George Clooney was the world’s highest-paid actor in the past year, according to Forbes. And he wasn’t even in a movie!
Clooney took home an industry-leading pretax paycheck of $239 million in the calendar year between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.
His wealth surged after his share of the $700m sale of his tequila company, Casamigos, to the British company liquor company, Diageo.
The 57-year-old told Good Morning America: “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’.
“So, four years later when we were offered a billion dollars to sell the company, yeah, we were kind of shocked”. It’s quiet shocking that the highest paid actor in the past year wasn’t even in a movie.
2018 is built on solid Rock for Dwayne Johnson as he takes the number two spot with “Jumanji”, “Rampage” and the TV show “Ballers.
Similarly, Scarlett Johansson, known for her role in the Avengers film as the Black Widow, has become the highest paid actress with $40.5m.
Here are the ten highest-paid actors in the world, according to Forbes:
1. George Clooney — $239m
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — $124m
3. Robert Downey Jr. — $81m
4. Chris Hemsworth — $64.5m
5. Jackie Chan — $45.5m
6. Will Smith — $42m
7. Akshay Kumar — $40.5m
8. Adam Sandler — $39.5m
9. Salman Khan — $38.5m
10. Chris Evans — $34m
Below are the ten highest-paid actresses in the world, according to Forbes:
1. Scarlett Johansson — $40.5m
2. Angelina Jolie — $28m
3. Jennifer Aniston — $19.5m
4. Jennifer Lawrence — $18m
5. Reese Witherspoon — $16.5m
6. Mila Kunis — $16m
7. Julia Roberts — $13m
8. Cate Blanchett — $12.5m
9. Melissa McCarthy — $12m
10. Gal Gadot — $10m