As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made $186,000 a year.
As a former secretary of state, senator from New York, first lady and generally a “Friend of Bill” involved in her husband’s foundation work, she will make more than $200,000 for a single speaking engagement.
This places Clinton in the stratosphere of the speaking circuit, along with others who make more than $200,000 for a talk, including her husband, the former president of the United States, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California, action film star and champion body-builder.
Politico’s Playbook this week first reported Clinton’s admission to the club, noting that she also will “likely do some speeches for no fee for causes she champions, and expects to occasionally donate her fees for charitable purposes.”
By Buzzfeed’s count, that paid speaking circuit is worth $200,000 to $250,000 a pop for Schwarzenegger, $150,000 a talk for former President George W. Bush and $100,000 a year for his vice president, Dick Cheney. Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Republican candidate for vice president in 2008, draws $75,000 to $100,000. Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC talk show host and former Republican congressman from Florida, pulls in $45,000.