How Is The Net Worth of George Clooney $500 Million?

March 6, 2021

Have you ever wondered what the Net Worth of George Clooney is? Well, as one of the world’s most famous actors, Clooney has amassed quite the fame (and fortune). Beginning in the 1980s, Clooney mostly acted in TV series such as Roseanne (1988) and Sisters (1991). His first major acting role was as a doctor in the popular drama series, ER (1994). While starring in ER, Clooney began acting in films. His first roles included Batman & Robin (1997) and Peacemaker (1997).

Clooney left ER in 1999 to focus on his movie career. He would go on to star in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and The Perfect Storm (2000). His first box office hit was Ocean’s Eleven (2001), the first of the famous trilogy with Ocean’s Twelve (2004), and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007). Via his many acting roles and business endeavors, George Clooney has amassed a personal net worth of roughly $500 Million. The rest of this post will outline how Clooney used his physical appearance, philanthropic efforts, and business savvy to become one of the most successful/influential people in Hollywood.

Early Life

George Clooney spent most of his early life in Kentucky and Ohio. Born on May 6th, 1961, Clooney was immediately exposed to the entertainment industry. His father, Nick Clooney, and his aunt, Rosemary Clooney, were a broadcast journalist and famous singer/actress, respectively. 

Even with this exposure to the industry however, George initially wanted to be a baseball player. He even tried out for the Cincinatti Reds and pursued his acting career shortly after not making the team.

Movie Career

George Clooney Movie Career
Source Fortune

Clooney is known for starring in films and as characters that reflect his liberal political views. He is also widely-recognized as being one of Hollywood’s best looking and most influential actors as well.

Besides acting, Clooney has also directed and produced films and joins Brad Pitt as the only two actors to have won Academy Awards for both Best Supporting Actor (Syriana, 2005) and Best Picture (Argo, 2012).

Nespresso Earnings

In 2006, Clooney became a Global Ambassador for Nespresso Europe. The famous coffee business, a subsidiary of Nestle, has grown tremendously over the past two decades, extending into coffee-maker sales as well. Known as “the face of Nespresso”, the partnership between Clooney and the brand has been a successful one and in 2015, his ambassadorship grew to include their North America business as well.

While reports say that Clooney’s contract with Nespresso is worth $40 Million, I would not be surprised if it’s higher than that. He has been a valuable part of their marketing campaigns globally and has contributed to the tremendous growth the brand has seen in the past 15 years.

Casamigos Tequila

When it comes to celebrities creating/developing their own liquor collection, Clooney and his partners Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman have become the Gold standard.

After they created their now world-famous tequila brand, Casamigos, in 2013, Clooney and his partners sold the brand of tequila to one of the world’s largest spritmakers, Diageo. The sale was for $700 Million in 2017, with the possibility of another $300M depending on the performance of the brand over time.

What initially began as a search for good tequila, Clooney and his partners turned their ~$700,000 of individual seed money into over $230M each!

Clooney’s successful sale of the brand is arguably what caused a series of celebrities to begin their own liquor/wine ventures. Some notable examples include Ryan Reynolds (Aviation Gin), Michael Jordan (Cincoro Tequila), Sean “Diddy” Combs (Ciroc Vodka), and the most recent example, Kendall Jenner (818 Tequila).

George Clooney Net Worth 2021

As of 2021, the net worth of George Clooney is 500 million dollars. With the combination of successful box-office hits and the sale of Casamigos Clooney has been able to amass a half-billion fortune.

His most successful roles/productions include the Ocean’s Trilogy (2001, 2004, 2007), the critically-acclaimed Syriana (2005), and Argo (2012), both of which he won an Academy Award for, and Gravity (2013) with Sandra Bullock.

Below are some of George Clooney’s  most successful and highest grossing movies of all time.

2013GravityMatt Kowalski
2009Up in the AirRyan Bingham
2009Fantastic Mr. FoxMr. Fox
2007Ocean’s ThirteenDanny Ocean
2005SyrianaBob Barnes
2005Good Night, and Good LuckFred Friendly
2004Ocean’s TwelveDanny Ocean
2003Spy Kids 3-D: Game OverDevlin
2002Confessions of a Dangerous MindJim Byrd
2002SolarisDr. Chris Kelvin
2001Ocean’s ElevenDanny Ocean
Source: Fandango

Key Takeaways

  • Identify your strengths: Early in his career, similar to Tom Cruise, George Clooney quickly became known for his on-screen poise, good looks, and physical appearance. Knowing this, he took advantage of many different opportunities early on in his career and developed a character-type that he excelled in and aligned with his personality.
  • Develop your brand and influence along the way!: Clooney used his influence and resources to help build Casamigos into the nearly Billion-dollar brand that it is today. While you should be great at ONE thing first, continue to learn about other industries and opportunities that may align with your values/interests.
  • Understand the Industry: Clooney not only excelled on the screen as an actor but also behind the screen, as a filmmaker and director. If you truly want to master a skill or be great in a chosen profession, it can’t hurt to understand both sides of the coin! Whether it’s employee vs. employer, actor vs. director, or coach vs. player, each side has its own agenda and list of priorities. Therefore, understanding the other side will help you meet, and exceed, all expectations.

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