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. BD

    Thank you, Jerry. Finally, someone else with a brain today.

    And Bill's in Africa doing his foundation work. Much more important than campaigning for BO.

    July 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    HE DOESN'T SEEM TO COME OUT & ATTACK THE

    REPUBLICANS. COME OUT & DEAL WITH THE

    "STRAIGHT SHOOTER" THAT HASN'T TOLD THE TRUTH ONCE.

    July 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Tom

    I can see the mean spirited Obama supporters continue to be critical of the Clintons. I think you believe you got the election wrapped up without the rest of us. President Clinton donates tons of his money to his foundation that is saving lives all over the world. He donated to Katrina victims. Who did Obama donate to – not Katrina victims only to his church even after he earned ton of money on his books. So give me a break?

    July 30, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Noah

    I am very sad about some of these comments, especially Mo Mc Same's ridiculous Negro rant. Anyone who knows Bill Clinton, and Hillary, for that matter, know that these two people are the furtherest thing from being racist. You guys have let the media blind you and create issue's when none should exist. Clinton, just like Obama, is a politician. We can take many comments from Michelle Obama, and call her a racist also, but we all know she is not. I think many people really need to look back and see what Bill Clinton did for all American's during his term, and what he continues to do for the human race today. This man should be applauded, not treated like tabloid fodder. So all you people still calling the Clinton's racist, wake up and do you homework. Its old, its wrong and it onlymakes you look petty.

    July 30, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Allison

    How did an article about Clinton's speeches turn into a debate about race and hardships?

    Get a life people.

    July 30, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Former Republican

    SLAVERYEND143YEARAAGO
    Slavery may have Ended , but Bigotry and Ignorance will always live inside people like you. I guess for everyone that has a problem with the country, they should just leave right?
    It's IGNORAMUSES like you that put people like BUSH and that Alaskan what's his face in leadership positions and let our country slip.
    If you look at where our cities rank now in the world, everyone one is either catching up fast or they are ahead of us, if this pattern continues, maybe people will start looking to start a better life somewhere else.

    July 30, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA

    I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT HE HASN'T

    COME OUT ATTACKING MCBUSH.

    HE SHOULD COME OUT & DISCUSS THE ECONOMY

    AND HOW MCSENILE POLICIES WOULD AFFECT IT.

    July 30, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    Gee CNN, did you even bother to mention that despite the $10 million he earned, Clinton is still drawing a pension and security detail from taxpayers funds. I guess that would be asking you to do some journalism.

    July 30, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. PUMA 4 HILL

    Yes, because he is a SMART and INFORMED human being. Just think what Hillary along with Bill could have done for our country... two for one and they both are smarter than all the contendors.

    I love the Clintons and I didn't even vote for him in the 90's – I was a sour independent for PEROT at the time.

    McCain '08 for Clinton (the real deal) '12

    July 30, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Mary

    Why so many Clinton haters? Are you better off under W than Bill? It's pretty well-established that the Clintons have given much to charity and paid much in taxes. If the shoe was on the other foot, HRC would help BHO retire his campaign debt. Early on, she helped retire campaign debt for other candidates. It's EXACTLY this misguided hate from irrational O-lovers that make HRC supporters look elsewhere.

    July 30, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. PUMA 4 HILL

    No McSame –

    You aren't a proud black person are you? I couldn't tell that you hold hate and bitterness and vengeance inside at all... nope, not at all.

    GROW UP and realize that YOU (black,white,hispanic,asian) are responsible for success – not the white man, not the government, not the rich. I am 45 and NEVER once uttered a racist slur or comment. I respect my fellow human beings – YEP, even after being mugged by three black guys and left for dead (a white guy saved me). And even afer my brothers and I were cornered by a gang of black kids who took our soda's and threw them at us and taunted us (thank God my older brother grabbed a stick to scare them off)...

    This is no longer a world where the Black man/woman is only mistreated. GROW UP and get over it.

    Hillary was the better choice period. Obama lacks character as I would never vote for anyone attending a loud and ugly church.

