George Clooney Net Worth
George Clooney is an American actor best known for playing iconic roles in Batman & Robin, Ocean’s Eleven, and ER. Having started his acting career in the late 1970s, Clooney has appeared in more than 75 movies and television series.
As of 2023, Clooney has starred as the lead in more than 28 films, grossing over $3.5 billion at the global box office. Though it’s not just his acting work that accounts for his massive success. George Clooney’s net worth also comes from his work as a producer and director, his brand endorsements, his real estate investments, and more. Continue on to discover his most successful projects and follow his journey from the beginning of his career.
George Clooney was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on May 6, 1961. His mother, Nina Bruce, is a former beauty queen as well as a city councilwoman. And his father, Nick Clooney, was a TV host and anchorman who spent 5 years with AMC. Additionally, Clooney also has an older sister whose name is Adelia.
Clooney’s family tree included a number of famous celebrities in the entertainment industry. The actress and cabaret singer Rosemary Clooney is his aunt. Actors Miguel Ferrer, Rafael Ferrer, and Gabriel Ferrer, whose wife is Debby Boone, are his cousins. He is also related to President Abraham Lincoln through a great-great-grandmother on the maternal side.
As part of a Catholic family, Clooney attended the Blessed Sacrament School in Kentucky. He also studied at St. Michael’s School in Ohio, transferring later on to Western Row Elementary School. Clooney also attended St. Susanna School where he was an altar boy.
Clooney graduated from Augusta High School in Kentucky and got consistent A’s and B’s. He also played basketball and baseball, but unfortunately did not make it to the Cincinnati Reds when he tried out.
After high school, Clooney took up broadcast journalism at Northern Kentucky University. He later transferred to the University of Cincinnati but didn’t get a degree from either school.
Clooney’s first few years in Hollywood were not nearly as glamorous as his life today. But he wasn’t exactly destitute because he was staying with his famous aunt Rosemary Clooney while looking for work.
Soon, he landed small roles in famous television shows. Some of his earliest appearances were in The Facts of Life, Murder She Wrote, The Golden Girls, and Roseanne.
The first TV role that really catapulted Clooney to fame was as Dr. Doug Ross in the medical drama ER. It is interesting to note that Clooney also appeared in an earlier sitcom called E/R back in 1984. The two are completely different shows. Making a reported $100,000 per episode of the series, George Clooney’s net worth grew by $11 million from the show alone.
While doing ER, for which he appeared in a total of 109 episodes, Clooney also appeared in several blockbuster films. Among his more famous movies from the 90s were From Dusk till Dawn, One Fine Day, and Out of Sight.
Batman & Robin
He also starred as Batman in the 1997 Batman & Robin. The DC had a budget of $125 million and earned more than $238 million worldwide. Clooney was reportedly paid $1 million while co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger was allegedly paid $25 million.
In 2000, Clooney was cast in the role of Captain Billy Tyne in The Perfect Storm. This was quickly followed by the comedy-drama O Brother, Where Art Thou? Both films did very well at the box office and critics praised him for his performance.
Ocean’s Movie Trilogy
One of the biggest boosts to George Clooney’s net worth came with the Ocean’s movie franchise. The 2001 film would become one of the most iconic films of Clooney’s career. Not only did this film propel him to new heights of fame, but it also earned him a cool $20 million in base salary alone. He went on to reprise his role in the sequels Ocean’s 12 and 13.
His on-screen chemistry with Brad Pitt and the rest of the Ocean’s cast also earned them a few awards. They won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry in 2007. Clooney also got the People’s Choice Award for Favorite on Screen Match-Up with Brad Pitt in 2008.
Additionally, Clooney was also voted Best Dressed for Ocean’s Eleven at the 2002 MTV Movie & Music Awards.
In 2007, Clooney starred in the crime drama Michael Clayton. The movie tells the story of a law firm that brings in its “fixer” to fix situations after a lawyer realizes that his chemical company client is guilty in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit. With a budget of $25 million, the film grossed more than $92 million worldwide.
