How Much Clinton, Carter and the Bushes Earn By Just Talking
Former President Bill Clinton has made the most of any modern president on the speaking circuit. He gives dozens of speeches a year and each brings in between $250,000 and $500,000 per engagement, according to published reports. He also earned $750,000 for a single speech in Hong Kong in 2011.
Former President George W. Bush earns between $100,000 and $175,000 per speech and is considered one of the most prolific speech-makers in modern politics.
The news source Politico has documented Bush’s appearances on the speaking circuit and found he’s been the keynote in at least 200 events since leaving office.
Do the math. That amounts to at least $20 million and as much as $35 million in speaking fees he’s raked in. Though it should come as no surprise given his stated intention upon leaving off to “replenish the ol’ coffers.”