George Clooney Net Worth

How much is George Clooney worth?

Net Worth:$500 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:May 6, 1961
Country:United States of America
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Fame was in his blood for actor, director, producer, writer, humanitarian and heartthrob George Clooney. But the television star-turned-movie megastar nursed dreams of being a professional baseball player and news anchor and was approaching his mid-30s before he landed his big break on ER as the object of every woman’s affection, Dr. Doug Ross.

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Who Is George Clooney

George Timothy Clooney, actor, film producer, director, model, and activist is the son of Nick Clooney and Nina Warren. He was born in Kentucky and grew up mostly in Kentucky and Ohio. He is married to Amal Clooney (Alamuddin), and the father of twins, Ella and Alexander. He is also the nephew of Rosemary Clooney, whom he chauffeured around to glamorous parties. In High School his dream was to play baseball for the Cincinnati Reds. When the baseball dream fell through (either because he couldn’t hit a curve ball or because he couldn’t throw), he decided to give acting a try. His first role was as an extra in the mini-series Centennial in 1978.

American actor George Clooney has a net worth ballparked at $500 million dollars, as of 2021.

How did George Clooney get so rich?

While George raked in the money for his acting gigs, the money he invested elsewhere is what really made him rich. Clooney has made many investments in real estate; villas in Italy, mansions in America, and apartments and vacation homes all over the world.

His biggest windfall came about due to his dissatisfaction with available Tequila, this frustration turned into a catalyst and some serious cash. George and his friend Randy Gerber started experimenting with their own tequila recipes, making a batch and taste testing until they found the one they liked. They named their prized recipe Casamigos after the vacation compound in Mexico where they did their “research”. At first they only shared with friends, but in 2013 Casamigos went into commercial production, and became wildly popular. Four years later the friends sold the company for nearly a billion dollars! When talking about how he no longer needed to act to, “pay the rent”, he said, “I sold a tequila company for a billion f***ing dollars. I don’t need money” .

What he doesn’t invest in is the stock market, “I didn’t put money in the stock market. To me that’s like Vegas without the dancing girls – none of the fun, no gambling or dancing or drinking – and you don’t get to participate. So I paid off my house in cash when I could. It’s about having a foundation for when things go bad.” This seems like a plan that has paid off, he earned the title of “Highest paid actor of 2018”, despite not having made a movie since 2016.

Why is he so famous?

George Clooney has received a British Academy Film Award, two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, and many nominations, not only for acting but also for directing and producing. Clooney first became well known for his role as Dr. Doug Ross in the medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999 (having played a different Dr. Doug Ross a decade earlier in a sitcom E/R.)

While his acting career has not always been exemplary (Batman and Robin), he has always looked good. He even managed to make a disheveled mullet look good in his roles in The Facts of Life and Roseanne. His many roles in movies; From Dusk til Dawn, One Fine Day, Out of Sight, The Thin Red Line, The Perfect Storm, Three Kings, O Brother Where Art Thou, the Ocean’s franchise and others have insured that he is a very recognizable celebrity.

What makes him so successful?

When asked about his success, George said that before finding fame at 34, “…I’d failed a lot and having failed a lot I understood how lucky success was because it’s not just about your brilliance”. He went on to say that luck has a lot to do with it and that, “I think the reason why a lot of young people are such screw ups, is oftentimes they didn’t have the luxury I had of forming important relationships and opinions and life experiences before having success.”

George has made plenty of money in the movie industry, and used that money to make more money, but his success as a person has come from his other work. George has been a force for change and humanitarian needs around the world, using his own time and money to create positive change. He doesn’t always appreciate the spotlight, but uses it to bring awareness to issues he feels strongly about and was named a U.N. “Messenger of Peace”. Closer to home he makes an effort to stay close to friends and family, even giving out suitcases with $1,000,000.00 to each of his fourteen closest friends, to thank them for being there for him when he was starting out.


George Timothy Clooney became rich and famous through perseverance and thought. He spent longer struggling for a foothold in an acting career than many people will spend in a successful career. Having gotten very rich through the sale of his Tequila company, he has been thoughtful not only in preserving his fortune, but also in using it to help others. He has worked hard to maintain relationships with family and friends and is well known for being a “good guy”. He makes an effort to keep himself humble, “I watch Batman & Robin from time to time. It’s the worst movie I ever made, so it’s a good lesson in humility.”

In talking about Rosemary Clooney, and the struggles and pressure of fame and success, Clooney stated, “Handling success well is a trick”, and that he learned a lot about handling success through his Aunt Rosemary, “I’ve got a great advantage because (she) was very successful at a young age in the 50s, and she didn’t handle it well”. He went on to say, “I got a really good lesson in the idea that all of this is fleeting… I know what the journey is…”, he realized through her that success can be fleeting, and that you need to enjoy it while you have it.

George Clooney has succeeded in what we think of as being “successful”, he has money, loyal friends, a fabulous career (with no end in sight), several beautiful homes, a lovely wife and healthy children. George Clooney is a success in many ways, not only in terms of money, but also at being a good person.

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Written by Victoria Rothstein

Victoria Rothstein entered the financial industry in 2002 and worked with an investment firm in Singapore until 2014. After more than ten years and as a shareholder as well as an executive, she left to focus on her own investments. Originally from New York she continues to live and work within emerging markets. Hong Kong is now her base, yet she is also often in Thailand, Indonesia and mainland China.

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