Up in the Air
2009 brought the rom-com Up in the Air. The film, which was directed by Jason Reitman, was nominated for 6 Oscar awards, including a Best Actor nomination for Clooney. His co-stars, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, also received nominations for their work.
The box office earnings also reflected the film’s success with critics, earning over $166 million on a budget of $25 million.
Ides of March
In 2011, Clooney not only starred in Ides of March, but he also directed the movie. Ryan Gosling, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Marisa Tomei also starred in the flick. And with a budget of $12.5 million, the movie raked in more than $76 million worldwide.
In 2013, Clooney starred alongside Sandra Bullock in Gravity. With a budget of $100 million, the film would gross more than $723 million globally. The movie’s financial success makes it Clooney’s highest-grossing film.
In 2006, Clooney won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Syriana. The same year, he was also nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck. In 2013, he was in the movie Argo which won Best Picture.
Clooney also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana. Clooney has also received 9 nominations and 1 win at the BAFTA. For his TV roles, Clooney has received nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards for his work in ER in 1995 and 1996.
A Ticket to Paradise
His most recent project was 2022’s A Ticket to Paradise, where he starred opposite Julia Roberts. With a budget of $60 million, the rom-com earned $154 million worldwide.
Also adding to George Clooney’s net worth include the sale of his Casamigos Tequila company. He sold it for $700 million to Diageo in 2017, with potentially $300 million more if the company performs well.
Also adding to his net worth are various endorsement deals, including the commercials he’s appeared in for Nespresso since 2013. It’s estimated his deal with the brand has paid $40 million over the years.
Additionally, he’s also appeared in numerous ads for Omega, advertising their various watches.
Real estate investments also significantly increase George Clooney’s net worth. Clooney and his wife, Amal, own properties in Mexico, France, Italy, and Los Angeles.
However, the most impressive property is his Lake Como villa. Clooney purchased the property for $7 million back in 2002. The home also includes a garage filled with Clooney’s classic cars.
The year after Clooney and Amal tied the knot, they purchased a 17th-century mansion on the English Island of Sonning. The $10 million dollar property sits next to the Thames river.
In 2016, Clooney and pal Rande Gerber sold their neighboring villas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for $100 million. Clooney had his custom home built in 2009 by the architecture firm Legorreta + Legorreta.
They also own a swanky condo in New York City. The couple acquired a full-floor apartment in 2016 for $14.7 million in the high-rise on One Hundred East Fifty-Third Street.
In 2021, the couple made another real estate investment, this time buying a Provence wine estate in Brignoles, France, valued at $8.3 million.
Clooney’s wife Amal Clooney (nee Alamuddin) is a British-Lebanese human rights attorney. They were married in September 2014 by Clooney’s friend and the former mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni. George and Amal are now the parents of 5-year-old twins Ella and Alexander.
Before his current marriage, Clooney has been known for his rather prolific love life. He dated actress Kelly Preston from 1987 to 1989. In 1989, he married actress Talia Balsam but they separated in 1993. Clooney then briefly dated actress Ginger Lynn Allen.
From 1995 to 2000, Clooney dated Cameron Diaz, Frances Fisher, and French celebrity Celine Balitran. He was also rumored to have dated Lucy Liu and Charlize Theron. He then had a 5-year on-off relationship with model Lisa Snowdon starting in 2000. During this time, he also dated other actresses including Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Krista Allen, Linda Thompson, and Sarah Larson.
From 2009 to 2011, Clooney’s girlfriend was Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis. From 2011 to 2013, he dated Stacy Keibler from the WWE. After meeting Amal, Clooney found his missing piece, and finally settled down and tied the knot.
George Clooney’s Net Worth
As of 2023, George Clooney’s net worth is estimated at $500 million. That amount largely comes from his acting career along with his work as a director and a producer. However, it’s also impacted by the sale of his tequila company, and his real estate investments.
Most of Clooney’s upcoming work will see him either in a director or executive producer role, including The Boys in the Boat, which stars Joel Edgerton.
Additionally, Clooney will also star in the thriller Wolfs, opposite Brad Pitt again. Jon Watts is writing and directing the project for Apple. And those are just two of more than 25 projects that Clooney has in various stages of development.