Blair Banks $20M in First Year as Ex-PM

Feat beats Clinton, but UN wonders if he's doing his peace job
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2008 2:05 PM CDT
Blair gestures while speaking during a news conference by the Middle East Quartet at UN headquarters.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Tony Blair took in around $20 million since stepping aside as British PM last October, the Times of London reports, six times what he’d made in his entire life and more than double Bill Clinton’s take in his first year out of office. Some at the UN have questioned whether Blair is spending enough time in his unpaid role as Middle East peace envoy, however.

Most of Blair’s income comes from speaking engagements and consultancy, with the likes of JPMorgan; he often commands $250,000 for a 90-minute speech. Though Blair’s staff maintains he is spending one week a month in the Middle East, a UN official in Jerusalem says “there is a general sense that he is not around.”