George Clooney gifts 14 of his closest friends an astonishing 'thank you' present
George Clooney has been having a pretty good time over the last few years. After meeting and marrying the love of his life back in 2014, his already luxurious life as one of the most successful actors in Hollywood got even better. Recently, we found out that he had retired from the acting game entirely, down to the fact he had sold his tequila company for a whopping $1 billion at the beginning of this year.
At the time, he explained that "I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore." But it did seem like that the purchase of the Casamigos Tequila company had some effect. "Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion f*cking dollars," the actor said. "I don’t need money."
The company was founded by Clooney along with his friends back in 2013 and it grew in size and wealth exponentially. Recently, however, one of these co-founders came out to explain how generous George is, by describing how he gifted him with $1 million, just for being a loyal friend.
Rande Gerber, an entertainment industry businessman and former model, was invited along with thirteen others to have dinner at Clooney's home. During a recent interview on the US show Headliners, he explained that they were called down in September 2013, where they each found designer black luggage waiting for them on the table when they arrived.
"'Listen, I want you guys to know how much you’ve meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life'," Gerber recalled George saying. "'I came to LA, I slept on your couch. I’m so fortunate in my life to have all of you and I couldn’t be where I am today without all of you."
"So, it was really important to me that while we’re still all here together, that I give back. So I want you all to open your suitcases.'"
"We open it up, and it’s a million dollars in $20 bills. Every one of us — 14 of us — got a million dollars. Every single one of us."
"We’re in shock. Like, what is this? He goes, 'I know we’ve all been through some hard times, some of you are still going through it. You don’t have to worry about your kids, you don’t have to worry about, you know, school, you don’t have to worry about paying your mortgage'."
Gerber goes on to explain that they were from all walks of life, with one of the guests trying to support his family by working at a Texas bar, cycling to work each day. "I mean these are guys that took care of George and now he’s giving it all back," Gerber described, but he didn't feel taking the money.
The businessman has made his own fortune on bars, clubs, and restaurants across the world. So he was pretty surprised to be included among some of the guests there and knew he didn't need the money.
“I pull him aside and said, ‘I absolutely am not taking this million dollars'. Immediately George goes, ‘I’m just going to make one announcement. If Rande doesn’t take the million dollars, nobody gets it.’"
While Gerber clearly didn't need the money, he eventually took it, having the bright idea to donate the entire case-full of twenties to charity. Still, he believes this is an example of those who do well to others receiving good fortune in return.
“This is who George is. That was September 27th, 2013. Now September 27th, 2014, he marries Amal. Now that’s good karma right there."
I've got to say, I'm pretty jealous of the fourteen that went to this dinner. We can hope that one day one of our friends makes us a similar offer. I don't think I'd have any qualms pocketing that cash.