Saturday 23 September 2017

George Osborne has nabbed his fifth job: But what are all the others?

By Prudence Wade

Editing the Evening Standard is by no means the only thing that will be keeping him busy.

Unless you’ve only just got out of bed, no doubt you’ve seen the news that former chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard.

He will take up his role in May, editing the newspaper four days a week.

So it sounds like Osborne has a pretty full plate, right? Well, that’s not even the half of it, and here are all the other jobs he will be doing at the same time. Way to make us feel lazy, George.

Working for a US asset management fund

Last week Osborne’s role at the BlackRock Investment Institute was announced.

He told the Commons Register of Members’ Interests he expected to be paid £162,500 every three months for 12 days working as an “adviser on the global economy”.

Making speeches

Osborne is in high demand as a speechmaker, and you can be sure he isn’t paid peanuts for these duties.

He registered more than £780,000 in payments for making 14 speeches since last September. We wish somebody would pay us that much to give a talk but hey – we’re not ex-chancellor of the Exchequer.

Lecturing at a university

We’re not sure how much (if anything) Osborne’s getting paid for this one, or indeed how much of his time it will take up – but he’s a Kissinger Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at the University of Arizona (which is a bit of a mouthful if you ask us).

He’s the first recipient of the fellowship, which was set up by John McCain. According to the McCain Institute: “Kissinger Fellows will be responsible for assembling and leading a multidisciplinary working group focused on tackling a key foreign policy problem.” So there you go.

Oh yeah – he’s still an MP

As a backbench MP, Osborne gets a £74,000 salary (admittedly small-fry in comparison to the speeches, but still not something we’d turn down).

Osborne vowed to continue working for his Tatton constituency, where he has been MP since 2001.

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