George Clooney gave his best friends $1 million each

To say thanks

George Clooney alleged gave each of his best friends $1 million to say thanks for helping him throughout his career.

Rande Gerber, businessman and husband of Cindy Crawford, told MSNBC that Clooney surprised him and 13 others in 2013 when they were all invited to the actor’s house for dinner.

Gerber said that the guests arrived to find suitcases, each containing $1 million (around £750,000) in $20 notes, at their seats around the table.

Clooney is said to have told his friends that he wished to “give back”, telling them “how much you’ve meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life.”

“I came to LA, I slept on your couch,” Gerber said that Clooney told them. “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.”

Clooney then added: “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.”

George Clooney

George Clooney

Gerber also claimed that Clooney also paid off all his friends’ taxes for the year.

“One was working at a bar in Texas at the airport, trying just to support his family, rides a bicycle to work every day,” Gerber explained.

“I mean these are guys that took care of George and now he’s giving it all back.”

Gerber added that Clooney refused to take no for an answer.

Clooney’s joint fortune with wife Amal was estimated at £121 million in 2015. He sold his tequila brand, co-founded with Gerber, for almost $1 billion (£750m) earlier this year.