AMAL CLOONEY MEANS BUSI­NESS

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Amal Clooney get things done. A lit­tle more than two weeks af­ter her wed­ding to a cer­tain Os­car-win­ning ac­tor, she was back to busi­ness, mat­ter- of-factly us­ing her brand-new last name. Ar­riv­ing in Athens, the jet- set­ting in­ter­na­tional at­tor­ney was set to meet with Greek prime min­is­ter, An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras, in an ef­fort to me­di­ate one of the world’s big­gest cul­tural-prop­erty dis­putes. While her other half, Ge­orge Clooney, also re­turned to work, pro­mot­ing his up­com­ing sci-fi adventure To­mor­row­land at New York Comic Con, Amal was tack­ling a com­plex legal case in­volv­ing priceless Greek sculp­tures dat­ing back more than 2000 years and a cen­turies- old fight be­tween Bri­tain and Greece over own­er­ship. In other words, just an­other day at the of­fice for the fiercely smart and am­bi­tious new­ly­wed, who coolly nav­i­gated princess-level pan­de­mo­nium when she touched down in Greece. “She is calm, highly in­tel­li­gent and ex­tremely ded­i­cated,” a col­league tells. “This case shows she is go­ing to be her own woman.”

Yes, she is mar­ried to one of the world’s big­gest movie stars, but in legal cir­cles, she’s the real head­liner. “Fame has not turned her head,” says her col­league. “Mr. Clooney’s money has not caused her to slack. She is pick­ing up where the hon­ey­moon tem­po­rar­ily left off. She is back with a vengeance.”

The ded­i­ca­tion comes as no sur­prise to those who have watched her rocket up the ranks—and is one of the rea­sons Clooney fell hard and fast for her, friends say. But be­yond her in­tel­lect, the Beirut-born, Lon­don raised Ox­ford grad is hardly the but­toned-up bar­ris­ter that her pedi­gree might sug­gest. “She has a dev­as­tat­ing sense of hu­mour,” says a close fam­ily mem­ber. The younger daugh­ter of Ramzi Ala­mud­din, a re­tired busi­ness­man, and Baria, an edi­tor at Ara­bic-lan­guage news­pa­per Al-Hayat,” she speaks three lan­guages, and like many Le­banese, it’s a mix of Ara­bic, English and French,” says the rel­a­tive. “Some­times all three in the same sen­tence!”

A cou­ple of month af­ter their glam­orous wed­ding in Venice, the cou­ple are savour­ing their new life to­gether—and the for­mer Amal Ala­mud­din has emerged as a break­out star on the world stage.

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