The UK’s richest spirits tycoons

14th May, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

4. Amal and George Clooney

Worth: £270m

Rank in The Sunday Times Rich List 2019: 464

Rank in 2018: 463

Rise/fall: +£10m

Hollywood actor George Clooney and his wife Amal take the fourth spot on our list with a combined wealth of £270m (US$349.7m). While Clooney was named the world’s highest paid actor last year, he has also made a substantial amount from alcohol.

The co-founder of Tequila brand Casamigo’s, Clooney made £173m (US$224m) in 2017 when Diageo bought his Casamigos Tequila brand for an upfront fee of US$700m, with a further US$300m on the table depending on the brand’s performance over the next decade.

The actor co-founded Casamigos Tequila in 2013 with Rande Gerber (pictured right with Clooney) and Mike Meldman. The brand is now said to be the fastest-growing super-premium Tequila in the US.

In February last year, Casamigos extended its spirits offering with the launch of a mezcal made from 100% espadin agave.

Casamigos Tequila and mezcal joined the Diageo Reserve portfolio in Europe in May 2018.

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