The 15 richest Brits in drinks

11. Amal and George Clooney

Position 2019: 464

Position 2018: 474

Worth: £275 million

Rise/Fall: +£5 million

Sources: Drinks, Films and Law

Amal and George Clooney are better known for their work in law courts and Hollywood studios than at a Tequila distillery.

Clooney received US$40m for his involvement with Nespresso, and an additional £173 million in 2017, when Diageo acquired Casamigos, the Tequila brand he co-founded seven years ago. Diageo paid $700 million up front for Casamigos, and has said it will pay a further potential $300, million based on its performance over the next decade, making it one of the largest drinks brand acquisitions of the past decade.

Casamigos’ founders – Clooney, property developer Mike Meldman and entrepreneur Rande Gerber, all had equal stakes in the brand. It is thought that Clooney himself made £182m from the sale, and could earn a further another £78m by 2027.

Amal, meanwhile is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in international law and human rights, which adds £2m to the couple’s fortune.

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