AMAL CLOONEY MEANS BUSINESS
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.