George Clooney is worth an estimated $180 million, which is significantly more money than most people can even comprehend. The silver fox turns 54 years young on May 6, so in honor of his special day GOBankingRates takes a closer look at how Clooney is investing and spending his millions to fund a glamorous lifestyle.
1. George Clooney’s British Private Island
In 2014, Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney purchased a historic English manor on a private island for $12 million, according to POPSUGAR. The 5.5-acre private estate overlooks the River Thames and is part of Sonning Eye, a village where the superstar filmed part of the movie “The Monuments Men.”
2. Piaggio MP3 250 Scooter
Clooney can often be found jetting around the streets of Italy on his three-wheeled, silver Piaggio scooter, which has a starting MSRP of $7,199.
3. Gifts for His Niece and Nephew
The actor’s older sister Adelia Zeidler has two children, Nick and Allison, and like a good uncle, she says he always sends them Christmas and birthday gifts, reports ABC News.
4. Satellite Over Sudan
George Clooney used most of the money he made on his Nespresso Commercials to maintain a satellite over the border of North and South Sudan, making it possible to monitor Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir. “I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention that I get,” Clooney said of the expense, reports The Guardian. “I think that’s fair.”
5. Mansion in Marbella, Spain
After falling in love with Marbella, Spain, the actor decided to put down roots there. In 2013, he purchased a four bedroom home in the mountains overlooking the Spanish city for €4 million (around $5.5 million at the time), according to the Olive Press.
6. Apology Dinner
In 2013 George Clooney and friends were dining at a fancy Berlin eatery, the Grill Royal restaurant, reports RT. The movie star feared his company was disturbing a businessman sitting next to them, so he picked up the man’s tab that totaled over €100 (around $135).
7. Mexican Compound Shared With Cindy Crawford
Not only is George Clooney best friends with Cindy Crawford’s husband, Rande Gerber, they’re also co-homeowners of Casamigos, a compound in Los Cabos, Mexico. The sprawling property contains two separate houses and was designed by famed Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta and his son, according to POPSUGAR.
8. Massive Engagement Ring
Clooney shocked everyone in April 2014 by proposing to then-girlfriend Amal Alamuddin after less than a year of dating. He gifted his bride-to-be with an emerald-cut diamond estimated to cost $750,000, reports E! Online.
9. Fairytale Wedding
In September 2014, the ultimate bachelor broke hearts around the world by marrying human rights attorney, Amal Alamuddin in a star-studded and lavish $4.6 million wedding ceremony in Italy, according to E! Online.
10. Wedding Photos
Mr. and Mrs. Clooney reportedly sold the exclusive rights to photos of their 2014 wedding to People and Hello! for approximately seven figures, but instead of pocketing the cash, they donated it to charity, reports ET.
11. George Clooney’s Los Angeles Estate
The long-time Los Angeles resident purchased his current residence in the Fryman Canyon section of Studio City in 1995 for $2,827,500. The house sits on 3.16 acres, has a movie theater and was the home of Stevie Nicks during her Fleetwood Mac years, reports Studio City Patch.
12. Charity Dinner Attended by the President
In early 2012 Clooney hosted a dinner for charity at his Fryman Canyon home that raised more than $6 million. Plates cost $40,000 each and President Obama attended the charity dinner, according to The New York Times.
13. Launching Casamigos Tequila
Best buddies Rande Gerber and Clooney launched their own brand of tequila in 2013, aptly named Casamigos after their shared Mexican vacation property.
14. Tesla Roadster
George Clooney owned a 2008 Tesla Roaster, a limited edition Signature 100 model. Though Reuters reports Clooney was an early adopter of the then-young car brand he found the model to be unreliable and was unhappy with it. Clooney auctioned his Tesla Roadster off for $99,000 donated to charity in 2012.
Speaking of charity, George Clooney’s done a lot over the years to help others and use his wealth and fame for good. The kindhearted actor supports more than 30 charities and even founded the organization Not On Our Watch along with Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Jerry Weintraub. According to the organization’s site, its mission statement is “Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.”
16. Pieces of Art
The cultured Clooney is no stranger to the art world, though he told Architectural Digest he prefers art that has sentimental value over monetary value. “I have art all over my walls, but it’s usually something that is personal to me,” Clooney said. In fact, he purchased a painting on his first trip to Madrid and has made a habit of collecting works from places he’s traveled along with pictures of family and friends.
17. Villa Oleandra in Italy
After falling in love with Lake Como, Italy, Clooney purchased the stunning Villa Oleandra in the village Laglio back in 2002, according to Vanity Fair.
18. Harley Davidson Motorbike
In addition to the Piaggio Scooter, Clooney can also be seen tooling around town on a Harley.
19. Pets, Including a Pig
The heartthrob owned his pet pig Max for 18 years, which a gift from his ex-girlfriend, actress Kelly Preston. George Clooney currently owns two cockers spaniels, Einstein and Louie, with wife Amal, reports The Huffinton Post.
20. Eating Out
Rumor has it that neither George or Amal Clooney is very fond of cooking reports New York Daily News, so the two frequently dine out and order in.
21. Tango 600
The celebrity car lover counts an eco-friendly Tango 600 as part of his collection. The battery-powered vehicle resembles a golf cart, but can reach speeds exceeding 150 mph.
22. High-End Watches
We already know George Clooney has a taste for the finer things and this was reinforced by his purchase of a Omega De Ville Trésor Master Co-Axial watch priced at £9,490 (around $14,600), which he wore on his wedding day, according to GQ.
23. Armani Tux
Not only was he sporting a great watch on his wedding day, the actor was also dressed head-to-toe in Armani, wearing a black tuxedo from the Armani Made to Measure collection, reports People magazine.
24. Divorce Lawyers’ Fees
Alamuddin isn’t the first woman to bear the title of Mrs. George Clooney. He was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993 and ended up paying $80,000 in attorney fees to settle their divorce, he told Vanity Fair.
25. Chevrolet Corvette V8 C1 Convertible
As a classic car buff, one of his prized possessions is his bright red 1958 Chevrolet Corvette V8 C1 convertible, which is fully equipped with high-end leather according to Celebrity Cars Blog.
26. Wine Collection
Clooney has an impressive wine cellar in his Los Angeles home that could rival the offerings of any high-end restaurant.
27. Las Vegas Hotel Project
George Clooney was one of the investors in the failed Las Ramblas condo-casino project in Las Vegas. The development was scrapped before it even began and in 2006 the investors sold the Las Vegas land plot to a competitor. Clooney donated his profits from the sale to the African Debt Relief Project, reports AP News.
28. Renting Private Jets
He may not own one, but the jet-setting George Clooney is frequently spotted boarding private jets, rather than opting to fly commercial.
29. Pet Psychics
Clooney loved his pig Max — so much that after the 2006 death of his pet there were reports alleging that the movie star hired a psychic to help him get in touch with the 300lb animal.
30. Throwing A-List Parties
The Oscar winner has plenty of famous friends and he knows how to show them a good time. E! Online reports that celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Jimmy Kimmel and Howard Stern have all partied at Clooney’s Mexican vacation spot.
31. Panic Room
George and Amal Clooney had a fireproof, bombproof and attack-resistant panic room installed in their home in Berkshire, England, according to Us Weekly. The security measure was reportedly taken to ensure Mrs. Clooney’s safety, as she works on a number of high-profile and controversial cases.