George Clooney wanted to compensate his friends for all the times he slept in their homes and borrowed money when he was starting in the world of acting, so he gave each of them 1 million dollars.
Rande Gerber, a prominent nightclub owner and one of Clooney’s best friends, was the one who unveiled the incredible act of generosity, at MSNBC Headliners, according to E! Online.
Clooney went a step further and took the taxes that his friends would have to pay to receive such a sum.
“We formed a group that we call ‘The boys‘. George called me and ‘Los chicos’ and said:” Hey, write down September 27, 2013, in your calendar. I want everyone to come to my house for dinner, “Gerber said.
When they arrived, they found a black briefcase in each of their places.
“George told us: ‘Listen, I want you to know how much they have meant to me and how important they are in my life. When I arrived in Los Angeles, I slept on their sofas. I have been very fortunate to have them all in my life and I could not have gotten where I am without the help of all of you. So it really is very important to me that, while we are still together, I return the favor. I want them to open their briefcases.”
Within each briefcase there was $ 1 million dollars in cash, Gerber said.
“Each one of us, the 14 that we were, received $ 1 million. Every single one of us. We were in shock thinking ‘what is this?’ He told us: ‘I know we’ve all been through difficult times, some of you are still going through it. They do not have to worry about their children anymore, about how to pay for their education and the mortgage. ”
Gerber was co-owner of the Casamigos brand of tequila with Clooney, has bars all over the world and is married to Cindy Crawford, but not all the ‘boys’ have been so lucky.
“One was working in a bar at the Texas airport, trying to get his family afloat,” Gerber explained. “Another goes to work every day on a bicycle. I mean, they are people who gave George a hand and now he is returning the favor. ” George had another surprise prepared: “I have paid everyone’s taxes, so this million dollars is entirely for you.”
Gerber declined the gift, said he could not accept the gesture, but Clooney did not give up.
“Immediately George told us, ‘I have to tell you that if Rande does not take his million dollars, no one will.”
Gerber said he later donated the money to charity.
” This is George. That happened on September 27, 2013. Now, on September 27, 2014, he marries Amal. That is to accumulate good karma, “added Gerber.