    July 30, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Hillary Bankrupt

    Even Bill's 10 Million in book sales, can't pay off Hillary's 20 Million DEBT!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    PRESIDENT CLINTON, AND WE MADE HIM PRESIDENT,

    SO HE CAN COMMAND THOSE SPEAKING FEES, SHOULD

    COME OUT AND SPECIFICALLY & CLEARLY TELL THE

    AMERICAN PUBLIC HOW THE MCBUSH ECONOMIC

    POLICIES WOULD FURTHER AFFECT OUR ECONOMY, A

    SUBJECT THE AMERICAN VOTERS WOULD TRUST HIM WITH.

    July 30, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. From Leaders to Beggars

    It's great to see the Clintons fall!!!!
    From leaders to beggars!!!!

    I'd willing give them $1 to help pay off their $20 Million Campaign Debt, if they agree to disappear for good!!!!!!

    I'm sure 20 other Million Americans would do the same :)

    July 30, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Bitter in Texas

    Belle....get a hold of yourself girl.....dang, you make my mother-in-law sound good!

    July 30, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Voter

    No McSame:

    You are the worst racist and whine I've seen yet. When I think of four years of that crap, I can't wait to vote Mr. Obama OUT.

    Obama is half white, and his father's typical early exit is the best thing that ever happened to him. He got raised by responsible adults while his hippy mother went out and found another guy just like the first one.

    Obama never gave up anything – he has no clue about the "Black Experience." You think he's like you? Take another look. He wouldn't cross the street to spend a few minutes with you.

    Obama does the "black thing" to get suckers like you to vote for him. He will do anything, say anything to get elected. If you want him to be black, he's black. If you want him to be white, he talks white. Whatever – it makes no difference but a vote.

    Try finishing high school, only having babies if you're married, sticking with one woman, preferably a wife. Stop killing each other and making our cities big holding tanks for felons. And do what responsible adults do to avoid HIVAids – your record is disgraceful.

    Proud of it? I guess you are, McSame. Whatever. Having to listen to your poor-me crap is reason enough to vote NO to Obama.

    July 30, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Sophia

    Will you people get a life! What Bill gets for a speech is nothing like what other speakers get paid....Do you know how much Jon Stewart get for 1/2 hour, 2 times the amount for Bill's speech!

    Hillary loaned her campaign $13.2M that is an investment for her but she cannot loan her campaign Bill's money. Check the contribution rules & regs!!!

    July 30, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. tess

    does any foreign country want to pay to have both of them live there full time – then they can give speeches all the time and not have to pay to travel. everyone benefits – they get the money and we get rid of them once and for al!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Nova from NV

    Dear Mr. President,

    You are one of the best presidents our country ever had. These haters do not care about the all the money you helped raised for AIDS research and the Sunami victims in Southeast Asia. They also do not care about the early retirement program you implemented to help our seniors. Thank you for all you have done for our country and for the world. All the haters will not remember but at least one American will.

    July 30, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. K

    So...NoMcSame, the presidential race for you is a racial vendetta against white people and make us hypocrites??? I grew up in Compton, CA just outside of Watts. My neighborhood was IN the Watts riots of the 60's. My parents moved to Alabama in 1969. YOU sound just like the white BIGOTS I heard spouting there, it just changed color. Why don't you wake up and see that your life in America is better than most of the worlds population. No one is keeping us back, but ourselves. To gain respect, we need to be respectable. To be honorable we need to have honor. To gain acceptance we need to be acceptable. There are too many successful men and women of color now to keep playing the victim or race card and there are more and more every day. This is demeaning, bigoted, and offensive.

    July 30, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Jason

    No problem with this. The man paid his service to America, now he's smart and he's cashing in big time.

    Don't hate the player, hate the game.

    July 30, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Harvey in Va

    Good for the president I hope next year he earns 20Mil

    July 30, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. DJ CO

    BILL, WOULD YOU PLEASE GIVE HILLARY $22 MILLION BUCKS TO PAY OFF HER FREAKING CAMPAIGN DEBT! THANK YOU!

    July 30, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. PUMA 4 HILL

    Steve,

    You and all the Obama thugs DON'T GET IT, do you?

    We are not paying Hillary's debt down because we are supporting McCain now to do everything so Obama loses. Our money, time and energy is for the PUMA party in which Hillary does not support.

    Duh

    July 30, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Good he can pay off his wifes debt or pay for her next election...

    July 30, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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