Bill Clinton Earns $6M in Speaking Fees in 2008

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2009 8:26 PM CST
Former President Bill Clinton speaks to the National Automobile Dealers Association during their meeting in New Orleans Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.    (JUDI BOTTONI)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton earned nearly $6 million in speaking fees last year, almost all of it from foreign companies, say financial documents filed by his wife. Of the former president's $5.7 million in 2008 honoraria, $4.6 million came from foreign sources, including Kuwait's national bank and firms in Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Portugal.

Executives at many of the firms also donated money to the Clinton Foundation. In addition to Bill Clinton's income from speaking fees, Hillary reported joint holdings of between $6.1 million and $30.3 million in a blind trust as well as cash, insurance, and retirement accounts worth between $1 million and $5.2 million. Hillary made between $50,000 and $100,000 in royalties from her 2003 memoir Living History. Her husband earned between $100,000 and $1 million for his 2004 autobiography My Life.