What Is George Clooney’s Net Worth in 2022? How Did George Clooney Make His Money?

George Timothy Clooney is an American actor and filmmaker. He has won many awards including four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and a British Academy Film Award. He also received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Read the full article below to know about George Clooney’s net worth, personal life, career highlights, and many more.

George Clooney’s Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, George Clooney has an estimated net worth of $500 million. He is among one the most popular A-List actors in the industry and earns a minimum of $20 million for each film. Apart from his successful career in acting, he also co-founded Casamigos Tequila.

Early Life

George was born on 6 May 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the child of Nick Clooney, a former TV host, and anchorman, and Nina Bruce, a beauty queen, and city councilwoman. Clooney went to Blessed Sacrament School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, and later the family relocated to Mason, Ohio.

The Clooney family got back to Kentucky and, when he was in his seventh grade, he suffered from Bell’s Palsy which is a condition in which the face is partial paralyzes. The condition disappeared after a year, but he has explained having tough times in school since he was bullied because of it.

George was an avid basketball and basement player and in fact, following his high school, he attempted to play for the Cincinnati Reds though he did not make the team.

From 1979 to 1981, he attended Northern Kentucky University to major in broadcast journalism, however, did not complete his graduation.

Personal Life

George is actively involved in many political causes including the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, and raising relief funds following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Clooney is also engaged with the Not On Our Watch project.

In 1989, he tied the knot with Talia Balsam though, in 1993, the couple divorced. He continued to live with his pet until the pig’s demise in 2006.

In April 2014, he announced his engagement with British-Lebanese human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin and both of them got married officially in September 2014 at Ca’ Farsetti. In July 2017, they welcomed twins together, Ella and Alexander.

Early Career and Breakthrough

Following his relocation to Los Angeles, he used to live in his car for a while. Soon, Clooney landed minor roles in TV shows like “Roseanne”, “The Facts of Life” and “The Golden Girls”.

In 1984, George booked his first significant role with the sitcom “E/R” which premiered in 1994 and he portrayed the character of Dr. Doug Ross.

When he was still on “ER”, Clooney featured in several movies like “One Fine Day”, “From Dusk till Dawn”, and “Out of Sight”. He also replaced Val Kilmer as “Batman”, however, he landed in just one “Batman” movie.

From 1994 to 1999, he was featured in “ER” and later, in 2000 and 2009. He became part of a total of 109 episodes and it also brought him 2 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations and 3 Golden Globe nominations for best actor for his portrayal as Dr. Ross on “ER”.

In 1999, he left “ER” 1999 and had several other box office successes, along with his well-known, “Ocean’s 11”. In the same year, George then appeared in the 2000 films titled “The Perfect Storm” and “O’ Brother, Where Art Thou”. He then returned to reprise his role in “Ocean’s 12” and “Ocean’s 13”.

What Is George Clooney's Net Worth in 2022?
George Clooney

In 2005, He also landed the cast of the film titled “Syriana”, and it also brought him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

George also received nominations for both writing and directing “Good Night, and Good Luck” in the same year and was the first person in the history of Oscar who received a nomination for helming a film and starring in another, that same year.

He went on a series of successful projects when he appeared in the 2009 film titled “The Men Who Stare at Goats”, alongside Ewan McGregor, and also starred in “Up in the Air” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” in the same year.

George’s performance was critically praised in the 2011 film titled “The Descendants”, “The Ides of March” (2013), and also in the 2012 film “Argo”. He is the sole person in the history of Oscar who received nominations for awards in 6 different categories.

Clooney also won critical appreciation when he appeared in the 2013 film titled “Gravity” alongside Sandra Bullock. 

Career Earnings and Salary Highlights

Clooney made $40,000 for every appearance for the 19 episodes of “Sisters” in which he appeared and that totals to $760,000.

Then, for each episode of “ER”, he made $100,000 each episode. Clooney deliberately never demanded any increment and rather kept focusing on becoming such a huge celebrity to progress his career in films. He made nearly $11 million in total for his work in “ER”.

George received one of his biggest early paychecks in the film “One Fine Day” (1996) and ended up earning $3 million.

For his single “Batman” appearance, he was paid $10 million and the same amount he earned for “Out of Sight”, $15 million for “Intolerable Cruelty”, $8 million for “The Perfect Storm”, $15 million for “Ocean’s Thirteen” and $20 million for “Ocean’s Eleven” which was his career-high. 

Nespresso Earnings

Since 2013, Clooney has been featured in many commercials for Nespresso. He earned $40 million to date with this endorsement deal.

In order to finance a spy satellite that appears over Sudan at all times, he famously kept aside a portion of every paycheck. This satellite paid attention just to the former Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir for much of the last decade.

Omar had been alleged of gross hate crimes and violations of human rights that resulted in thousands of deaths. The satellite did not just monitor Bashir in person but it also tracked his armed forces in order to be aware of movements and probable human rights violations.

In April 2019, Omar was removed in a military coup. After a number of months, he was arrested, pleaded guilty, and sent to prison.

Declined Paycheck of $35 Million

During an interview in December 2021, Clooney stated that at one point, he received an offer of $35 million just for a single day’s work filming a commercial for an airline which was owned and operated by an unnamed country that he explained as an “ally” of the US but “is questionable at times.”

As per Clooney, he had a conversation with Amal regarding the proposal and they decided together that the money “wasn’t worth it,” and eventually he refused it.

Earnings From Casamigos Tequila

Clooney and entrepreneurs Rande Gerber and Michael Meldman set up Casamigos Tequila in 2013. Gerber is possibly well known for being the spouse of Cindy Crawford whereas Meldman is a real estate tycoon.

All of them initially introduced the brand as a private label in order to provide tequila to friends and family. In 2013, they made the brand a public label.

In June 2017, George, Gerber, and Meldman decided to sell Casamigos for $1 billion to alcohol conglomerate Diageo. They received cash of $700 million and $300 million in bonuses which they will receive on the basis of future performance goals.

Taking into account a three-way divide on the first $700 million, Clooney’s pre-tax cut would be nearly $230 million and after taxes, it would be about $150 million.

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