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Forbes highest-paid actors: George Clooney tops list after tequila firm sale

11:19 pm, 22nd August 2018

The Hollywood star topped Forbes’ annual list after making $239m (£185m) between June 2017 and June 2018.

Clooney’s pre-tax earnings were the most any actor in history has made over a 12-month period, the magazine said.

His massive income was largely from the sale of the tequila company he co-founded – Casamigos – to global liquor company Diageo in a $1bn (£790m) deal.

Wrestler-turned-actor Johnson was second on Forbes’ list after nearly doubling his previous year’s earnings, making $119m (£92m).

Meanwhile, Iron Man star Downey Jr came in third with his income of $79m (£61.2m).

The top six highest-paid actors each made more than the top-earning actress, Scarlett Johansson, who took home $40.5m (£31.4m) last year.

Click on the images of the top 10 earning actors below to reveal how each one made their fortune.