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. Marc PDX

    If Bill Clinton got $10M for speeches imagine how much Barack Obama is going to get as the messiah. After all he can pack entire stadiums! Bill could only pack large auditoriums.

    Barock your biggest fantasies! 🙂

    July 30, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. California Gold

    So after Bill Clinton pays off Hillary's campaign debt, Hillary Clinton can take Bill Clinton out to dinner instead of her gimmick offer yesterday (we the public donate no less than $10 and win a chance for Hillary to take you to dinner). This way Bill can enjoy a tax write off and other benefits while Hillary's debt is retired. What a deal!

    July 30, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. heather from florida

    NoMcShame....you are clearly a racist!

    July 30, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Dale, Emlyn, Ky

    Ten Million HUH?
    Get him to pay off his wifes campaign debt instead of us tax payers .
    WOW there is a concept!

    July 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. ProudToBeDemocrat

    So as Hillary would say to Obama only speaches, but her husband is making millions with but speaches.

    July 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square


    July 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Former Republican for Obama

    Good for Bill Clinton. But why is this news?

    July 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Concerned in Alabama

    Well now..! And to think that Senator Hillary Clinton went negative on Obama in the primaries for his SPEECHES that the Republicans are now using on Obama.


    To think that Hillary continued to call Obama an "Elitist and Out of Touch with America" when Obama had just paid off his student loans.


    July 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Brina

    Seems like he could help his wife retire her debt....they are loaded but I guess the "hard working white people" will get right on that debt reduction thing.

    July 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Open Your 3rd Eye

    @ NoMcSame


    July 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Fred

    and they are worried about their debt because?

    July 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Darryl


    Bill Clinton is who Bill Clinton is..

    Remember what he said about "Big Oil".

    July 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Yupik1

    Well....I guess he could pay off Hillary's debts with about 75 speechs. Maybe Hillary's campaign paid him to speak during her campaign?

    July 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Kris from AZ

    I am so glad Hillary had not won the primary. This clown wont be the 1st man or gentlmen. Poor PUMAs...Its ok now go help her pay her debt.

    July 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Dot

    NoMcsame, what is the point you are making? What has that have to do with Bill's speaches?

    July 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Natalie

    @ NoMcSame: As an American woman (black), and extremely staunch Obama supporters, rants like that don't make things better, they just further divide our beloved nation. Hopefully, an Obama presidency will be a reality, but only time will tell. I know there are a lot less racists in this country than you actually think. You don't speak for all black folks.

    Obama/Clinton '08

    July 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Funky stuff

    I wonder if Bill will donate some of that money to help illegal immigrants. His NAFTA bill really hurt taxpayers here in the US. We should be re-inbursed.

    July 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. What?

    good for them. This makes me want to pay off her debt all the more.


    July 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Tireux De Roche

    Pretty impressive haul for talking.

    When did President Clinton acquire Ed McMahon's hair?

    July 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Seriously. We are paying Hill Street Blues' debts WHY?

    July 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. California Gold

    Ouch "No McSame" I understand your message and get your irony, but wanted to footnote a reminder to readers that Senator Obama is just as much white as he is black.

    July 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. not important

    Ask Bill Clinton why did he refuse to intervene in the Rwanda genocide?

    July 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Is anyone else thrown off by this article? What does this have to do with anything? OK?

    July 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. McLAME

    Clintons should pay their own bills. The writting was ON THE WALL for a month and a half before Hillary finally got her pant suit out of the way. Your "debt" is self inflicted.

    July 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Chuck, Tennessee

    Maybe while the Dems are trying to force American corporations to pay their executives less, they should also tell corporations they can't pay a former US president $150,000 per hour for speaking

    July 30, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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