The 59-year-old actor confirmed that yes, he did gift $1 million each to 14 of his closest friends in 2013 as a token of appreciation for all they’ve done for him.
“I just thought basically if I get hit by a bus, they’re all in the will. So why the f–k am I waiting to get hit by a bus?” he told GQ for its Men of the Year issue.
Clooney’s bestie and Casamigos business partner, Rande Gerber, was the first one to spill the news when appearing on MSNBC. He said that the Oscar winner invited all his friends over for dinner one night and handed them a suitcase, each containing $1 million in cash.
Clooney said he wanted to do it because at that point in time he didn’t have a wife or kids and never expected to have a family.
“And I thought, what I do have are these guys who’ve all, over a period of 35 years, helped me in one way or another,” he explained. “I’ve slept on their couches when I was broke. They loaned me money when I was broke. They helped me when I needed help over the years. And I’ve helped them over the years… And I thought, you know, without them I don’t have any of this.”
Clooney confirmed the suitcase bit as well. He said they were made by the brand Tumi.