To politicians either fresh off a presidential bid or toying with a future run, speaking gigs offer good money, an opportunity to solidify a public persona and much-needed practice at public speaking. If the politicians below are any example, public appearances for former politicians and future presidential office seekers is good business.
Hillary Clinton In the six months since stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton — at left, speaking June 13 at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago — has addressed apartment-complex developers in Dallas, private-equity managers in Los Angeles and business executives in Grand Rapids, Mich. Still to come are travel agents, real estate brokers, clinical pathologists and car dealers — collecting more than $200,000 per appearance, according to one executive who arranges speaking tours. Jim Young /Reuters Buy Photo