Forbes has followed-up their list of the highest-paid actresses in the world (Scarlett Johansson holds the top spot) with their list of the world’s highest-paid actors. And if the year was the magical amalgam of the years in which all the Ocean’s films and Gravity were released, then Forbes’ choice for the number-one spot would make sense. Instead, it’s 2018 and the world’s highest-paid actor is George Clooney, a man who acted in nothing this year. As if that wasn’t crazy enough, George reportedly hit the top spot by earning an insane amount of money.
George Clooney blew last year’s highest-paid actor Mark Wahlberg out of the water. Mark was the highest-paid actor of 2017 with $68 million. George is this year’s highest-paid actor with $239 million. All that money, and he didn’t have a line to memorize or a camera to wink at. Forbes says that George became this year’s highest-paid actor almost solely from the sale of his tequila company, Casamigos, for $700 million to alcohol company Diageo last June.
Forbes calculates their list based on earnings made between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. George and his tequila partner Rande Gerber sold Casamigos in June 2017, so it counts. At the time, it wasn’t known how much George would make from the sale, but apparently he made somewhere in the neighborhood of $239 million. Some of George’s money also came from residuals and endorsements, like those Nespresso commercials. So beans and booze made George very rich.
Here’s the top ten. The runner-up spot went to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, with an astounding $124 million, and that was money that was actually made from acting.
1. George Clooney – $239 million
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – $124 million
3. Robert Downey Jr. – $81 million
4. Chris Hemsworth – $64.5 million
5. Jackie Chan – $45.5 million
6. Will Smith – $42 million
7. Akshay Kumar – $40.5 million
8. Adam Sandler – $39.5 million
9. Salman Khan – $38.5 million
10. Chris Evans – $34 million
All those actors made so much money, way more than their female counterparts. But I still bet some of them are pissed that George made the list of the world’s highest-paid actors while only technically being an actor. Sure, that’s the job we know him for, but it’s pretty clear he’s a tequila tycoon now. I just hope George’s success doesn’t inspire anyone on that list to try for more millions by launching their own alcohol brand. Adam Sandler’s Billy Madi-sour Apple Mix doesn’t sound like something I want to try.