Last week Ryan Reynolds made news as Aviation Gin, the gin business he hadan interest in since 2018, sold for a great deal of money. Famously, George Clooney earned a big chunk of cash a few years back when he allowed the tequila business to continue selling for much more capital. Celebrities who own alcohol companies have become quite fashionable, so let’s have a peek at what other stars are serving up common libations.
Bethenny Frankel was also a popular producer when she was one of the founding cast members of New York’s Real Housewives, beginning a bakery company in 2003 and then appearing as a judge on the short-lived The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. It was her next idea, Skinnygirl, that really took off, although the baking company didn’t last. Like in all of these deals, the figures are typically confidential so it’s impossible to pin down just how much somebody really earned, so it’s fair to assume that Frankel received a fortune.
It’s a bit easier to guess how much George Clooney earned after his tequila company, Casamigos, sold for at least $700 million to Diageo. The figure will go up to a whopping $1bn after all is finished and done. Clooney stands to earn as much as $333 million as a one-third investor of the business along with Cindy Crawford’s husband Rande Gerber and real estate tycoon Mike Meldman. This deal, plus the reality that Clooney has been one of Hollywood’s highest-paid stars for decades now, is undoubtedly the explanation that the gossip press is so quickly inventing false rumors about George plus his wife, Amal Clooney.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Tequila has proven a very common form of spirit to surround celebrities with. Including Clooney, when he formed Cabo Wabo way back in the late 90s, Sammy Hager became the first celebrity-turned-tequila distiller. Rita Ora has a tequila named Próspero, Michael Jordan, and Cincoro launched in 2019 with other NBA players and officials. Teremana was introduced earlier this year by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Today Dwayne Johnson is the Ceo and chairman of a corporation that strives not only to distill a luxury quality but also to do so sustainably.
While for Johnson this could sound out of the left hand, note, this is a guy who has gone from getting hurt on the college football field to rising through the ranks of the WWE to being the best paying actor in the industry. His choices are challenged at your own risk.
Sean Combs is one of the early trendsetters in the field. Combs team to create and sell the CÎROC Vodka for alcohol giant Diageo. Combs acts as the company spokesman and as its chief marketer and has been in service since its 2007 introduction.
Funnyman Dan Aykroyd always had a nightlife fondness. In 1992 Aykroyd co-founded the nightclub chain House of Blues with branches in Boston and New Orleans. LiveNation acquired the company for $350 million in 2006. The Blues Brother singer launched Crystal Head Vodka in 2007 along with painter John Alexander. Crystal Head has a very strong reputation among vodka drinkers for its distinct bottle style, crafted by co-founder Alexander, and a robust price tag of about $70 a bottle.