Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has been the highest paid actor in Hollywood for a very long time, until now.
It's no secret that Dwayne Johnson is dominating the film industry. He has acted in more major films in the past couple years than any other actor in Hollywood. For some time now he was the undisputed highest earning actor but coming 2019 he was dethroned by an industry veteran.
According to Forbes, the highest earning actor in Hollywood is none other than George Clooney. Say what?! George Clooney banked a crazy $239 million between June 2017 and June 2018 beating Dwayne Johnson's $124 million during the same time.
Now I'm sure you may be wondering how George Clooney made so much money given that he barely touched an acting gig recently. Well, it's all thanks to his booming tequila business, Casamigos.
British liquor conglomerate Diageo bought Casamigos for $700 million and Clooney was able to net an astounding $233 million in pretax dollars from the deal. Then with endorsements and a few movie roles Clooney was able to blow past the competition.
According to Forbes, Clooney, nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber and real estate tycoon Mike Meldman all invested close to $600,000 apiece and “owned equal stakes in the company prior to the acquisition.”
Dwayne Johnson i'm sure is pretty content with second place. The former WWE star is killing it and 2019 is going to be another year of big Dwayne Johnson films. With films like Hobbs and Shaw and Jumanji 3 he's definitely going to have a great 2019. Third and fourth place go to Robert Downey Jr. with $81 million and Chris Hemsworth with $64.5 million respectively. Jackie Chan came in at number 5 with $45.5 million.
George Clooney was definitely not the actor I would have expected to surpass Dwayne Johnson. But, Dwayne Johnson's fans can rest assured that he made the majority of his money from acting, unlike Clooney. Johnson credits his social media followers for the success of his films.
Social media has become the most critical element of marketing a movie for me. I have established a social media equity with an audience around the world that there’s a value in what I’m delivering to them.
Do you think Clooney can maintain his status in 2019? Only time will tell.