George Clooney once gave 14 of his friends US$1m each: Report

George Clooney once gave 14 of his friends US$1m each: Report

George Clooney Rande Gerber
US actor George Clooney (left) chats with Rande Gerber on September 27, 2014 at the Cipriani Hotel in Venice before his wedding with British Amal Alamuddin in Venice. (Photo: AFP/Andreas Solaro)

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood actor George Clooney once gifted US$1 million to each of his 14 closest friends, according to a TV report on Monday (Dec 10). 

His friend and business partner Rande Gerber said on MSNBC's Headliners that the 56-year-old Gravity star had invited the group he referred to as "The Boys" over for dinner one night in 2013. 

According to Gerber, who co-founded the Casamigos tequila brand with Clooney, the actor said: "Listen, I want you guys to know how much you mean to me. I came to LA, I slept on your couch... 

"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. So it's really important to me that while we're all still here together that I give back."

He then presented each of his 14 friends with a black Tumi suitcase filled with US$1 million worth of US$20 bills. 

"We were in shock," said Gerber, who tried to decline the gift. 

"But then (Clooney) said 'if Gerber doesn't take the money, nobody gets it'," said the nightclub entrepreneur. 

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