Clinton Speech Income Passes $75M Mark

Last year was his most lucrative ever
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2011 3:19 PM CDT
Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the 2011 Fiscal Summit by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC, May 25, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – It turns out being an ex-president pays pretty well. In the 10 years since leaving office, Bill Clinton has made $75.6 million from speaking engagements, with last year standing as his most lucrative yet, according to disclosure forms Hillary must file as secretary of state. Bill earned $10.7 million over 52 appearances last year, which, CNN observes, is a substantial increase over the 36 gigs he took on in 2009.

Almost two-thirds of Clinton’s haul over that 10-year span comes from speeches delivered overseas; he’s delivered 215 addresses across 48 foreign countries. He charges an average of $181,000 per speech, though some come in much higher than that. In 2010, for example, he received a combined $1 million from a gig in Moscow for Renaissance Capital and another in the United Arab Emirates for Novo Nordisk. And that's not even counting the $30 million he's received in book sales, notes Politico.

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