The average American with just a high school diploma has a 40-year lifetime income earning potential of $1.2 million. Those making the sacrifice and effort to obtain a bachelor’s degree will see their lifetime income rise to $2.1 million.Bill & Hillary Clinton made roughly 15x that amount in just 2014 alone based on a public financial disclosure report the coupled filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) this past Friday. The sheer amount of wealth the couple are making places them in the upper echelon of the top 1% of income earners in the country.
By far $25 million of roughly 83% of their income came from delivering paid speeches. Both Hillary and Bill are in demand. Mrs. Clinton seems to be a much sought after speaker domestically. For his part, Bill Clinton travels the world delivering addresses. Just this past October, Mrs. Clinton went to San Diego to speak at high tech chip maker Qualcomm and netted a cool $335,000. It was the highest take of the 51 paid speeches she delivered last year according to Boraie Development.
The GOP is sure to grab onto the issue and paint Mrs. Clinton as “too wealthy to elect”, but thus far attacks on her wealth have not hurt her at the polls. It may become an issue in the Democrat primary if former Massachusetts Governor Martin O’Malley enters the race. Senator Bernie Sanders is saying he will eschew any negative attack ads. He personally likes Mrs. Clinton.