George Clooney Tops Forbes' Highest-Paid Actors List

George Clooney
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George Clooney arrives at the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring himself at the Dolby Theatre on June 7, 2018 in Los Angeles. 

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is way behind with $124 million in earnings.

George Clooney can raise a glass, even if he’s not starring in any hit movies. The 57-year-old tops the 2018 Forbes list of highest-paid actors with $239 million in pretax earnings. Forbes credits up to $1 billion that a British conglomerate said it would pay for Casamigos Tequila, which Clooney co-founded in 2013 with two entrepreneurs. The actor’s wealth also includes additional earnings from endorsements and older movies.   

The rankings include on-screen and outside earnings.   

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ranked second with $124 million pretax. Forbes says a huge social media following helped Johnson nearly double his 2017 earnings because he’s able to negotiate an extra seven figures over his standard contract for promotion. In addition to his giant upfront paychecks for films including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Johnson also has a cut of the profits.   

Robert Downey Jr. was third with $81 million thanks to his estimated $15 million payday for his limited role in Spider-Man: Homecoming and an even bigger check fro Avengers: Infinity War, followed by his Avengers co-star Thor: Ragnarok headliner Chris Hemsworth with $64.5 million and Jackie Chan’s $45.5 million for his appearance in six films in 2017, as well as producer credits and endorsements.  

Also on the list were Will Smith (No. 6, $42 million), Bollywood leading man Akshay Kumar (No. 7 $40.5 million), Adam Sandler (No. 8, $39.5 million), another Bollywood star, Salman Khan (No. 9, $38.5 million) and  Avengers/Captain America star Chris Evans (No. 10, $34 million).

All told, the world's highest-paid actors racked up $748.5 million between June 1, 2017, and June 2018, before fees and taxes. By comparison, the world's top-paid actresses earned a combined $186 million during the same period.


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