were finally ready to tackle the hellscape that is your inbox, George Clooney made almost US$30,000.
Or to be exact: US$27,283. Every hour, another $27,283. It pays to be George Clooney.
That estimate is courtesy of Business Insider, which crunched the numbers after Forbes released its highest-paid celebrities list for 2018. Clooney topped the list as the highest-paid actor, making US$$239 million between June 2017 and June 2018. Estimates have put Clooney's total net worth at US$500 million—yep, that's half a billion dollars.
Clooney's salary bump is thanks to his drinks brand. Clooney helped start Casamigos back in 2013 with some rich friends. Last June, they sold the company to drinks giant Diageo for US$700 million, with the potential for another US$300 million over the next 10 years if customers continue liking Casamigos.
In other words, it was a billion-dollar deal. Clooney's cut was about US$233 million. Add that to the money he gets from endorsements and old movies, and you get US$239 million.