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From the time you downed the last dredges of your morning coffee and were finally ready to tackle the hellscape that is your inbox, George Clooney made $27,283. Every hour, another $27,283. It pays to be George Clooney.
That estimate is courtesy of Business Insider, which crunched the numbers after Forbes released its highest-paid celebrities list for 2018. Clooney topped the list as the highest-paid actor, making $239 million between June 2017 and June 2018. Estimates have put Clooney’s total net worth at $500 million—yep, that’s half a billion dollars.
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Clooney’s salary bump is thanks to tequila. Clooney helped start Casamigos Tequila back in 2013 with some rich friends. Last June, they sold the company to drinks giant Diageo for $700 million, with the potential for another $300 million over the next 10 years if customers continue liking Casamigos. In other words, it was a billion-dollar deal. Clooney’s cut was about $233 million. Add that to the money he gets from endorsements and old movies, and you get $239 million.
“If you asked us four years ago if we had a billion dollar company, I don’t think we would have said yes,” Clooney told CNBC back when the sale was made. “But we’re not going anywhere. We’ll still be very much a part of Casamigos. Starting with a shot tonight. Maybe two.”
Obviously, the lesson we’re taking from all this is: You always have a friend in tequila.
As for the other top-earning celebs, Kylie Jenner was the highest-paid celebrity personality (and the soon-to-be youngest “self-made” billionaire), making $166.5 million in the past year. According to Business Insider, that evens out to $19,006 an hour. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who topped the highest-paid actors list last year, made $124 million, which evens out to $14,155 an hour.
For reference, the Bureau of Labor Statistics put the average hourly wage for U.S. workers at $27.05 in July. Hope you’re having a good day at work.