Speeches are big business for many

Sept. 27, 2004 at 5:01 PM

BOSTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who charges $350,000 per speech, is the most expensive speaker in the world, but relatively unknowns can make a living.

While former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani gets $100,000 per speech and Ken Burns, who makes documentaries for PBS, charges $50,000 to talk for an hour, Vince Poscente, who competed in the 1992 Olympics as a speed skier gets $16,500 a talk, reported the Boston Globe Monday.

Peter Vidmar, a pommel-horse gymnast who led the U.S. men's Olympic team to a gold medal in 1984, speaks to more than 100 groups a year for $16,500 per talk. Vidmar's pommel horse can come too, but there's an extra charge.

"Sweatin' to the Oldie" creator and exercise guru Richard Simmons, Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, and tabloid-TV host Deborah Norville charge $25,000 a speech.

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, known for making a single tackle 30 years ago for Notre Dame, makes 100 dates a year at $20,000 per talk and swimmer Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics gets $20,000 a talk.

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