Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has emerged as the world’s highest-paid public speaker, earning more than 15 million pounds since leaving 10 Downing Street, two years ago.
In the latest event, Blair earned about 400,000 pounds for a two and half-hour speech he delivered at the Ateneo de Manila University in Philippines.
Manny Pangilinan, chairman of PLDT, a telecom company that sponsored the speech, told The Sunday Times that Blair was paid 182,000 pounds for a talk entitled “The Leader as Nation Builder in a Time of Globalisation.”
Later that day Blair delivered another lecture, “The Leader as Principled Negotiator,” for a similar fee at a luxury hotel.
Bill Clinton, the former US president was regularly netting about 150,000 dollars per speech until he cut back on his public speaking earlier this year when his wife Hillary became the US secretary of state.
A spokesman for Blair said: “He is in great demand for his insight and analysis, which is a tribute to the highest esteem in which he is held.”
As well as a handsome income from public speaking, 55-year-old Blair also receives about 2 million pounds a year as an adviser to JP Morgan Chase, the investment bank and is paid a further 500,000 pounds a year for a similar role at Zurich financial Services.
He has signed a 4.6 million pounds deal for his memoirs.