“The Boys” are all at George Clooney’s place. They’re a group of his closest friends – the guys who once upon a time he would call upon in an emergency. And now he’s called them, and they’ve come for what he promised would be a special dinner. As they nibble on some appetizers, they can’t help noticing that there are 14 suitcases, one for each of them, sitting enigmatically in a corner of the room.
Clooney has made a great deal of money from his acting talents. In fact, he has scooped more than $200 million from films such as Up In The Air and Syriana. But he hasn’t just spent the money on himself and wife Amal. No, he’s spread it around on various causes.
Chief among those is human rights in Sudan. Clooney put together charity Not On Our Watch alongside other Ocean’s 11 stars, which works to end genocide in that country. The non-profit body has channeled money in the millions into the area via the World Food Program run by the United Nations. And he doesn’t only give to those in need overseas: he’s given to the homeless and to striking writers in the U.S. as well.
Even for a man this generous, Clooney’s dinner surprise for his buddies must have been a total shock. Because when they each opened their suitcase, they found a million bucks inside, all in $20 notes. And his gesture didn’t end there – each of “The Boys,” as he calls them, found that the superstar had also taken care of their taxes for that year.
Clooney explained the gift to his friends. He said, “I came to L.A., I slept on your couch. I’m so fortunate in my life to have all of you, and I couldn’t be where I am today without all of you. So it was really important to me that while we’re still all here together, that I give back.” And he didn’t put any conditions on the money, leaving it to his mates to do what they wanted with it: pay school fees or mortgages or even give to their own favored charity.