George Clooney has officially made more money in 2018 than Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock without ever starring in a movie. The last movie Clooney starred in was in 2016. So how did Clooney make $239 million between June 2017 and June 2018? It’s thanks to the $1 billion sale of his tequila brand Casamigos to drinks giant Diageo in June last year, according to Forbes, as well as additional earnings from endorsements and older movies.
The actor and two friends founded Casamigos, one of the fastest-growing tequila brands in the world, in 2013.
In an email to CNBC at the time of the sale, Clooney said: “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.”
Elsewhere on Forbes’ list, The Rock came in second place banking $124 million in the same period, followed by Robert Downey Jr. at $81 million.