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

Bill Clinton 2007 speech haul tops $10 million

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/30/art.billc.gi.jpg caption="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. Mike from L.A.

    That's how you repay wifey's debt!

    July 30, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. j wil

    I hate to be the one to break the news to everyone, BUT Obama is half white. It is funny how no one seems to make a note of this. SO for all who think he represents a certain race it is time to realize that is what the media and also his party are hoping you buy into. And if you all could make millions giving speeches then good for you go do it. I know if I could make money doing that I would. 54 speeches beats a year of work!!

    July 30, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. SANTE


    1. Everybody who is NOT a snob senses that something is not exactly O.K. with that so called "New Politician".
    I see him like my doughier: tells me exactly what I would like to hear.

    I think that Guy and his gang had studied the social behaviour in USA long before had started the elections and they simply manipulate us very effectively!
    Simply: DO NOT TRUST HIM!!!!

    2. No offence, but am I correct that OBAMA is very much supported and loved by HOMOSEXUALS?

    / Not because I do not respect them as human beings/

    3. His color is NOT my concern but his attitude : HE IS ARROGANT!
    e.g. Is it appropriate a future President to chew a gum walking as a peacock at front of the cameras?

    4. If he is "sooo gifted" and almost genius, what he had done for 45 years before the beginning of that election?

    July 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Spider


    What a crock!! Try getting informed. Until the conventions are over we are NOT in the General Election. Barack Obama is presently the "presumed" party candidate. Anything, repeat anything, can happen between now and the end of the convention.

    July 30, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Billy. LA

    If anyone gives a dime to pay off Hillary's debt, they are total jerks. The Clintons have more money than God and ought to pay off their own debts. Furthermore, she ran an amaturish campaign and should have conceded earlier which would have reduced her debt.

    Don't give!!! Save your money for Obama.

    July 30, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. john

    Shouldn't the real story here be that shirt and tie combination. Did he decide to dress up as Mardi Gras for Halloween?

    July 30, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Carol-Illinois

    The next time a civic organization calls for a donation, I will ask how much the speakers are paid for any activity. I think it is appalling that these celebraties are paid so much while most of them act like they are helping and doing charitable work. The average person will be asked for $20.00 or anything he can give. How many people paid for Bill's speech. By the way, doesn't the Boys and Girls club get tax money?

    July 30, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. b Jiggy

    Every politician flip flops you morons. Hillary did, McCain and Obama has. So that is an invalid reason to vote or not vote for someone. With that being said..... GO OBAMA!!!!!

    Democrats 08!!!! 🙂

    July 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. fotogal

    I would have voted for Clinton if there was anyway possible to have done so back when he was ending his second term. I will vote for Hilary Clinton if she's given the opportunity in 2012. Obama is the choice of many people, he's got alot to prove if elected. Don't count out McCain folks, it's a horse race right now. And why is anyone upset by Richardson (Judas) giving fundraiser's for Hilary. It's not the poor folks he's inviting, obviously there is money out there, but not in anyone's pockets that I know of.

    July 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Debra, you are one of those uneducated bitter people.
    Sweetie, this is how you spell "wives".

    Obama/Biden 2008-2016

    July 30, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Beverly, NYC

    Belle who are you trying to kid, Obama never had your vote you were always in the barrel for Hillary.

    July 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. linda from South Dakota

    so my question to bill is,,,, why dont you just donate all that money to your wifes debt,,, and if you have to ,, make more speeches(if you think you are sooo specail) and pay it off that way??? bill cliton always has thought he was and is a "pretty boy",, but no in my books,, no way

    July 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Rob

    Why are the Blacks in America so angry, and they seem to feel they are the ONLY minority...Grow up, your misplaced anger should be aimed elsewhere. Quit blaming the world for your woes!!!!! That is why myself, and many more that I know expatriated out of the US, too much hatred too much reverse racism brought on by the black population there.....They will never allow themselves as a people to progress...JMHO....


    July 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. beachgirl

    Bill Clinton is a smart person and the American people LOVE HIM, enjoy listening to him, and that's why he get paid good money to talk. Wouldn't you do the same??

    Belle is correct, I am another Demo that will NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA, and will wait again for Hillary in 2012. Obama lacks experience, he is just beginning to know politics, to know the american people and he will NEVER connect with people of my generation (55-65).

    Good for you Bill, Go Hillary!

    July 30, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Andrew

    If he's so supportive of Hillary, why isn't he helping her retire some of that debt she got herself into? Why is she asking the rest of the country to do it?

    July 30, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. Xango





    July 30, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Nice shirt Rico Tubbs.

    July 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. Spider

    Ha, ha, ha.

    Comparing Bill Clinton's speaking engagements to Barack Obama's rock concerts!!!!!

    Barack Obama's audiences are starry eyed groupies gathered together to see the new Messiah. The man could speak Lithuanian and get applause. Once he gets elected and forgets all about those people his appeal will fail. Bill Clinton speaks to crowds of people interested in what he has to say, not just some flamboyant words.
    We'll see, if elected, what Barack Obama is able to make on speeches after he is drummed out of office.

    July 30, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    "But his incongruent works vs. actions had me switch to Clinton."

    Belle this is just plain ignorant. You are going from Obama to someone who blatantly lied, distorted, extorted, pandered, racialized, genderized, and completely manipulated people in her quest to unseat Obama as the primary candidate.

    Come on, you're not THAT stupid are you?

    July 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. johnnytarmac

    While Mccain's even having a hard time talking,
    Obama's going on, and just keeps on rocking,
    While Hillary's accounts are all but tanking,
    Good Ol' Bill's gone somewhere wanking.

    July 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Denise Groves

    WOW!!!!!! A POTUS that is a superstar!!!!!

    OBAMA, go on with your bad self!!!!

    July 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    And Hillary has the NERVE to be whining about and begging others to retire her campaign debt...PLEASE! Ask your husband to cut you a check for some of that...the flagrant, unmitigated nerve of these people is approaching comical status.
    OBAMA '08 & '12

    July 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. georgia

    Somethings & some people just won't change !
    After his escapades suporters paid millions in legal fees for him & now the entitled duo are scratching any & every where for others to pay for her shoddy campaign . & they just keep raking in the dough ! There is still something very wrong with this picture !

    Belle you stand on a soap box for crooks while calling others the same. Clearly your agenda is something else as you seem to have an affinity for crooks .

    July 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. colene

    It's good that bill is able to make a lot of money now after serving this country as president. they were good years but they were not perfect. he made a lot of personal mistakes that the country had to pay for and it made him spend his time defending himself and not governing the country. this is past let's look forward to a new and better time with obama.

    July 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    To Jerry in Boston re:
    –"Since 2000, The Clinton's have donated twice as much, as a
    proportion of their income, as the Obama's."

    Don't go polishing up the Clinton's halos TOO very vigourously, Jer, the Clintons have more moral wrongs in their closet to make good for...all the money in the world won't buy Bill out of the bad karma his immoral, AMORAL behaviors created. No wonder he has to work so hard for charity...as if he is doing the world a favor. We are responsible, as human beings on this planet, for other human beings and should all be engaged in charitable work. Because Bill has the money to buy off his wrongs in this life, does NOT put him in line for canonization for sainthood.

    July 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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