28 Apr 2014

George Clooney Doesn’t Know How to Hedge His Portfolio

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I realize there are non-pecuniary reasons to engage in wagering, but still:

Well if George is singing another tune now [he just got engaged–RPM] he could have to pay out to Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman. She previously told Jonathan Ross they had a $100,000 bet over whether George would tie the knot.

“He’s just a great guy, great with kids,” she said in 2007. “I bet him he would get married and he keeps inflating the bet – from $100 to $100,000 (£50,000). I still think he will, he’s a handsome devil.”

Nicole Kidman also famously bet with George he’d wed before 40 and when he didn’t she sent him a cheque, which he then returned. They then re-set the bet for 50, but it’s not known if now at the age of 52, Kidman will finally win out.

It’s funny, just the other day I was hanging out with Nicole and Michelle, and they were like, “Bob, you silly goose, we’re in a deflationary trap. Let’s bet on CPI.” And I was just like, “No ma’am.”

12 Responses to “George Clooney Doesn’t Know How to Hedge His Portfolio”

  1. Andrew' says:

    He should have bet WAY more.

  2. Matt M (Dude Where's My Freedom) says:

    Chump change to him. Probably the equivalent of me making a $20 bet with my friends. Non-story?

    • Andrew' says:

      He should have done it by lottery.

      “For $1, be my wife and split $200M.”

  3. RPLong says:

    Don’t forget that George Clooney is a notorious practical joker.

    Also: Remember Quentin Tarantino’s joke from Desperado? “I just bet those two guys back there that I could p— all over the floor, p— all over your bar, and p— on you, and not only would you not be mad, you’d actually be happy about it!”

    Okay, I admit it: I’m not actually that cynical. I always cheer for love.

  4. Somebody says:

    Hey Bob, how much closer do you think you come to winning bet had there been no energy boom?

    • Bob Murphy says:

      I’m not sure. That definitely was a factor, but it’s hard to say how big a role it played. The single biggest mistake I made (in my mind) was thinking speculators in the currency markets would see the end game the same way I was, within a year or two.

      • guest says:

        For the record, I think that the “energy boom” is a false boom propped up by funny money coming through the North Dakota State Bank, as well as regulations on “dirty fuel”.

        I noticed that Ellen Brown (the Greenbacker) was gloating about how the State Bank was creating all those oil jobs:


        North Dakota has had the nation’s lowest unemployment ever since the economy tanked. What’s its secret?

        If its secret isn’t oil, what is so unique about the state? North Dakota has one thing that no other state has: its own state-owned bank.

        Access to credit is the enabling factor that has fostered both a boom in oil and record profits from agriculture in North Dakota.

  5. Somebody says:

    On a random note, Bob, I think the Fed got tired of you sharing the Fed’s historical S&P 500 chart….


    It will only go back to 2004 now as far as I can tell. :shrug

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