Washington’s most ex­pen­sive speak­ers

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Af­ter fin­ish­ing a long term in public of­fice, many politi­cians earn healthy amounts of cash through speak­ing en­gage­ments. In­deed, book­ing one of Amer­ica’s more recog­nis­able public fig­ures comes with a hefty pric­etag. Even though speak­ing en­gage­ments can prove highly lu­cra­tive for politi­cians, they can also be risky. The ex­tor­tion­ate prices charged by some speak­ers have, some­what un­sur­pris­ingly, some­times led to ac­cu­sa­tions of greed. So, who are the costli­est public speak­ers in the United States? ABC News took a look at some of the coun­try’s high­est speak­ing fees with Don­ald Trump com­ing first by a huge dis­tance.

The bil­lion­aire earned an in­cred­i­ble $1.5 mln for each of his 17 speeches (where he was con­tracted to speak for an hour) at The Learn­ing An­nex’s “real es­tate wealth ex­pos” in 2006 and 2007. Ac­cord­ing to ABC, The Don­ald will make a speech for $200,000 and up so his price may not al­ways stretch into the mil­lions. Economist and for­mer Fed­eral Re­serve Chair­man Ben Ber­nanke makes up to $400,000 per speak­ing en­gage­ment, plac­ing him sec­ond on the list while Bill or Hil­lary Clin­ton would cost some­where around $200,000.

For­mer Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Tim Gei­th­ner would also pick up $200,000 per speak­ing, en­gage­ment while the bill for avail­ing of Ge­orge W. Bush and Con­doleeza Rice’s speak­ing skills would come to $150,000.

If you in­tend hir­ing one of Amer­ica’s more recog­nis­able public fig­ures for a speech, you should start sav­ing.

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