George Clooney on Wednesday, August 22, climbed to the top of an annual list of the world’s highest-paid actors, earning an estimated $239 million between June 2017-June 2018, thanks largely to the sale of his tequila company.
The Oscar-winning actor, 57, who topped Forbes‘ annual ranking of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, surpassed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson” who came in at No. 2.
It is understood that a huge portion of Clooney’s cash flow comes from selling his Casamigos Tequila company for $1 billion which occurred in June 2017.
“We never planned on starting a tequila company,” Clooney told Good Morning America of how he and business partners Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman sold the company. “You know, we made Casamigos just for us to drink. Once we did launch the company, we thought, ‘Hey, if we could sell a bottle or two, great. If not, at least we still get to drink our own tequila.”
He added, “So, four years later when we’re offered a billion dollars to sell the company, yeah, we were kind of shocked.”
The Rock came in second place with an estimated $124 million, earning large sums of money from films such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Skyscraper.
Forbes says his large social media following of 113 million followers has looped him to leverage deals as well.
“Social media has become the most critical element of marketing a movie for me,” Johnson told the magazine. “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.”
Below are the remaining highest earning actors:
3. Robert Downey Jr., 53, scored $81 million from his portrayal of Iron Man in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
4. Chris Hemsworth, 36, pocketed $64.5 million as Thor in Marvel movies, including “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
5. Jackie Chan, 64, earned $45.5 million after starring in six movies in 2017, including “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” His earnings also included money from endorsements and his own chain of movie theaters in China.
Together, the world’s ten highest-paid actors tallied $748.5 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, before fees and taxes.