It pays to be friends with George Clooney. The actor, who recently welcomed twins with his wife, human rights attorney Amal Clooney, reportedly decided to share his considerable wealth with 14 of his closest friends a few years ago 鈥 by giving them $1 million each.

Chatting with MSNBC鈥檚 Headliners, Clooney鈥檚 pal (and Cindy Crawford鈥檚 husband) Rande Gerber opened up about the jaw-dropping gift and the story behind it. 鈥淭here鈥檚 a group of guys we call 鈥楾he Boys,'鈥 Gerber explained. 鈥淕eorge had called me and 鈥楾he Boys鈥 and said, 鈥楬ey, mark September 27, 2013, on your calendar. Everyone鈥檚 going to come to my house for dinner.鈥

This wasn鈥檛 just any guys鈥 night, though. Before the group arrived that night, Clooney had black designer suitcases set out on a table. One bag for each of 鈥淭he Boys.鈥

When they sat down, they found out why they were really there. 鈥淕eorge begins to say, 鈥楲isten, I want you guys to know how much you鈥檝e meant to me and how much you mean in my life,'鈥 Gerber recalled. 鈥溾業 came to LA, I slept on your couch. I鈥檓 so fortunate in my life to have all of you and I couldn鈥檛 be where I am today without all of you. So, it was really important to me that while we鈥檙e still all here together, that I give back. So, I want you all to open your suitcases.'鈥

Gerber told MSNBC that when they opened the bags, each saw a million dollars鈥 worth of $20 bills in front of them. 鈥淓very one of us 鈥 14 of us 鈥 got a million dollars. Every single one of us,鈥 he said. 鈥淲e鈥檙e in shock. Like, what is this?鈥

The Oscar winner reportedly explained to his friends, 鈥淚 know we鈥檝e all been through some hard times. Some of you are still going through it. You don鈥檛 have to worry about your kids, you don鈥檛 have to worry about, you know, school, you don鈥檛 have to worry about paying your mortgage.鈥

Apparently, some of the men were living paycheck to paycheck at the time, and a few of them were struggling to make ends meet. 鈥淥ne was working at a bar in Texas at the airport, trying just to support his family. Rides a bicycle to work every day,鈥 Gerber said. None of the friends ever hesitated to help Clooney when he needed them, though. 鈥淚 mean, these are guys that took care of George, and now he鈥檚 giving it all back. And George said, 鈥楴ot only that, I have paid everyone鈥檚 taxes so this million dollars is yours.'鈥

Gerber is the founder of the Gerber Group (which owns and operates bars and restaurants), as well as co-founder of the Casamigos Tequila brand, which he and Clooney sold for up to $1 billion earlier this year. Even before the sale, though, he wasn鈥檛 hurting for money, which is why he was reluctant to accept his friend鈥檚 gift.

鈥淚 pulled him aside and said, 鈥業 absolutely am not taking this million dollars,'鈥 Gerber told MSNBC. 鈥淚mmediately George goes, 鈥業鈥檓 just going to make one announcement. If Rande doesn鈥檛 take the million dollars, nobody gets it.'鈥 We鈥檙e sure that settled it. And in the end, Gerber donated his million dollars to charity.

As for the big payday, Gerber thinks that it did Clooney some good too: 鈥淭hat was September 27th, 2013. Now September 27th, 2014, he marries Amal. That鈥檚 good karma right there.鈥

The Clooneys have continued to give generously since then, donating $1 million to fight hate groups in August and raising money for those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey in September.

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