George Clooney Once Surprised 14 Of His Closest Friends With $1 Million Each

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George Clooney Gifts one million friends

It sure pays well to be besties with George Clooney!

Rande Gerber, a businessman and longtime friend of Clooney, told MSNBC’s “Headliners” that Clooney once gave 14 friends $1 million each and paid their taxes for a year.

“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,” Gerber recalled.

George Clooney and Rande Gerber, who is married to Cindy Crawford, have been longtime friends. (Reuters)

“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 55-year-old said. “‘I came to L.A., 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. So I want you all to open your suitcases.’”

Gerber added, “Every one of us – 14 of us – got a million dollars. Every single one of us. We’re in shock.”

“He goes, ‘I know we’ve all been through some hard times, some of you are still going through it. You don’t have to worry about your kids, you don’t have to worry about, you know, school, you don’t have to worry about paying your mortgage,’” he added.

Gerber said some of their friends were going through a difficult time, including one who was working at a Texas airport’s bar trying to make ends meet for his family. Gerber recalled pulling Clooney aside and refusing to take the generous gift, but the 56-year-old actor then replied: “I’m just going to make one announcement. If Rande doesn’t take the million dollars, nobody gets it.”

Gerber, who is married to Cindy Crawford and a part-owner of Casamigos Tequila Company with Clooney, took the money and donated it to charity.