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You may be surprised who makes the most money from public speaking

Lovemoney Logo By lovemoney staff of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 26: Barack Obama attracted criticism last month for accepting $400,000 (£308k) – the equivalent of his annual salary as president – to speak at a conference in September organized by Wall Street bank Cantor Fitzgerald. The former US leader is poised to rake it in on the lucrative international lecture circuit, but he wouldn't be the first VIP to make a fortune delivering lofty keynote speeches and witty after-dinner repartee. We take a look at 25 of the world's highest-paid public speakers.

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Barack Obama attracted criticism last month for accepting $400,000 (£308k) – the equivalent of his annual salary as president – to speak at a conference in September organized by Wall Street bank Cantor Fitzgerald. The former US leader is poised to rake it in on the lucrative international lecture circuit, but he wouldn't be the first VIP to make a fortune delivering lofty keynote speeches and witty after-dinner repartee. We take a look at 25 of the world's highest-paid public speakers.
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