July 30th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Bill Clinton 2007 speech haul tops $10 million

Bill Clinton made millions in 2007 off speeches.
Bill Clinton made millions in 2007 off speeches.

(CNN) - Former president Bill Clinton earned $10.1 million in 2007 from paid speeches, according to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate financial disclosure reports released Wednesday.

Clinton delivered a total of 54 paid speeches in 12 states, the District of Columbia, and 11 countries. His haul from speaking fees for 2006 was $10.2 million.

His most expensive address was delivered on August 14, 2007, in London to AEG, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, for $425,000. The former president earned $150,000 for 31 of his 54 speeches and an overall average of $186,759.26 per speech. He did not deliver any paid speeches for less than $100,000 in 2007.

The groups he addressed last year include large companies, such as General Electric (delivered on January 13 for $150,000) and Goldman Sachs (delivered on March 1 for $150,000); civic organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles (delivered on March 6 for $150,000); and media organizations, such as TVLand (delivered on March 23 for $150,000) and KCBS Radio in San Francisco (delivered on April 14 for $150,000).

Just over half of Clinton’s income from paid speeches came from overseas. He earned a total of $5,150,000 from speeches in 10 countries: Canada (six speeches for a total of $1.1 million); Denmark (three speeches for a total of $790,000); Great Britain (2 speeches for a total of $595,000); Germany (one speech for $250,000); Greece (one speech for $300,000); Hungary (one speech for $275,000); Korea (one speech for $150,000); the Netherlands (one speech for $250,000); Norway (three speeches for $870,000); and Sweden (two speeches for $595,000)


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soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. Obama is THE ONE

    NoMcSame: I hope you don't mind me borrowing your poem and posting it on another website. Great piece.

    July 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. TheTruthHurts

    Good for him. And no, he shouldn't be required to pay off Hillary's bills. If her supporters want to pay up, let them. However, if they don't nobody else made those debts but her. Unless of course, we want another government bailout.

    July 30, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Bill made $200K a year for 8 years as the most powerful man in the world (note it was raised to $400K during the Bush admin). It is hard to argue that he (and all previous presidents) wasn't underpaid.

    Being president has delayed financial benefits. What's the big deal. People want to pay him to talk, so why shouldn't he do it?

    July 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Ted

    Maybe someone should start a website showing how much he has taken in on propaganda speeches and how much he has used to help his wife retire the debt she ran up and fully expected voters to cover. Maybe her loyalist screwball PUMA"s could pony up eough cash to have Bill make a speech for them on the condition that he donate the money to "debt retirement" .
    .

    July 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Joseph L

    Its funny cnn wont post any anti OBAMA but they will post anything against Bush or McCain.Obama is a b rated hollywood movie at best.All the hype untill release date then a big bust.Let him do some town hall meetings that involve real questions then make your minds up.I WOULD TAKE A LIFETIME OF BUSH OVER 1 TERM OF MARXISM SOCIALIST OBAMA.

    July 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Tired of the Hate

    President Clinton was the best!!! Hillary will be a great president. You Obamites with your hate filled rhetoric, continue to show your ignorance.

    Unfortunately, Obama will lose because you won't stop the hate and so we Clinton supporters can't find it in ourselves to join with you.

    I'm staying home in November...the DNC showed me that my vote doesn't count anyway.

    July 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Okay. 25M minus 10 equals 15 Million WAY TO GO CLINTONS! YOU CHOP THAT DEBT DOWN TO SIZE!
    Why are these people asking me for money? I was going to contribute to reducing Hillary's debt but now that I am reminded of exactly how rich these people are, I feel less inclined to part with my hard earned cash by giving it to them. I know one thing if the Dems are gonna beat the GOP, those guys are gonna need more money.
    I'm gonna buy another OBAMA T-SHIRT Those things are SO in style right now. It says you have hope for a brighter future

    July 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Phil-Texas

    Why don't you quit writing about ole Bill he cost Hillary the nomination. Maybe he would just shut up but I doubt it.

    July 30, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Biffington, Biff

    @ NoMcSame...

    WORD!

    (NICE RANT! SURE to upset some readers on this blog!)

    July 30, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Debra

    Funny, the Obama supporters don't care at all where Obama and his wifes money came from but they complain about the Clintons making money honestly instead of like Obama's gifts from Rezko and the other freak terrorists.

    July 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Sue

    What about the debt?

    July 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Canuck run amock

    Since when is Canada "overseas"?

    July 30, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Sensation

    wondering how much Bush will get for speeches...but yeah this isn't news

    July 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. BH

    Smart people do pay to hear one of the smartest man on earth.

    July 30, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    Hmm why havent we seen Bill out campaigning for unity with Obama? Is it because he knows that Obama fully plans to snub his wife and not offer her the vice presidency. What a way to endorse obama threw an aide and a released statement.
    Well Im with you Bill-No bama not falling in line. "Not this Time"
    Mc 08
    Hillary 12

    Bill Clinton is still the best democrat elected in the last 30 years..oh wait he is the ONLY one because of moderate not liberal postions.

    July 30, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. arc, Lugano CH

    The Democratic nomination race was a spirited one to put it mildly. President Bill Clinton said some things and took some actions at the time that I didn't support. However, he was supporting his wife. This is to be respected.

    I voted for President Clinton in 1992 and 1996 and I am one among many who find his work through his global fund quite admirable.

    $10M from delivering speeches? The man is a Political Powerhouse. Good health and happiness, President Clinton!

    July 30, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. A Woman In California For Obama

    And she's asking for OUR money. Please...

    July 30, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Southern view

    That 's $188,888.89 per speech. He needs to do 132.35 or we'll round it off to 132 speeches to pay Hillary's 25,000,000 debt. But then again, the price must have gone up in 2008 so let's say 100 speeches.

    July 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. mike

    He charged the Boys and Girls Club??

    July 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. ex-Republican for Obama

    Bill Clinton was a great president. I hope he'll campaign hard for Obama.

    July 30, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. McCain 08

    Please tell the Hillary supporters we do not need them to win this election. Go home and bake some cookies.

    McCain 08,12

    July 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Barack the Vote in RI

    To Heather from Florida –

    You obviously don't get it....."NoMcSame" is merely pointing out the racist point of view that these ex-HRC/now McCain/PUMA supporters have in respect to Obama.....he's being sarcastic....and I agree with his point 100%.

    Did you go to school?

    July 30, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. MsSapphire, Little Rock

    To: NomcSame...

    I too, cosign every word you wrote. Americans can use every excuse they can to "explain" their reasons for not voting for Obama.
    The truth is crystal clear to those who have open eyes.
    Obama '08
    p.s. the dream will be fulfilled!!

    July 30, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Tupac

    He charged civic organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles $150 K for speaking. First a rich Repub senator taking bribes in Alaska now this.

    Greed I guess has no limits. I guess he can use the money to pay of Hillary's dept.

    July 30, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Saad from NJ

    I love this man.... He is awesome... have acted a little weird at times lately but he is most definitely one of the legends of out time. And for people who think otherwise are simply just jealous of him, that's all.

    July 30, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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