Four years ago, George Clooney proved himself the most generous friend in the world — at least according to Rande Gerber.
Rande (supermodel Cindy Crawford‘s longtime husband) and George have been close friends for years. They even co-founded a tequila company, Casamigos, together with Mike Meldman. Apparently, being a close friend of the award-winning actor, director, and producer pays off — sometimes literally.
Rande revealed during a recent interview on the MSNBC show Headliners that the Ocean’s 11 star once gave him and 13 other friends $1 million each as a thank-you present.
“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,’” he recalled. When the group arrived, they found black designer luggage bags at each seat on the table. Inside each bag was “a million dollars in $20 bills.” Rande didn’t name names, but the group is thought to include George’s groomsmen.
Obviously, his friends were shocked. But to the Suburbicon director, it was the most understandable gesture in the world.
“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,'” the actor and new dad said. “‘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 was really important to me that while we’re still all here together, that I give back.'”
Not all of George’s friends are famous Hollywood celebrities, either. Rande explained that some of their friends had even been dealing with financial difficulties (including one who had been working at an airport bar in Texas trying to make ends meet for his family) when George gave his incredibly generous gift.
“I mean, these are guys that took care of George and now he’s giving it all back. And George said, ‘Not only that, I have paid everyone’s taxes so this million dollars is yours,'” he said.
Rande initially refused to take his million dollar share, but George announced that if Rande didn’t take his, nobody would get theirs either. So Rande agreed and said that he donated his share to charity.
George and his representatives have yet to comment on or confirm Rande’s amazing story.
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