In 2013, Clooney was 52, single, without children and about to appear in the space thriller “Gravity” when he came up with a huge way to thank his 14 closest friends for their support through the years: A gift of $1 million each.
“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,'” Clooney said in an interview with GQ. “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. We’re all good friends. And I thought, you know, without them I don’t have any of this. And we’re all really close, and I just thought basically if I get hit by a bus, they’re all in the will.”