July 30th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
3 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. Ike (Atlanta, GA)

    Why my comment is still waiting moderation?

    July 30, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Another Republican for Obama

    CNN is angry that Clinton didn't win the primaries. That is why they flip-flopped into the "Independent Network". Give me a break. CNN was and still is the Clinton News Network and they are angry at Obama. Look at how much NEGATIVE press they give him compared to postive. It's about 3 to 1 negative.

    July 30, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Vietnam Vet

    I have no idea why a moderator would allow nomcsame or texas traildog's racist rant 's in this venue. They just can't grow up and big big boys. Well kid's guess what the man is bi-racial -get over it.
    You are both a couple of morons

    Moderate that CNN

    July 30, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. bob in LA

    good for him! If poeple were willing to shell out that much money for him, so be it.

    July 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Beverly, NYC

    Good going Bill 15 Mil to go and you can retire Hillary's debt. You can count on the Puma's or the 18 million sitting on their pocketbooks. They wanted your wife to keep fighting but can't contribute $2 each!
    I don't want to see her pimp herself out for lunches with constituents anymore there is something unseemly about it ,don't you think?

    July 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. a southern bell for OBAMA

    IT'S A SHAME HE HASN'T MADE ONE THAT BENEFITS

    THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. WE GAVE HIM THE JOB

    AND HE GAVE US NOT WHAT WE DESERVE NOR WHAT

    WE CAN USE. HE SHOULD COME OUT AND CALL THE

    REPUBLICANS WHAT THEY ARE, SCUM BAGS, BUT NO.

    OUR ECONOMY HAS THE MOST LETHAL CANCER & THE

    CLINTONS ARE SPENDING THEIR TIME NEGOTIATING WITH

    THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN, FOR GOD KNOWS WHAT.

    July 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Joe Taydus

    Who would vote for a guy who stoops to such lows because he is losing the batlle for the media's attention? This is also the same guy who said that he would run an admirable campaign and not revert to dirty tactics when Hilary and Obama were doing battle. What else will this guy lie about????

    July 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. bellabella

    Looks to me like the Clinton's won't miss the 13 million that Hillary loaned herself in the primary campaign!! As the saying goes: "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer"!! Doesn't seem to matter if its the 21st century!! The odds of becoming poorer seem to increase from one generation to the next!

    July 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Matt-NE

    Shouldn't be surprised.

    Clinton sold out America to China, why stop there?

    July 30, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Jen B

    That is obscene.
    Didn't Hillary deride Obama and his eloquence during her campaign. A tad hypocritical, n'est-ce pas.

    July 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Senior female

    Barack Obama CANNOT hold a candle to Bill Clinton, in any shape, way or form..........can't be done. Bill Clinton brought the Democrat Party back from the dead in 92 and Howard Dean turned around and dared to treat him like a step child during the primary.

    When the rock star Obama looses in Nov. the uber left Dems will get the message.......The Clintons are "simply the best" and you let the newbies take over the party and lose. Whatever the Clintons do they have my support.

    July 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. RSB

    I think he should use this money to pay off Hillary's campain debt. I also question why he makes so much speaking in other countries. Is it because we're tired of listening to him?

    July 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Vic

    Why did you people at CNN had to call his earnings (using his God-given talent) a HAUL?

    July 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Will in Richmond, VA

    Dude... What is UP with that shirt – tie- suit combo??

    All that money and he can't hire a coordinator?

    July 30, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. karen-phoenix

    McCain is in the pockets of big oil and we the American people will pay. To answer an above question: I'm a white, 64 year old female republcan who is backing Obama to the point I am sending him money weekly. He is the best thing for this country!!

    July 30, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. al

    ********************************************

    SO.......HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST OBAMA FOR EACH BILL CLINTON'S SPEECH?

    July 30, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    I hope you and Hillary will get all these puma people to see the daylight if they vote for Mccain just another for years of Bush. Please make them see how stupid and dumb, and that they are being a racist. I supose they think if voting for Mccain his billionaire wife will put gas in there car, make the mortgage payment and put grocerys on the table and also she can get them a good supply of the drugs they need. So please get these people to wake up.

    July 30, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Martin Howell

    "He did not delivery any paid speeches..." CNN WWHEN WILL YOU PAY ME FOR COPY-EDITING?

    July 30, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    NoMcSame

    thats right who are these WHITE people to scrutinize a jr. senator looking for a promotion 130 days after he got one from the state senate, to the us senate. and who are these WHITE people who were wondering why the "NEGRO"(your words, not mine) is going around europe talkin like a president when he hasnt got the job yet. and who are these WHITE people to talk bad about you when you say you want to redistribute what THEY worked for, for the NEGROS govt programs, dont they know these WHITE people should just annoint him.

    July 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Mary from Canada

    No MCsame – I cried reading your e-mail. The american people must open their hearts fill it with love love love and understanding and do the RIGHT THING. pEACE AND lOVE

    July 30, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Picabo, Upstate New York

    ...civic organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles (delivered on March 6 for $150,000)...

    He charged $150,000 to the Boys and Girls Club? Seems kind of greedy. How many kids could that money have helped?

    ps. Typo in 3rd paragraph: "He did not delivery any paid speeches..." Gotta love those editors

    July 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. MARYANN Oswego IL

    William J Clinton is the best former President we had. The way Obama and the DNC ditched the CLINTONS is unamerican.Bill Clinton has helped so many people here in the USA in the 90's and is helping people in Africa today and helped get Harlem NY back to a great place. I contributed to Hillary's campaign and I would love to hear the former President speak(yes I would pay). Bill Clinton's speeches come from the heart,he is the true American story.growing up without a DAD, going to public schools ,getting into great colleges because of his brain,and married one of the best role models any american can look up too.Remember Democrats when all of us LOVED BILL...what has happened to my party???? We elected him for 2 terms..stop ditching him now!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    By the way, nice coin if you can get it. And it looks like former President Clinton got plenty of it.
    Now, if he could get a little bit better wardrobe. The outfit he's wearing in the pix above is, well, wearing on me. :-)

    July 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Tom

    NoMcSame, you are what keeps this a racist country... You wont let it go. The Black community is just as much to blame as the white community, get over it and yourself!

    July 30, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Mike, TX

    That should pay off Hillary's campaign debt, although Obama's going to take more than half of that through new taxes.

    July 30, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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