George Clooney has been declared the world’s highest paid actor of the last year – but not for doing all that much acting...


Rather than amassing a huge paycheck for films such as Suburbicon, Clooney topped Forbes' annual list of earners thanks to the sale of the tequila company he co-founded.

Called Casamigos, the business was sold last year in a $1bn deal that, combined with his other income, saw Clooney make $239m (£185m) between June 2017 and June 2018.

According to Forbes, Clooney's pre-tax earnings were the most any actor in history has made in a year.

The sum almost put him $100m ahead of the next-highest-paid actor, Dwayne Johnson, with the Jumanji star raking in a total of $119m (£92m).

Mark Wahlberg, who topped 2017's list with $68m (£52.5m), was missing from this year’s rankings

Forbes list of the world's best-paid male actors 2018

  1. George Clooney - $239m (£185m)
  2. Dwayne Johnson - $119m (£92m)
  3. Robert Downey Jr - $79m (£61.2m)
  4. Chris Hemsworth - $64.5m (£49.9m)
  5. Jackie Chan -$45.5m (£32.9m)
  6. Will Smith - $42m (£32.5m)
  7. Akshay Kumar -$40.5m (£31.4m)
  8. Adam Sandler - $39.5m (£30.6m)
  9. Chris Evans - $34m (£26.3m)
  10. Salman Khan - $33.5m (£25.9m)


The male pay packets are well above the earnings of the highest-paid female stars, released by Forbes last week. Although Scarlett Johansson was revealed as the highest paid actress, earning $40.5m (£31.9m), she would only appear seventh in the male list.

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