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Friday 18 April 2014

Hillary joins Bill on lucrative speaking circuit

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

HILLARY CLINTON will turn her experiences as America's secretary of state and first lady into millions of dollars by joining the lucrative after-dinner speaking circuit, it has been announced.

Mrs Clinton, who resigned as US President Barack Obama's chief diplomat at the end of last month, has joined her husband, former president Bill, at one of the leading speaking agencies in the US.

Having been paid $186,600 (€140,000) a year as secretary of state, she will command a six-figure sum for speeches lasting less than an hour.

Mrs Clinton (65) will hope to emulate the success of her husband, who has made an estimated $89m (€66.66m) in fees as one of the prize assets at the Harry Walker Agency since leaving office in 2000.

"We are proud to share the exciting news that former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton has joined the Harry Walker Agency exclusively for her speaking engagements," the firm said. Representatives for Mrs Clinton could not be reached for comment.

Mrs Clinton said before stepping down that, in addition to public speaking, she expected to write a second memoir and take teaching positions before considering her long-term future.

She is under intense pressure from Democratic allies to run for the party's presidential nomination in 2016 having been defeated by Mr Obama in a hard-fought contest in 2008.

She has repeatedly brushed off suggestions that she is already hatching plans for one last political campaign.

Yet speculation has continued to mount, amid the disclosure that Mr Obama's political operation has paid off Mrs Clinton's remaining $250,000 debt from 2008.

A group of supporters has founded "Ready for Hillary", a fund-raising group poised to assist any official campaign. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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