Clooney savours his suc­cess­ful shot at tequila em­pire

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HE BUILT a hugely suc­cess­ful ca­reer on be­ing ef­fort­lessly smooth and stylish. So when it came to build­ing a tequila brand, he clearly saw no rea­son to change a win­ning for­mula. Now Ge­orge Clooney, pic­tured, is set to take home a share of $1 bil­lion (R13bn) af­ter agree­ing to sell his award-win­ning Casami­gos com­pany.

It was an­nounced yes­ter­day that Bri­tish drinks gi­ant Di­a­geo had snapped up the brand, which the Hol­ly­wood ac­tor es­tab­lished four years ago with friends Rande Ger­ber, hus­band of su­per­model Cindy Craw­ford, and real es­tate de­vel­oper Mike Meld­man.

“If you asked us four years ago if we had a $1bn com­pany, I don’t think we would have said yes,” Clooney said yes­ter­day. “But we’re not go­ing any­where. We’ll still be very much a part of Casami­gos. Start­ing with a shot tonight. Maybe two.”

Whether wife Amal, 39, agreed with his plans for the evening is an­other mat­ter, hav­ing given birth to twins Ella and Alexan­der in Lon­don ear­lier this month. The idea for Casami­gos, which means house of friends, came when Clooney, 56, and Ger­ber, 55, were build­ing side-by-side hol­i­day homes in Cabo San Lu­cas, Mex­ico. – Daily Mail

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