Highest-paid actors in the world: George Clooney, Dwayne Johnson top ‘Forbes’ list

George Clooney may be taking a hiatus from the big screen, but he’s still cashing in.

The 57-year-old ranks as the highest-paid actor of the year, according to Forbes’ 2018 list of top male earners, which was released Wednesday.

Clooney took in $239 million in pretax earnings, thanks to a lucrative business venture, endorsements and older movies. The extra money should come in handy taking care of his one-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander, with wife Amal Alamuddin Clooney.

The new dad claimed the top spot despite not starring in a hit movie during the 12-month period (June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018) covered in the Forbes study. The annual ranking tallies on-screen and off-screen earnings.

Clooney sold his Casamigos Tequila company to British liquor giant Diageo last June for $700 million upfront with a potential to earn $300 million in the next decade, Forbes reported. Clooney, who founded the company in 2013 with Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, took home $233 million during the sale.

Trailing closely behind at No. 2 is Dwayne Johnson. The 46-year-old raked in $124 million pretax, “the largest ever acting take-home from front-of-camera roles in Celebrity 100 history,” Forbes said.


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