Recently, while talking on an episode of MSNBC’s Headliners, Hollywood star George Clooney’s best friend Rande Gerber revealed the actor gave 14 of his friends $1 million each in 2013, reported E! Online. Yes, we found this piece of information hard to digest too…
While we certainly wish we were besties with the Ocean’s Eleven star, Gerber also disclosed that Clooney paid his friends’ taxes for that whole year! “There’s a group of guys that we call ‘The Boys’. George had called me and ‘The Boys’ and said, ‘Hey, mark September 27, 2013, on your calendar. Everyone’s going to come to my house for dinner’.”
When Clooney’s dinner guests arrived, they found black suitcases at each of their spots around a table, and the Suburbicon director shared a special message to the men who helped him early in his career.
Gerber, who is married to former supermodel Cindy Crawford explained, “George begins to say, ‘Listen, I want you guys to know how much you’ve meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life. I’m so fortunate to have all of you and I couldn’t be where I am today without all of you. So, it was really important to me that while we’re still all here together, that I give back. I want you all to open your suitcases’.”
Inside each suitcase was $1 million in $20 bills. As Gerber recalled, “Every one of us — 14 of us — got a million dollars. Every single one of us. We were in shock. Clooney then said, ‘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’.”
And even when Gerber, who is a successful entrepreneur, told Clooney he could never accept the generous gesture, the actor had quite the response. “I pulled him aside and said, ‘I absolutely am not taking this million dollars’,” Gerber said. “Immediately George said, ‘I’m just going to make one announcement. If Rande doesn’t take the million dollars, nobody gets it’.”
And, so Gerber was left with no choice but to accept Clooney’s unbelievable gift.
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