George Clooney and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Are The World’s Highest-Paid Actors

Clooney took the top spot with a staggering $239 million–without appearing in a single movie last year.

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George Clooney and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took the lead on Forbes’ list of 2018’s top-earning actors. 

Despite not having appeared in a single film between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, Clooney clinched the No. 1 spot with $239 million of pre-tax income thanks largely to Diageo’s $1 billion acquisition of his Casamigos tequila company. Forbes previously reported that it’s the largest take-home of any actor ever. 

Johnson, who recently appeared in blockbusters such as Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle and Rampage, raked in $124 million to take the No. 2 spot. 

Forbes has further details on The Rock’s record-setting figure:  

He tallied the largest ever acting take-home from front-of-camera roles in Celebrity 100 history, thanks to giant upfront paychecks and a cut of profits on blockbusters including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. 

A huge social following allows him to negotiate an extra seven figures atop his standard contract for promotion, helping nearly double his 2017 earnings.

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Jackie Chan round out the top five, earning $81 million, $64.5 million and $45.5 million, respectively.

The top ten highest-paid actors earned nearly $750 million combined. See how much each made below: 

10. Chris Evans – $34 million

9. Salman Khan – $38.5 million

8. Adam Sandler – $39.5 million

7. Akshay Kumar – $40.5 million

6. Will Smith — $42 million

5. Jackie Chan — $45.5 million

4. Chris Hemsworth — $64.5 million

3. Robert Downey Jr. — $81 million

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — $124 million

1. George Clooney — $239 million

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