The rich and famous have a reputation for being cautious when it comes to mixing friendships and money – perhaps wisely not wanting to be taken advantage of by someone who’s only in it for the perks. But it surely brings much pleasure to be able to spoil those trusted few who have proved their love and loyalty, as George Clooney knows all too well.
The Hollywood actor is known to join his closest male friends, reportedly dubbed ‘The Boys’, on golf holidays and weekend jaunts away. According to the Times, the group of around 14 illustrious men is said to include the actor Richard Kind, businessman (and husband of Cindy Crawford) Rande Gerber and the multi-hyphenate actor/ producer/ screenwriter/ director Grant Heslov.
If those names are anything to go by, it seems that most of ‘The Boys’ are highly successful individuals in their own right. But this did not prevent Clooney from gifting them $1 million dollars – each – in September 2013.
The story first came to light in 2017, initially disclosed by Rande Gerber during a conversation with MSNBC, but Clooney has now addressed it in a recent interview with GQ. The 59-year-old explained that he had come into a large amount of money following the huge success of the 2013 film Gravity, for which he was paid a percentage of the profits instead of a fee.
He stated, ‘I was a single guy,’ noting that he wasn’t certain at the time if he would ever have a family of his own. The actor subsequently married human rights barrister Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin) in 2014, with whom he now has twins.
Clooney went on: ‘I thought, “What I do have are all these guys who’ve all, over a period of 35 years, helped me in one way or another. I’ve slept on their couches when I was broke. They’ve loaned me money”.’ If he was hit by a bus, he continues, ‘they’re all in the will. So why am I waiting to get hit by a bus?’
The actor explains that he rented a van and used a car lift to go down to a vault, where he had organised that he would collect the $14 million, in the company of ‘couple of security guys that were shitting themselves’. He relates that he filled 14 bags with $1 million each, ‘which isn’t as much as you would think it is, weight-wise’.
He then invited ‘The Boys’ round for a special dinner to present them their respective goody bags, with Gerber recalling that Clooney told them: ‘I want you guys to know how much you’ve meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life.’
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