Actor George Clooney turned down a $35 million payday for moral reasons.

In an interview with The Guardian in December, the actor revealed that he decided against the massive fee for a single day’s work as it was associated with a “questionable” country.

Read his comments and more wise words from the rich and famous below.


“I was offered $35m for one performance, day’s work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal [Clooney, the decline, human-rights lawyer he married in 2014] about it, and we decided it’s not worth it. It was [associated with] a country that, although it’s an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought, well if it takes a minute’s sleep away from me, it’s not worth it.”

Actor George Clooney, quoted in The Guardian.

“As if I am stupid to let someone have all my money? Not that he would ask for it.”

Singer Adele on speculation that her ex-husband pocketed most of her £145m fortune, quoted in Metro.

The BBC finds it hard to compete. They have a very fixed income, and television inflation is far above average inflation, and these wages are just fuelling the problems in funding British drama.”

Director James Kent on the BBC’s struggle to find staff as rival program makers Netflix and Amazon drive salaries up, quoted in the Evening Standard.

“Give me a one-handed economist; I’m tired of economists who say,’on the one hand… but on the other hand…” Harry Truman, quoted on Twitter generations.

“Three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves.”

Andrew Carnegie on the tendency for children and grandchildren to squander a company founder’s wealth, quoted in the Sunday Telegraph.

“You know people are living in £10m houses because they’ve got it all in an import-export scam to find the whole
sub-economy fascinating McMafia. Gangland Britain. I’m endlessly fascinated.”

Gameshow presents Richard Osman with an idea for a future book, quoted in The Sunday Times.

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