Well in good news for George Clooney - last month he and his business partners Mike Meldman and Rande Gerber became $1.3B richer

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That's right. $1.3B richer after selling their 4-year-old tequila company Casamigos meaning ‘House of Friends’.

It got us thinking over here at The Wine Gallery; What other celebs are out there with a sneaky share in the wine world?

Sam Neill

When Sam Neill isn't trying to escape from a dinosaur theme park you might find him in Central Otago New Zealand producing some top notch pinot noir.

What started with humble ambitions in 1993, Two Paddocks Winery has grown year after year to produce world class pinot. Two Paddocks now produces grapes from the three main valleys in Central Otago - Gibbston, the Alexandra Basin and the Cromwell Basin.

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JAY Z

Its no surprise that some high flying rappers own fast cars, big houses and drink expensive Champagne. But Jay Z doesn’t just drink it - he owns - Armand de Brignac that is or more commonly known as the ‘Ace of Spades’ Champagne.

This one comes with a pretty interesting story around it starting back in 2006 when the manager of Louis Roederer, Frédéric Rouzaud, spilled some unsavoury opinions when asked about the popularity of their flagship champagne, Cristal, amongst rappers. His comment “We can't forbid people from buying it.” was received with a lot of heat, with some citing racism. Jay Z called for a boycott of Cristal and stopped using it in his lyrics and it wasn't long until the rapper bought The Ace of Spades.

Made by the famous Cattier family, the shiny gold exterior of the bottle and its equally as ostentatious price tag has become a symbol of wealth and luxury and a possible middle finger to Frédéric Rouzaud

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Graham Norton

Long time sauvignon blanc fan Graham Norton has his own line of wines in partnership with Invino Wines in NZ.

The top talk show host has been personally involved in the wine making process from squashing grapes with his own feet to taste testing and working out blend ratios. The Graham Norton range released a sauvignon blanc, a rosé and a shiraz in 2016.

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Fergie

Where is the love? Where is the wine? Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie might have the answer to the second question as she and her dad, Pat, co-own the Ferguson Crest winery over looking the Santa Ynez Valley in California.

Fergie has been spotted spruking the brand at wine events and even designed the Ferguson Crest logo. They produce Syrah, Cabernet sauvignon, Viognier and a GSM titled 'Fergalicious'.

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Brangelina (or the artists formerly known as)

Made on certified organic grounds in Provence, Brangelina’s chateau Miraval produces three different wines as well as olive oil. The celebrity couple teamed up with renowned wine makers - the Perrin family to make and distribute the wine.

When launched in 2008 the stars sold out of 6000 bottles within 5 hours and despite their recent divorce the $60M chateau still seems to be in operation.

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