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. dan

    10 million. you know this money comes straight off of the top of what big buisness overcharges us daily for.

    we need to mcwake up and and vote non partisen

    July 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. BD

    You people are clueless. Campaign finance laws don't ALLOW his speech money to be used for campaign debt. The only money Hillary can use for her debt is by contributions. Geez. If I met an Obama supporter who actually knew anything about politics, I'd die of shock.

    On topic though, way to go, Bill. That's my boy right there. I've met him a few times and haven't had to pay a cent. But I would if I had the money.

    Proud Clintonite since 1992!

    July 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Damian

    I wonder how much GW will make on speaches next year?! LOL!

    July 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. A Woman In California For Obama

    To: NoMcSame.

    I agree with you 100%. It's sad everything comes down to race but it does. What Obama and Michelle have had to endure is unbelievable. However, this is where we differ. WE don't have to take it. WE CAN make a difference. Should Obama lose this election because of racists who left the party WE can repay them for their ignorance. (BADP) Blacks Against the Democratic Party 2012. Let's show the democratic party in 2009 WE will NEVER be used again.

    July 30, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    I would say Hillary does not need my $50 to pay her bills. I sent it because Barack asked me to.
    Please send it back.

    July 30, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Susan

    That's good. He was a good president. Our country was in a lot better shape when Bill Clinton was President. Remember?

    July 30, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Carol

    WOW ! $ $ $ $ $10.1 Million ! WOW ! WOW ! WOW ! This is why they campain so HARD ! I would get into this racket too if I was younger. Travel, Food, sight seeing and ALL THAT MONEY- WOW ! Boy, just think of the shopping you can do !

    July 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. ATL

    @ NoMcSame
    I underrstand how you feel, but i also think it's time to move on. We are one nation

    July 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Hey Bill thought you were going to Campaign for Obama?

    July 30, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    noMcSame. What's with you? If it's so bad for you here, feel free to go back to Africa. We all know how much better life is there. How hard do you try? Black HS dropout rate 50%. Black illegitimate birth rate 70%. Black rate of imprisonment, 33% of males at some point in their life. These are all personal choices. They all effect future economic success. Want equality? Try some personal accountability.

    July 30, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. ch

    No McSame – How angry are you about the sexism?

    The fact that a man with no experience won the nomination over a smarter, more qualified WOMAN?

    July 30, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Virginia from PA

    And we're still talking about retiring her debt?

    July 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. tomboy

    He only made 10 Million??? Well ,then Hilary is right, we should all have to help and pay for her campaign expenses!!

    July 30, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Mat


    I have no clue what you're rambling on about – however it has no place here so take your soap box and preach in another area!

    July 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Kelby from Houston, TX

    heather from florida: It's funny how you call NoMcSame a racist. Either you are living far from your brothers and sisters or you're white. You have either lived a very sheltered life and have never exprerienced what millions of Black people see and hear on a daily basis or you're white. This is all true and just because we are bitter about blatant and closet racism does not make us racist ourselves. We have so much hope for Obama so much so that we hold our bitter toungues about racism in this crucial time. But please don't think of us as racist. We have always accepted you and other races. We are the ones who are rejected and despised of men. We have been slaves for centuries with no apoligies

    July 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. scott lymann


    He should have made 20 Million, he has the talent, why not get paid for it? Actors get 20 million for 1 movie and there is no wide range report of that. Bill Clinton deserves every penny he makes. PERIOD.

    July 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Mary

    So I am confused. Capitalist profit is good unless what? People want to hear him talk. They are willing to pay. He pays taxes on his income. What is the issue? I seem to remember he didn't exactly come from a money background. No trust funds there like our current leadership. For all I care he an make millions more. We can't get people to listen to the current president for free. Also exactly what does this have to do with Obama. Missing the connection there...

    July 30, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. cevans, tx

    Don't sound like anger to me. It is what it is!! Move on and up is what we've been trying to do for the past 200 years or more!! Slowly but surely!!

    Well said...

    A "Change" is gonna come!!

    July 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. b Jiggy

    And they call Obama an Elitist? He was raised by a single mom, i know alot more of those than I know millionaires.

    Go Democrats!!!


    July 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Sane John

    And yet Obama supporters are supposed to pay the debt Hillary racked up by spending money she didn't have.

    And we're supposed to want her as VP even though during her election she was great at mismanagement and spending money she didn't have.


    July 30, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. vic nashville,Tn

    After long time
    CNN thanks ,
    Very Good News
    Bill you are best president we had in past 40 years
    We wont have for another 4 years also
    Hillary 2012

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

    clinton charged that much for speeches, yet he is willing to do what evre obama ask, now who is kissing butt

    July 30, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Matt, Canoga Park

    Good now you just need another 15 million and you and your pan-handler wife can stop begging for money to pay the debts her ego bought.

    July 30, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    He deserves it. He left this country in good shape. Will the irrational hate for all things Clinton ever cease? People are sooooooo mean.

    July 30, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |


    July 30, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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