If you want George Clooney to show up at your event, prepare to part with a giant chunk of change. Thankfully, it all goes to a good cause.

The 50-year-old was in Sydney yesterday to participate in the 2011 “Power of Collaboration” leadership summit and discuss his aid work. Clooney headlined a start-studded panel that included Martha Stewart, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mohammed Younis and hip hop king Russell Simmons.

According to the Herald Sun, Clooney fielded questions from former “60 Minutes” reporter Ellen Fanning, as well as earlier dining with a select group of high-paying guests. According to the event listing, his speech covered “how collaboration, negotiation and compromise have been critical to his success in business and his humanitarian work.

And “how we all use our circle of influence and personal power to make a difference to the issues that matter in our professional and personal lives.”

And how much did George get for the brief visit to Sydney? A whopping $600,000. Stewart reportedly earned $200,000. We can’t speak for her, but according to the Herald, Clooney’s fees will go straight to Not On Our Watch, the organization he co-founded years ago, to continue its work in the Sudan.

“What I am trying to do is continue to keep a satellite, that we’ve been using to monitor war criminals, on the border between the south and the north of Sudan,” he said.

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