Clooney’s $1 bil­lion shot on Casami­gos

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HE BUILT a 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 is set to take home a share of $1 bil­lion (R13bn) af­ter agree­ing to sell his award-win­ning Casami­gos.

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

“We’re not go­ing any­where. We’ll still be very much a part of Casami­gos. Start­ing with a shot tonight. Maybe two,” Clooney said yes­ter­day. Although whether wife Amal, 39, agrees 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, now 56, and Ger­ber, 55, were build­ing hol­i­day homes in Caba San Lu­cas, Mex­ico.

The pair, who have known each other for more than 20 years, came up with the idea of mak­ing their own brand, so found a dis­tiller who could make a drink to their tastes, “so you wouldn’t have to cover up the taste with the lime and the salt”, said Ger­ber. – The Daily Mail

Ge­orge Clooney

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