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GEORGE CLOONEY was the highest paid actor in the world over the past year, which is a pretty amazing accomplishment.  Even more amazing?  He did it WITHOUT having to do any acting. 

George hasn't been in any movies this year, but he made $233 million from the recent $1 BILLION purchase of his 'Casamigos' tequila brand . . . and he got some more dough from his endorsements and older movies.

George made a total of $239 million . . . easily enough to be #1 on the annual "Forbes" list of 'The Highest Paid Actors.'  DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON is a distant second with $124 million. 

He was also #2 last year . . . behind Mark Wahlberg of all people.

Here's this year's Top 10:

1.  George Clooney, $239 million

2.  Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, $124 million

3.  Robert Downey Jr., $81 million

4.  Chris Hemsworth, $64.5 million

5.  Jackie Chan, $45.5 million . . . Mostly from the Chinese box office, and his endorsements there.

6.  Will Smith, $42 million

7.  Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, $40.5 million

8.  Adam Sandler, $39.5 million . . . Mostly through his deal with Netflix.

9.  Bollywood actor Salman Khan, $38.5 million

10.  Chris Evans, $34 million

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"Forbes" also put out a list of the '10 Highest Paid Female Athletes,' and EIGHT of them are tennis players, including SERENA WILLIAMS, who's #1, after making $18.1 million over the past year.

Of course, Serena has been busy with her baby daughter during a lot of the past year, so only $62,000 of that came from tennis winnings.  The other $18 million is from endorsements.

Here's the Top 10:

1.  Serena Williams, $18.1 million, tennis 

2.  Caroline Wozniacki, $13 million, tennis

3.  Sloane Stephens, $11.2 million, tennis

4.  Garbine Muguruza, $11 million, tennis

5.  Maria Sharapova, $10.5 million, tennis

6.  Venus Williams, $10.2 million, tennis

7.  P.V. Sindhu, $8.5 million, badminton

8.  Simona Halep, $7.7 million, tennis

9.  Danica Patrick, $7.5 million, racing

10.  Angelique Kerber, $7 million, tennis

Tennis is the one sport where the money for the women is at least in the same universe as it is for the men . . . as opposed to, say, basketball.  Average salaries in the NBA are 100 times what they are in the WNBA. 

Let's just put it this way . . . the seventh highest-paid MALE athlete in the world earned a LOT more than $8.5 million over the past year.  (And he was probably not a badminton player . . . not offense to badminton.)

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